Precision Nutrition is the system the pros turn to. Learn from PN’s 15+ years of work with multiple Olympic gold medalists, pro sports teams, elite athletes, and Fortune 100 companies.
Work through the textbook and online course materials at your own speed, with support from us whenever you need it.
The program is the culmination of the graduate courses we’ve taught, the data we’ve collected, and the research we’ve published.
Take the exams online at the end of each chapter (18 chapters total). Achieving 75% or more over the course of the program earns you a passing grade and your Pn1 credentials.
Use the client-tested, scientifically proven methods we’ve used to help nearly 50,000 clients achieve total body transformations.
Get the textbook and certification materials shipped directly to your door, at no cost, no matter where you live.
Stay on top of a fast-moving field and translate research into results. Take what you learn and immediately apply it with your clients.
Try it for 45 days. If it’s not for you, return your textbook and get a full refund.
Check out this short video; it fully explains the program and includes interviews with renowned coaches
Eric Cressey, Molly Galbraith, Adam Lloyd, and Jon Goodman.
You're a new breed of health and fitness pro. This is a new breed of education. The PN Level 1 Certification will teach you the methodology we've tested, refined, and proven with nearly 50,000 of our own clients.
Helping your clients transform their bodies can be diffucult and time-intensive. We’ll show you a better way. Using what we’ve learned from working with close to 50,000 people, we created a proven nutrition system you can follow to get better results with any client.
After 15 years in the fitness industry, we’ve watched fads come and go. That’s why we carved our own path, constantly tweaking, improving, and testing our methods based on the latest in nutrition, exercise, and psychology research.
“The principles behind Precision Nutrition are the same type of advice Dr. John Berardi has been sharing with Olympians and professional athletes. What’s different is that now anyone can work with Berardi and his team of coaches for less than it costs to join a CrossFit gym.”
Developed by John Berardi, PhD, CSCS and co-written with Ryan Andrews, MS, RD, Brian St Pierre, MS, RD, and Krista Scott-Dixon, PhD, the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification is the synthesis of everything we've learned during the last 15 years of coaching and research in the nutrition field.
Dr. Berardi (a.k.a. “JB”) is a co-founder of Precision Nutrition, which has become the world’s largest online nutrition coaching and certification company. He’s an advisor to Apple, Equinox, Nike, and Titleist, and was recently selected as one of the 20 smartest coaches in the world by Livestrong.com.
Precision Nutrition advises organizations around the world, coaches elite athletes & sports teams, and has been featured in leading publications. There’s a reason over 1.5 million people come to our website for advice every single month.
“John Berardi is one of the top sports nutrition experts in the world. He concentrates on simple solutions that actually work. That’s why he’s a key part of our high-performance team.”
– Paul Winsper, Nike Sports Performance Director Nike NFL Pro Training Camp
“I was really looking to dial in and optimize my nutrition for performance and recovery. Precision Nutrition was a terrific resource to help me reach my goals.”
– Hayley Wickenheiser, Five-time Olympic medalist, Pro hockey player
“Thanks, John, for making me bigger and stronger. You are the best thing that I’ve added to my training regimen.”
– Georges St-Pierre, Three-time Welterweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Twice a year, we work with a select group of clients, coaching them using our proven nutrition system for 12 months. This allows us to continually text and validate our methodology. With close to 50,000 successful body transformations to date, we’re confident that you’ll be able to see the same type of results with your clients.
Over the past 15 years, we’ve coached close to 50,000 clients to incredible body transformations. Join the Presale List and we’ll show you how.
Once you register, you can start right away with our online study strategy guide — and you'll get your textbook shipped to you, free of charge, anywhere in the world.
Once you receive your textbook and materials, you’ll find all the forms, questionnaires, and assessment tools we use here at PN. They’re all yours to use with your own clients.
Read a chapter of the textbook.
Each of the 18 chapters teaches you key nutrition and coaching concepts; we took complex research and simplified it into an easy-to-understand format that makes learning enjoyable. The first half of the textbook covers the science of nutrition while the second half teaches you the step-by-step process for successfully coaching nutrition with your clients.
Watch the online video seminars whenever you want.
The video seminars correspond with each chapter and will help you internalize the material you read in the textbook. Watch (and re-watch) whenever you like.
Complete your workbook questions.
Includes practice questions to help you prepare for the chapter exam.
Review the FAQ for that chapter.
Get answers to the most common questions.
Write your chapter exam online.
When you feel ready, take the 10-question chapter exam. Once the exam is completed, you’ll see your results and be able to advance to the next chapter of the course.
By the end of the course, you’ll have written 18 short, 10-question exams, for a total of 180 questions. Get at least 135 of the questions correct (75%) to earn your Pn1 credentials. We’ll send your official certificate immediately after you pass. Most of our students pass on the first try. But just in case you don’t, you’ll still have 5 more tries at the exam. And of course, we’re here to help you along the way if you need it.
Once you’re certified, provide your business and contact information to be listed on our site. That way local people interested in PN-approved help can easily find you.
The Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification qualifies for continuing education credits with the following organizations:
Now in its Third Edition, the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification has been completely re-envisioned from the ground up.
Nutrition science is dynamic, and new discoveries are made almost daily. And that’s just on the research side. As we continue to coach our own clients (nearly 50,000 of them to date), we’re discovering new methods of helping them achieve real, lasting behavior change.
That’s why we’re constantly updating the course curriculum. This is great for you because we just released the Third Edition.
Here’s what’s new in this edition of the Level 1 Certification:
Brand-new 600-page textbook, with the latest research in nutrition, exercise, and psychology.
Brand-new video lectures, one for each chapter of the textbook, to boost your understanding of complex nutrition and psychology topics. Check out a sample video below.
Brand-new client assessment forms and questionnaires to help you better understand your clients’ needs and unlock their potential.
Brand-new workbook and study guide with exercises and thought experiments to help you prepare for the online exams and retain the material for life.
Available only to Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification graduates, ProCoach is our cutting-edge nutrition coaching software that allows fitness and health pros to use our proven methods with their own clients.
ProCoach automatically guides your clients step-by-step through Precision Nutrition’s habit-based coaching program.
As a result, you end up looking like a rockstar super coach. You’re able to scale your business, automate nutrition coaching, and help many more clients than you could effectively on your own — in about the same amount of time.
Learn what ProCoach can do for you and how you can use it in your business.
The Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification is trusted by elite-level fitness professionals worldwide.
“The Level 1 Certification allows you to immediately affect positive changes in the lives of your clients. One of the things I absolutely love is the focus on the big things first — the behavioral modifications, and the quick fixes that can yield dramatically improved results.”- Eric Cressey, MA, CSCS
“What really makes a great coach, and what I think works so well in the PN Level 1 program — it’s not about telling someone to do something. It’s about knowing what questions to ask, and then leading the person in the right direction.“- Jon Goodman, CSCS
“The Level 1 program gives you the skills and tools that you need to actually go out and do it. So it’s not just academic information. It gives you everything you need to be a successful coach.“- Marie-Josee Perrier, PhD
“We have tried every nutrition program out there. Precision Nutrition is by far the most thorough, informative, effective system we have seen. Not only is our entire team PN-certified, we recommend it to every gym we consult with.“- Alwyn and Rachel Cosgrove, Founders of Results Fitness.
“This certification is not only incredibly thorough, it also mixes practicality and reality into the program. The Precision Nutrition team is as interested in science as they are behavioral modification. And that’s the true way to get results.”- Martin Rooney, creator of the Training for Warriors system.
“Not only will you come away from the certification with a tremendous amount of knowledge about nutrition — you will also gain valuable skills on how to assess and help each client you work with.“- Kirstin Schell, Education Manager of GoodLife Fitness.
“The Precision Nutrition Certification stands head and shoulders above all other nutrition programs because of its focus on actionable items for fitness professionals. There is simply no other course available that teaches you the art and science of coaching for every situation.”- Dev Chengkalath, PN Graduate
“From the average Joe to the professional athlete, Precision Nutrition is the system coaches, trainers and nutritionists need to add to their toolbox for optimal success. I highly recommend this certification for anyone who wants to make a lasting difference in their athletes’ performance and health.”- Adam Feit, PN Graduate
“The Precision Nutrition Certification helped me to combine the science of coaching with a sustainable method of implementing that science, making me a more capable professional. “- Ron Dykstra, PN Graduate
“The Precision Nutrition Certification gave me the confidence of knowing I’m following a proven method that’s brought success to thousands of clients. And it shows! My own success has increased since applying what I learned.”- Carolina Belmares, PN Graduate
“The Precision Nutrition Certification has added more value to my business by allowing me to use nutrition coaching with a whole range of clients. That’s just one of the reasons I highly recommend the program.”- Alicia Bell, PN Graduate
Lots of companies guarantee their products. We guarantee our services, too.
Our students make a commitment to learn from us — and we make a commitment to help them become better coaches. In the end, our students decide for themselves: Was it worth it? If yes, they earn their Pn1 credentials and feel confident that they can help any client through a successful body transformation. If no, we give them a full refund.
That’s our promise. Try the PN Level 1 Certification for 45 days. If you’re not happy with what you learn, return your textbook and we’ll give you every penny back. We’re confident in what we do and we stand by our work.
We only take a small number of new students and teach them our proven nutrition coaching system. Spots are first-come, first-served and historically sell out in hours.
The general public price of the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification is $99 USD per month for 12 months. But when you join the free presale list today, you’ll get the opportunity to get it for only $79 USD per month or a one time payment of $799 USD — up to 35% savings.
If you decided to go back to school for a nutrition degree or to become a registered dietitian, you’d likely spend anywhere from $10,000 – $20,000 USD per semester. If you did a four-year degree, you’d be looking at spending upward of $40,000 – $100,000 USD.
The only problem? Most university courses lack real-world coaching opportunities. And most professors aren’t experienced coaches. That’s why many students find that they’re stuck once they graduate.
It’s also why, in the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification, we’ll share a proven coaching system that’s guaranteed to get results for your clients.
Indeed, after coaching 50,000 clients, we know what works. We’ve created a bulletproof system. And we’re making it available to you at a very affordable price.
|$40,000 – $100,000 USD
PN Level 1 Certification
|4 years of undergrad, plus
4 years of part-time grad school.
|Study at your own pace — program is entirely self-paced, so there’s no deadline. You can take as much time or as little time as you like.|
|Additional costs for textbooks, housing, student fees, etc.||All course materials included, free shipping. Get all your certification materials shipped directly to your door, at no cost, no matter where you live.|
|Learning in an academic format that might not work for you.||Learning as easy as reading your textbook and watching a video, with short end-of-chapter quizzes to test your knowledge.|
|Often has to be done on site.||Delivered entirely online — study whenever you want, wherever you are. Take the online exams when you’re ready.|
|Might not be able to apply most of the material to your coaching practice.||All material can be immediately applied to coaching.|
“My wife and I are both strength and conditioning coaches. We have around 10 certifications each. The Precision Nutrition Certification is by far the most used and useful resource we have. It’s more than worth the cost. It’s brought us back our investment ten fold.”
On Wednesday, April 5th, registration for the first Level 1 Certification program of 2017 will open to a small group of highly motivated health and fitness professionals. (Spots are first-come, first-served, and have historically sold out within hours after opening.)
When you join the free presale list today, at no obligation, we’ll send you more info about the program and give you the chance to enroll on Tuesday, April 4th — a full 24 hours before we open to the general public. Plus you’ll save up to 35% off the general public price.
Take the first step in achieving life-changing results for your clients and your business — join the free presale list today.
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The textbook and certification course are split into two units.
The first half of the textbook covers the science of nutrition. The second half teaches you how to coach nutrition with your clients, including advanced nutrition coaching, coaching athletes, behavior change, and motivational interviewing.
Here are sample topics from Unit 1:
Here are sample topics from Unit 2:
The PN Level 1 Certification is entirely self-paced, so there’s no deadline. You can take as much time or as little time as you like.
If you’d like some guidelines, however, the pace that seems to work best for most of our students is completing one chapter per week. That means reading the chapter, reviewing the online video, answering the workbook questions, reviewing the FAQ, and writing the 10-question exam.
If you follow that structure, you can expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on the certification materials. Since there are 18 total chapters, you’d earn your Pn1 credentials in a little over four months. Although you can move more quickly or slowly depending on your situation.
There are 18 short exams with 10 questions each. Questions are either multiple choice or true or false.
The exams are delivered online; they can be accessed whenever you’re ready. Also, each exam corresponds with the chapter you just studied, and completing the exam unlocks the next chapter.
For instance, if you read Chapter 1 of the textbook, watch the corresponding video lesson, answer your workbook questions, and review the FAQ, you’ll be ready to take the Chapter 1 exam. Once the Chapter 1 exam is completed, you’ll instantly see your results and get access to the Chapter 2 materials.
At least 75%, which most students easily achieve or surpass.
By the end of the course, you’ll have written 18 short, 10-question exams, for a total of 180 questions. Get at least 135 of the questions correct (75%) to earn your Pn1 credentials. We’ll send your official certificate immediately after you pass.
You can’t fail a specific exam. Your score for the course is cumulative. So you could do very poorly on a few exams and still pass the course as long as you answer 135 out of 180 questions by the end of the course.
If you don’t earn 135 out of 180 points in the course, you can write a re-do exam at the end of the course. You’ll get 5 chances to earn 75% or greater on this exam.
Yes. Here’s a breakdown of CEU’s currently offered:
No problem. Many organizations accept our course for CEUs on a one-off basis.
To do that, you’ll just submit a summary of the course and a copy of your certificate to the organization for review once you’ve graduated.
Here’s when you can expect your package (and remember that shipping is completely free):
Once we ship your textbook and course materials, you’ll get the tracking details so you’ll know exactly where your package is.
Take one small step toward becoming an elite coach — sign up for the presale list today.
Our industry is quickly changing. Obesity and diet-related illness are at an all-time high and millions of people need help with their nutrition now more than ever.
The most successful health and fitness professionals will be those who deliver life-changing results — by taking complex nutritional strategies and breaking them into simple, proven steps for their clients to follow.
We’d love to teach you our system for doing just that. This is your limited opportunity to learn the art and science of nutrition coaching from the best team in the industry — to boost your credentials, advance your career, and stand out as an elite coach.
If you’re interested, take one small step today and sign up for the presale list — at no cost or obligation. We’ll send you more information about the Certification in the coming weeks. Plus you’ll get up to a 35% discount and early access to the program on April 4th — a full 24 hours before we open to the general public. (Spots typically sell out within hours after opening, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.)
We hope to have the opportunity to teach you what we know about nutrition science and coaching.
The next step is up to you.
See you in the program,
– Precision Nutrition
Only opens twice a year.