NASM Certified Nutrition Coach + Weight Loss Specialist (CNC, WLS) (Vouchers Included)

Nutrition plays a key role in almost every aspect of the health and fitness industry. Beyond fitness instruction, many clients want to pick up healthy eating patterns and make long-term behavior changes. Completing this nutrition course and successfully passing the certification exam will make you a NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC). This industry-recognized certification proves that you understand nutritional science and behavior change strategies and can effectively coach clients.

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6 Months / 160 Course Hrs
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NASM Certified Nutrition Coach + Weight Loss Specialist (CNC, WLS) (Vouchers Included)

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Course code: GES1042

What you will learn

  • Foundational principles of nutrition science, including metabolism, macronutrients, micronutrients, hydration, alcohol, and nutrient timing
  • How culture, age, geographic region, and socioeconomic status influence dietary eating patterns
  • To customize a communication and coaching approach to fit your client's profile
  • To conduct a comprehensive client assessment and body composition testing
  • To explain the mechanisms and science behind trending diets and weight loss
  • Understand the obesity epidemic, client assessments, and the weight loss coaching process

How you will benefit

  • As a NASM Certified Nutrition Coach, you will be able to coach clients in both fitness and nutrition
  • Create customized, evidence-based nutrition programs for your fitness clients
  • Gain the skills and expertise needed to fill health and fitness jobs, such as sports nutritionist, weight management consultant, and wellness coach
  • Possess an additional certification for an existing portfolio, thus bolstering marketability
  • Show a deeper level of competence in the subject of weight loss
  • Have all necessary CEUs to renew the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 160 course hours
  1. NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC)
    1. Nutritional Science
      1. Introduction
      2. Scope of Practice
      3. Evidence-Based Nutrition and Practice
      4. Food Preference and Influences
      5. Energy Balance and Metabolism
      6. Protein
      7. Carbohydrates
      8. Fats
      9. Alcohol
      10. Micronutrients
      11. Hydration
      12. Nutrient Timing
      13. Supplements
    2. Behavior Change Strategies
      1. Psychology of Weight Control and Behavior Change
      2. Coaching and Communication
      3. Motivational Interviewing
      4. Goal Setting
    3. Nutrition Coaching
      1. Dietary Assessment and Body Composition Testing
      2. Food and Supplement Labels and Portion Size
      3. Helping Clients Navigate the Real World
      4. Navigating Diets
      5. Nutrition Hot Topics and Controversies
      6. Managing Weight-Loss Plateaus and Maintaining Weight Loss
      7. Programming – Putting it All Together
  2. NASM Weight Loss Specialist (WLS)
    1. Introduction to the NASM Weight Loss Specialist
      1. Introduction
      2. Scope of Practice
    2. The Obesity Epidemic
      1. The State of Obesity
      2. The Physiology of Obesity
      3. Psychosocial and Obesity
    3. The Science of Weight Loss
      1. Metabolism
      2. Nutrition and Supplementation
      3. The Impact of Exercise on Weight Loss
      4. Psychology of Weight Loss
    4. Client Assessments
      1. The Client Intake Process
      2. Conducting Fitness Assessments
    5. The Weight Loss Coaching Process
      1. Nutrition Coaching Strategies
      2. Fitness Coaching Strategies for Weight Loss
      3. Integrating Nutrition and Fitness with Weight Loss Client
      4. Weight Maintenance and Sustainability

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


There are no prerequisite to complete this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.15.7 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Yes, you will be prepared for the Weight Loss Specialist (WLS) and the NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) exams offered online through NASM.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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