Study Nutrition Online

Study through the NTA is structured as a one academic year education program.

The diploma requires 15-20 hours of intensive study per week through viewing and listening to pre-recorded lectures, required reading, written assignments and online classes. You'll be required to attend three in-person weekend workshops to learn the Functional Clinical Assessment.  (Virtual attendance available if required).

We have three class cycles per year:

Feb ~ Brisbane & Perth 
May ~ Sydney & Melbourne
September ~ New Zealand

See upcoming class dates.


The Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ (FNTP) course is suitable for both non-professionals with an active interest in nutrition as well as practicing professionals. 

The only prerequisite is a high school education.

Students must have access to high-speed internet and be comfortable working in an online environment, as a majority of the coursework will be done online.

You must also be able to attend the three workshop weekends held throughout the course year. Dates are listed below.

The Curriculum

Anatomy and physiology are an essential part of the NTA curriculum. The Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner course modules cover:

  • Foundations of good health and basics of nutrition
  • Digestion and elimination, blood sugar regulation and fatty acids
  • Minerals, hydration, endocrine system, immune system and allergies
  • Cardiovascular system, sleep, stress and movement, food preparation
  • Fertility, supplementation and detoxification, emotional wellbeing
  • Functional Clinical Assessment tools
  • Working with clients and business basics

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The Functional Clinical Assessment is one of the FNTP's tools for evaluating their clients' health. Using the innate connection between the nerve endings at skin level and the body's internal organs, FNTP's can determine where dysfunction in the body is occurring.   
This unique set of skills allows FNTP's to truly create bio individual protocols and support for healing and reconnecting the client back to themselves. 

What can I do with my
Functional Nutritional Therapy Diploma?

Our 6000+ graduates have changed the lives of millions of people.

Some use their certification to start a business as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner or use it to enhance their current licensure.

FNTPs will often work alongside a medical doctor or licensed practitioner, providing the support that time-poor practitioners would like to be able to give to their patients.

Increasingly, there is a role for FNTPs in all manner of practices, from medical to chiropractic, dental and optical. Some graduates just quietly use their knowledge to prevent themselves and their family members from developing disease. Many have been on their own health journey and just want to manage their condition better.

Any many have become famous authors and educators.

Once certified, our Australia/New Zealand graduates can register with IICT or ACONT (the professional bodies which recognise our program) to gain practitioner's indemnity insurance.  Our International graduates can register with CMA UK. 

Upcoming Classes

May 2022 Class

9 May 2022 to March 2023 ~ Online + 3 workshops*

2022 Registration open

*Workshops in Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide

Workshop Dates**
Workshop 1: Sept 24 - 25 2022
Workshop 2: Dec 10 - 11 2022
Workshop 3: Mar 11 - 12 2023

Venue: TBA

**Workshop dates, venue and class format are subject to change as required

September, 2022 Class

12 Sept 2022 to July 2023 ~ Online + 3 workshops

2023 Registration will open soon!

*Workshops in Wellington, New Zealand

Workshop Dates**
Workshop 1: Feb 25 - 26 2023
Workshop 2: Apr 29 - 30 2023
Workshop 3: July 15 - 16 2023

Venue: TBA

**Workshop dates, venue and class format are subject to change as required

February 2023 Class

6 February 2023 to December 2023 ~ Online + 3 workshops*

2023 Registration open

*Workshops in Brisbane or Perth

Workshop Dates**
Workshop 1: tba
Workshop 2: tba
Workshop 3: tba

Venue: TBA

**Workshop dates, venue and class format are subject to change as required

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Registration for all our 2022 Classes is open now. 

It is on a first-come, first-served basis; with classes filling up quickly. Registration fees are required in order to register, so if you require finance, it will need to be organised first. Read the student handbookdownload the registration pack and fill it out in Adobe Acrobat Reader, then submit your registration.

~ We look forward to seeing you in class!

Registration Information

Finance Options

The Functional Nutritional Therapy Practioner Program fee is AUD$8,800/-, not including books, testing tools and any travel and accommodation required for workshops.

Payment plans are available.

NTA Australia partners with Auswide Bank* to offer loans for tuition and books. Loans carry terms of up to 5 years, with competitive fixed or variable interest rates. View a pre-approval request form here. Make sure you complete Promo Code: NTA

We also partner with Kiwibank for our NZ students. Apply here.

*Auswide Bank Ltd Australian Credit Licence: 239686 is the credit issuer. Assessment criteria, terms and conditions & fees and charge apply. Applicants must be 18 or over, a permanent Australian resident & earning a regular income or wage. †Assessment criteria, terms and conditions & fees and charge apply. Applicants must be 18 or over, a permanent New Zealand resident & earning a regular income or wage. We accept joint or single applications and credit checks will be conducted.


We offer this scholarship in memory of FNTP Jennifer Pecot, who we unexpectedly lost in 2017. She was an amazing instructor who inspired and educated many members of our community. To carry on her legacy, this scholarship is dedicated to supporting students who are aligned with our mission of redefining health by nourishing, educating, and connecting individuals and communities.

The scholarship prize awarded will 50% of the cost of tuition for the Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Diploma, which is equivalent to AUD$4,400. 

You must be able to pay the balance of your tuition fee prior to class start. Please note you will also need to be able to afford books, testing tools and any travel and accommodation required for workshops. We offer one scholarship per class, and accept applications for the first 30 days of the registration opening for that class.

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Required Reading

Students are required to read the texts on the following pages to complete their NTA program. Depending on the module and book in ques*on, you may be asked to read some books from beginning to end, and only specific sections of others.

The required reading materials can be purchased at any major bookstore or online book retailer. Many books can also be found at your local library.

You can purchase your books on Booktopia using the links below. See below for reading list.

Core Reading:

Introduction to the Human Body
The Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology (11th Edition) 
by Gerald J. Tortora and Bryan Derrickson
Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness
Helping Patients Change Behavior 
​by Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD and Laura Curtis, MS, RD.

The E-Myth Revisited
Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About it
by Michael E. Gerber
Signs and Symptoms Analysis from a Functional Perspective
by Dicken Weatherby, N.D.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
by Samin  Nosrat

Fortify Your Life
Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and More
byTieraona Low Dog,M.D

An Everlasting Meal
Cooking with Economy and Grace
by Tamar Adler

In addition, you'll be asked to select from a list of options for your term reading assignments.  The full required reading list is supplied to you when you register.

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