Save $250 and become a confident, credible Nutrition Coach. Save $250 and become a confident, credible Nutrition Coach.
In the Self-Guided PN Nutrition Certification, you’ll learn how to help your clients (or yourself) create meaningful transformations. Or start a work-from-home career or side business you’re passionate about.
Get our biggest discount—with an option to start for only $29
Master nutrition science and behavior-change coaching
Go at your own pace and schedule—with support from our community
Includes: 5 weeks of live coaching to attract clients and grow a successful business
In the Self-Guided PN Nutrition Certification, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to confidently coach nutrition with anyone.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have:
The world’s #1 nutrition certification
The confidence to help anyone improve their health
A coaching skill set that’s always in high demand
40+ premium coaching tools to unlock your clients’ full potential
A community of coaching professionals to help you succeed
ALSO INCLUDED WHEN YOU ENROLL TODAY
Coaching Business Kickstarter—5 weeks of business coaching
You’ll learn proven strategies to attract clients, earn what you deserve, and have the freedom to work when & where you want.
Self-guided, community supported
Learn at your own pace. Connect with your peers and PN’s experts.
High earning potential
Our grads charge approximately $65 – $130 USD per hour for their coaching services.
#1 recommended nutrition certification
According to Business Insider and a recent industry survey.
We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
Continuing education units
Endorsed by NASM, ACSM, NBHWC,
100% money-back guarantee
Love it or get a full refund within 45 days.
Free worldwide shipping
We’ll ship out your textbooks within a few days.
Guaranteed job interviews (US)
Apply to leading health and
College/university credits (US)
Recognized by the American Council
Who is this program for?
Regardless of your background and experience level, we’ll teach you everything you need to confidently coach anyone.
Our students range from brand-new coaches, to experienced health and fitness professionals, to people who want to start coaching on the side, and everyone in between.
Side Income Seekers
Group Exercise Instructors
Health and Wellness Coaches
Sports and Athletic Coaches
Nurses and Doctors
Any experience level
Our students come to us with a wide array of coaching experience—from 0 to 20+ years.
Once you graduate, you’ll be able to…
Charge top dollar for your services
Our PN Certified Coaches charge anywhere from
$65 – $130 USD per hour on average.
Position yourself to succeed in a field with growing demand
As obesity and chronic health issues continue to rise,
people need your help now more than ever.
According to LinkedIn, the demand for healthcare support staff—which includes nutrition coaches—has grown 34% since 2019.
Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that health coaching professions are projected to grow by 12% by 2031—a much faster rate than the average for all occupations.
Coach in a variety of settings
Employee at a gym / org
I love being a kindergarten teacher. And I also love helping others improve their health through nutrition. Once I started the PN Nutrition Certification, I knew I had made the right choice to pursue my passion on the side!
Full-time kindergarten teacher
and part-time nutrition coach
Part-time nutrition coach
Deliver 3x–10x better results than exercise alone
Based on our data with over 100,000 coaching clients, people experience 3x–10x better results (measured in fat loss) when they get nutrition coaching and consistent exercise, vs. exercise alone.
Earn continuing education units
The PN Nutrition Certification qualifies for continuing education credits with the following organizations worldwide: NASM, ACSM, ACE, AFAA, CIMSPA, CDR, CPTN, EREPS, ISSA, NBHWC, and more.
Get guaranteed job interviews (US)
Apply to leading health and fitness organizations.
Earn college & university credits (US)
Recognized by the American Council on Education.
What’s included in the program
Textbooks in a beautiful box set
3 textbooks with 20 chapters covering everything you need to know about nutrition science and behavior-change coaching. Plus workbook and study guide to help you retain and apply what you’ve learned.
5 weeks of business coaching
Confidently tell the world what you do, stand out from the competition, attract plenty of your ideal clients, and set your business up for long-term success. This course includes 5 live group coaching sessions.
20 animated videos
20 animated videos, one for each textbook chapter, to boost your understanding and retention.
Real-world case studies—taken from our actual nutrition client data—where you can practice applying your knowledge.
Private community of experts & peers
Ask questions, join live Q&As, troubleshoot coaching scenarios, and get help from 50,000+ peers as you move through the program and beyond.
PN Level 1 Certificate
As soon as you pass the exams, we’ll immediately send your official PN Level 1 Certificate.
Short end-of-chapter exams
Each exam is 10 questions each, for a total of 200 questions. Get at least 150 of the questions correct (75%) to earn your PN1 credentials. Most of our students pass on the first try. But just in case you don’t, you’ll still have 5 more tries.
40+ premium coaching tools
Assessment forms, questionnaires, and worksheets to help you unlock your clients’ full potential.
Assessments & data gathering
Food & eating journals
Mindset & psychology
Planning & problem solving
PN’s Pro Calculator
Simply enter your client’s details, goals, and eating preferences—and get a beautiful, personalized eating guide within minutes.
Social Media & Newsletter
70+ done-for-you social media posts, nutrition infographics, blog articles, and email newsletters (all ready to share as your own). Plus step-by-step methods for creating your own compelling content and overcoming any fears of “putting yourself out there.”
Listing on our website
Once you’re certified, you can provide your business and contact information to be listed on our website. That way, people in your area who are looking for a PN-approved coach can easily find you.
A typical week in
The pace that seems to work best for most of our students is completing one chapter per week. If you follow that structure, you can expect to spend about 3-5 hours per week total. (Of course, you can go as fast or as slow as you like.)
Here’s what to expect for each chapter:
Watch the chapter video, read the chapter text, and answer the study guide questions.
Practice and play with what you’ve learned with real-world case studies, taken from our original client data.
Take the short end-of-chapter exam at your convenience.
This program combines:
Our work with 8 NFL, NBA, and NHL teams + 6 world champions
The expertise of 7 PhDs,
2 MDs, and 3 RDs
20,000+ hours of
research & development
Proprietary insights from coaching over 100,000 clients
What you’ll learn
Throughout the textbooks and online materials, you’ll learn our science-proven nutrition coaching system for guiding anyone step-by-step to better physical and mental health.
Real-world case studies
The Precision Nutrition Approach Unit 1
Learn how you can use our proven coaching system to help people reach all their goals.
How the program works + A few key coaching principles.
Your learning plan
Set expectations and take charge of your path.
What is a great coach?
The critical differences between a good coach and a great coach.
Helping people change
Our 5-S formula for helping your clients move forward, even when things get tough.
What is good nutrition?
Why there is no “best diet”. Plus how to use data to make nutritional choices.
The Science of Nutrition Unit 2
Learn the ins and outs of nutrition science based on the latest cutting-edge research—from macro- and micronutrients, to energy balance, digestion, hydration, and more.
Intro to nutritional science
A brief overview + Why science matters for coaches.
Systems and cells
The body’s basic systems + The role of nutrition in cellular health.
Through the GI tract
The GI tract, digestion, nutrient processing, and more.
Energy transformation and metabolism
How we get energy from food, energy transfer in the body, and the role of macronutrients.
How we get, expend, and measure energy; what affects energy balance; and adjusting energy balance for clients.
The three major macronutrients (carbohydrate, fat and protein), why we need them, and how much we should eat.
Micronutrients and whole foods
The role of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and other compounds). Plus why whole, less processed foods are the ideal sources of these.
Water and fluid balance
All about hydration and how our body regulates and balances our fluids.
Stress, recovery, and sleep
Stress and the body’s response to it, how we can boost recovery, our circadian rhythms, and why sleep is so important.
Working through the PN Coaching Process Unit 3
Learn how to coach anyone from nutritional newcomers and recreational exercisers to high-level competitors.
Coaching in practice
PN’s proven 6-step coaching process + Working with various nutrition client “levels”.
Working with Level 1 clients
The core skills and practices that make up the foundational “essentials” for all clients.
Working with Level 2 clients
Targeted tactics for clients with specific goals, and for those ready to try more complex tasks.
Addressing common situations such as injuries, food sensitivities, agining, disordered eating, and more.
Multiple successful business models to choose from, how to make your coaching more effective and efficient, how to attract clients, and how to build a stellar reputation.
Also included when you enroll today
Coaching Business Kickstarter—5 weeks of business coaching
When you enroll today, you’ll get access to our “Coaching Business Kickstarter“ digital course + 5 live group coaching sessions. (This is not required for certification.)
You’ll learn how to confidently tell the world what you do, stand out from the competition, attract plenty of your ideal clients, and set your business up for long-term success. Perfectly suited for brand-new and experienced coaches alike.
5 live group coaching sessions
Access to live session recordings
Define your business
Set time and money goals, identify your ideal client, stand out from the competition, and craft your brand.
Structure your business
Decide which services you’ll offer, creating compelling coaching packages, charge what you’re really worth, build an effective website, and cover the small print.
Market your business
Choose where you’ll market your services, be your authentic self, engage your audience, and turn your clients into raving fans.
Attract new clients
Discover your “marketing style”, attract people who are already interested in what you offer, overcome objections with confidence, and convert interested prospects into paying clients.
Set yourself up for long-term success
Build business systems, think long-term, ask for referrals, and know your numbers.
Developed by some of the world’s top nutrition coaching experts.
PhD ● CSCS
Dr. John Berardi is a co-founder of Precision Nutrition and has been recognized as one of the 20 smartest coaches in the world. He holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Nutrient Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario. He has advised and consulted thousands of clients including Olympic gold medalists, professional sports teams, Apple, Nike, and Equinox. His work has been published in numerous textbooks, academic journals, and countless exercise and nutrition books and magazines.
Krista has been the intellectual powerhouse behind PN’s coaching curriculum. She holds a PhD from York University and has over 20 years of experience in research, education, curriculum design, coaching, and counseling. Krista has helped thousands of people transform their health and fitness for the better, and has guided countless health and fitness professionals to a higher level of success.
Brian St. Pierre
MS ● RD ● CSCS
Brian St. Pierre is PN’s Director of Nutrition and Performance. He’s a Registered Dietician and holds an MS in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Maine. Brian has provided nutrition consulting to pro sports teams and Olympic athletes, and he is the coauthor of Precision Nutrition’s coaching and certification programs.
Helen holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from York University. She has held research positions at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including John Hopkins University. As a contributing researcher and writer for PN’s blog and programs, Helen using her witty and articulate style to make complex science accessible and entertaining.
Camille DePutter is an author, speaker, and communications consultant with rich experience in marketing, public relations, and storytelling. She received her HBA in English from the University of Toronto and trained at the Humber School for Writers. As an advisor to PN, Camille lends her communication expertise to PN’s publications, course materials, and marketing content.
What our grads say
150,000+ PN Certified Nutrition Coaches and counting.
What really makes a great coach, and what I think works so well in the PN Nutrition Certification—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.
Marie-Josee Perrier ● PhD
The PN Nutrition Certification 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.
Eric Cressey ● Director of Player Health for the NY Yankees
The PN Nutrition 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.
Adam Lloyd ● CSCS
As I was going through the course I realized it was perfect; it’s exactly what I wanted and needed to learn. The information it taught me vs. the 4th year nutrition course I took as a Kinesiology student… it was like comparing apples to oranges. The nutrition course was good. But the PN Nutrition Certification was that much better.
Zee is changing lives.
A client recently shared that I’ve transformed her entire life and outlook on what it means to be healthy. She has inspired her husband to lose weight too! I’d do this for FREE… but getting paid for this is beyond a dream for me.
Nutrition and fitness coach
to women over 30
Jeremy got an awesome return-on-investment.
Now that I’m PN Certified, I feel much more confident and able to coach people to achieve the results they desire. And I made my investment back the first day I announced I was certified!
Coach to busy professionals
who want to lose weight
Linette now has more business than she can handle.
Thanks to PN’s amazing program and the awesome support in this group, my list of clients is growing beyond what I have time for. I know, a good problem!
Personal trainer and habit coach
at Progressive Athletics
Ray started using his new knowledge on day one.
After just the first 3 chapters, I started putting my new knowledge into practice with my clients. As I read further, I developed new coaching skills and was able to separate nutrition myths from the truth.
Accountant turned fitness
and nutrition coach
What good is nutritional knowledge if you don’t apply it? The PN Nutrition Certification creates that bridge between knowledge and application. Now you can effectively coach clients.
There are a lot of nutrition certifications out there. But there’s only one that is…
Rated #1 for student satisfaction, reputation, quality, and program effectiveness vs. competing programs—and ranked #1 by Business Insider.
Created by the pioneers of habit-based nutrition coaching. 17 years ago, we paved the way for the most effective coaching techniques used in the industry today.
Authored by some of the top nutritionists, PhDs, strength coaches, and specialists in the field.
Based on the latest cutting-edge nutrition, physiology, and psychology research available.
Tested and proven with over 100,000 people in the real world. (We’re the only nutrition certification company in the world that personally coaches people everyday.)
Validated in 3 scientific studies—and peer-reviewed by dozens of top professionals in a range of disciplines. That means everything you’ll learn in the program is truly evidence-based.
Trusted by Fortune 100 companies,
Olympic medalists, and pro sports teams.
Used by over 150,000 health and fitness professionals around the world.
The first program of its kind that’s eligible for college/university credit through the American Council on Education.
Three reasons to join us now
People are investing in their health now more than ever.
Most people can’t reach their goals with just another diet book or meal plan. Instead, they need a competent, caring coach who can guide them step-by-step toward a healthier body and more resilient mind, no matter what life throws at them.
We’ll help you become the coach they need—a coach who truly changes lives.
3 out of 5 people say they want health coaching, according to a recent industry survey.
You won’t be doing this alone.
“Self-Guided” doesn’t mean “solitary.” You’ll connect with your peers and PN’s experts in our private online forums—and you can get your questions answered during our live community drop-in calls.
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This week only: Save $250 on the Self-Guided PN Nutrition Certification (with this limited-time opportunity to start for only $29). Plus get 5 weeks of live business coaching.
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Our 45-day money back guarantee
Try the PN Nutrition Certification for 45 days. If you’re not happy with what you learn, return your textbooks before you certify, and we’ll give you a 100% refund.
We’re confident in what we do and we stand by our work.
What does this program cover, specifically?
The PN Nutrition Certification comes in three unit textbooks, beautifully packaged in a box set for easy reference.
Unit 1 teaches you the unique and proven Precision Nutrition approach to coaching. Unit 2 teaches you the science of nutrition in a fun, easy-to-understand format. And Unit 3 gives you a step-by-step process to apply everything you’ve learned, from coaching to business strategies, so you can start getting immediate results.
It’s for any health and fitness professional, anyone who’s thinking of joining the field, and anyone who wants to feel confident in their ability to successfully coach nutrition and get better results for themselves and others.
We’ve worked with over 150,000 students from every corner of this industry and all walks of life—from personal training and yoga to functional medicine, holistic wellness coaching, first-time coaches, and beyond.
Many of our students come with little or no background in nutrition, health, and fitness. By the time they graduate, they’re equipped with everything they need to help people eat, feel, and live better.
Whether you’re already mid-career or just starting out, this certification will give you the knowledge, systems, and tools to make a real, lasting change with anyone you work with.
How long does it take to get certified?
The Self-Guided PN Nutrition Certification is entirely on your schedule, 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 20 total chapters, you’d earn your PN1 credentials in about four and a half months. Although you can move more quickly or slowly depending on your situation.
But here’s the best part: You don’t need to wait to get certified in order to feel confident and qualified to coach nutrition. Since you’ll be learning and practicing from day one, you’ll be in a perfect position to start helping your clients immediately.
What’s the difference between the expert-guided and self-guided program?
The Self-Guided program is 100% self-paced and comes with everything you need to become a successful nutrition coach—the textbooks, workbook, videos, case studies, coaching tools, community access, and more. Click here for a full list of what’s included.
The Expert-Guided program opens twice per year. It includes everything in the Self-Guided program—plus 20 weeks of live expert-led chapter discussions, live case study sessions, direct VIP access to PN’s top experts, private cohort access, 5 additional weeks of business coaching, and access to all session recordings.
What are the exams like?
There are 20 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.
What grade do I need to pass?
At least 75%, which most students easily achieve or surpass.
By the end of the course, you’ll have written 20 short, 10-question exams, for a total of 200 questions. Get at least 150 of the questions correct (75%) to earn your PN1 credentials. We’ll send your official certificate immediately after you pass.
What if I fail an exam?
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 150 out of 200 questions by the end of the course.
Is this program eligible for CEUs (Continuing Education Units)?
Yes. Here’s a breakdown of CEU’s currently offered:
ACE: 6.0 CECs
ACSM: 60 CECs
AFAA: 15 CEUs
CIMSPA: 10 CPD points
CDR: 16 CPEUs
CPTN: 14 CECs
EREPS: 10 hours
ISSA: 20 CEUs
NASM: 1.9 CEUs
NBHWC: 15 CEs
What if my certification organization isn’t on the list?
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.
Can you tell me more about the live business coaching sessions?
Business coaching calls: Weekly for 5 weeks ● live session
Wed @1pm ET (90 min) starting on February 28, 2024 (Plus access to all recordings)
As part of your enrollment, you’ll also get full access to PN’s Coaching Business Kickstarter program, our digital course that helps you attract clients, earn what you deserve, and have the freedom to work when & where you want. (This course usually sells for $499 USD.) You’ll also be invited to attend a live, expert-guided business coaching session each week for 5 weeks—where you can practice what you’re learning, receive instruction and feedback from PN’s Master Coaches, and set yourself up for success.
NOTE: You’ll also have access to recordings of all 5 live business coaching sessions.
Is this program eligible for college and university credit? (US only)
Yes, you can now count your PN Certification towards credit at select colleges and universities in the US!
The PN Certification has recently been approved by the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Learning Evaluations.
Here’s what this means for you: If you complete the PN Certification program along with an additional, final proctored exam as outlined below, you can earn 3 session hours (a.k.a. credit hours) at the Bachelors 1st or 2nd year level—in the form of the “Introduction to Fitness and Wellness” course. You can then request to apply these credits toward a post-secondary degree at select colleges or universities in the US. Click here for more info about ACE credit-accepting institutions.
This means you get a university-level nutrition education, the industry’s leading certification, and the ability to get college credit—without the high cost of a university course!
And you won’t be just getting classroom theory. The PN Certification is based on the proven coaching approach we’ve used in the real world to help over 100,000 people lose weight, build strength, gain energy, and get in their best shape ever. Now you can get results like we do. Plus you’ll have the credentials that make it clear to people that you have the academic training, knowledge, and tools to help them.
Follow the 5 steps below to request college credit for your PN Certification.
(If you’re not interested in college credit, you can skip to the paragraph below step #5.)
NOTE: Credit eligibility is determined by individual colleges and universities.
Click here for more information about ACE credit-accepting institutions.
Contact your college or university to learn about their policy regarding credit for prior learning, and to confirm that you can receive credit towards your degree for completing the Precision Nutrition Certification program.
Complete the PN Certification program and pass the Certification quizzes with a 75% total score or higher.
Take a proctored, closed-book, final exam that covers the material in the PN Certification, and pass with a 75% or higher. (This is only required for those seeking college credit. Testing service is offered through Gaugeonline.com.)
Follow your college or university’s instructions to have the credit for the PN Certification applied toward your degree program.
Not planning on using your PN Certification for college credit? Or live outside the US?
All you have to do is complete the program and pass the regular Certification quizzes with a 75% or higher (no proctored exam needed). You’ll still be getting a world-class, university-level nutrition education—one that’s recognized by leading health and fitness organizations, professional sports teams, Fortune 100 companies, and academic institutions.
How does the guaranteed job interview work? (US only)
Currently, Equinox, Life Time, and FORME are offering initial job interviews for PN Level 1 Nutrition Coaching Certification grads who meet their qualifications. (Arrangements with additional health and fitness organizations are in the works.)
In order to arrange an initial job interview, follow these steps:
Pass your PN Level 1 Nutrition Coaching Certification.
Meet the minimum requirements for the position you’re applying for.
Complete the application steps provided by the employer.