NCSF Sports Nutrition Specialist (Voucher Included)

In the Sport Nutrition Specialist course, you will be exposed to a variety of content related to nutrition and its relationship with human performance. The course will prepare you for successful completion of the NCSF-Sport Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Exam and will support an existing fitness related professional credential or allied health professional license.

You will learn about energy-yielding nutrients such as carbohydrates, fat, and protein, as well as the importance of vitamins and...

6 Months / 70 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES159

What you will learn

  • Know nutrients and recommended intakes
  • Master fuel sources for muscle and exercise metabolism
  • Learn about gastric emptying, digestion, and absorption
  • Understand how to manage body composition and weight
  • Know how to identify eating disorders in athletes
  • Learn about nutrition and immune functions in athletes
  • Understand nutrition needs and training adaptations
  • Learn how to calculate nutrient requirements and manage nutrient-timing to accelerate adaptations to training

How you will benefit

  • Prepare to sit for the NCSF-SNS Exam and to earn the Sport Nutrition Specialist certificate
  • Prepare yourself for a job as a personal trainer, strength coach, or allied health professional
  • Better your understanding of nutrition and health so as to become a healthier individual and more knowledgeable industry professional

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 70 course hours
  1. Unit 1 Introduction to Nutrients and Intakes
    1. Nutrients
    2. Nutrients and Recommended Intakes
  2. Unit 2 Physiological Concepts for Nutrition
    1. Fuel Sources for Muscle and Exercise Metabolism
    2. Energy
    3. Gastric Emptying, Digestion and Absorption
  3. Unit 3 Macronutrients
    1. Carbohydrate
    2. Fat
    3. Protein
    4. Water Requirements and Fluid Balance
  4. Unit 4 Micronutrients and Supplementation
    1. Vitamins and Minerals
  5. Unit 5 Nutrition and Physiological Adaptations to Exercise
    1. Nutrition and Training Adaptations
    2. Body Composition
    3. Weight Management
    4. Eating Disorders in Athletes
    5. Nutrition and Immune Function in Athletes

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


You must be 18 years or older to take the Sport Nutrition Specialist Exam. You can register for the Sport Nutrition Specialist Exam at any time with the NCSF. Once registered for the exam, you will be provided a unique eligibility code, which allows you to schedule an exam for a date, time, and location of your choice. You must meet at least one of the following requirements to be eligible to take the exam:

  • Hold a current NCSF certification, or
  • A current NCCA-accredited fitness professional certification, or
  • A college degree (Associate's or higher), or
  • REPs Level 3 or higher credential (individuals outside the US and Canada)


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 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. You will receive access to the digital edition of the following textbook:

  • Sports Nutrition

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

Yes, this course prepares you for the NCSF-Sport Nutrition Specialist (SNS) exam.

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

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

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 successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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