Study nutrition online

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

The course 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 functional evaluation techniques.


The Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ (NTP) 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.

Functional Evaluations are one of the Nutritional Therapist's tools for assessing their client's health. Using the innate connection between the nerve endings at skin level and the body's internal organs, NTP's can determine where dysfunction is occurring.

The Curriculum

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

  • the foundations of good health and basics of nutrition
  • digestion, blood sugar regulation and fatty acids
  • minerals, hydration, endocrine system
  • immune system and allergies, cardiovascular system
  • sports nutrition, fertility, supplementation and detoxification
  • working with clients, functional evaluations and business basics



What can I do with my NTP Certification?

Our 4000+ graduates have changed the lives of millions of people.

Some use their certification to start a business as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner or use it to enhance their current licensure. NTPs 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 NTPs 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 graduates can register with either IICT or ACONT (the professional bodies which recognise our program) to gain practitioner's indemnity insurance.

Upcoming Classes.

Sydney 2019-20

May. 6th, 2019 to Feb. 2020 ~ Online + 3 workshops


Opens Jan. 8th, 2019 ~ 8 am AEST
Closes Apr. 26th, 2019 ~ 5 pm PACIFIC TIME (UTC-8)

Compulsory Workshop Dates (held in Sydney)

Workshop 1: 19th ~ 21st July 2019
Workshop 2: 17th ~ 20th Oct 2019
Workshop 3: 17th ~ 19th Jan 2020

Venue: Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Surry Hills
359 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone: +61 2 8302 1000

Finance Options

The Nutritional Therapy Practioner Course fee is USD$5,900/-, not including books, testing tools and any travel and accommodation required for workshops.

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.

Payment plans are available. However, all fees must be paid up by the time class starts.

*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.


The most important investment you'll ever make.



Registration for the Sydney 2019/20 class (commencing May. 6th) is open until April. 26th, 2019 – 5pm PT.

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!

Required Reading

To purchase your required reading books in one shipment, consider the bundle offer from the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation which includes:

  • All required books in one shipment
  • Fast, efficient service
  • One-year complementary membership to PPNF

You can order the book bundle here. Shipping to Australia is extra. You can also purchase your books on Amazon using links below or from your local bookseller. See below for reading list.

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration 
by Weston A. Price, DDS
Nourishing Traditions
The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
by Sally Fallon, MA and Mary G. Enig, PhD
Introduction to the Human Body
The Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology (10th Edition) 
by Gerald J. Tortora and Bryan Derrickson
Staying Healthy with Nutrition
The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine (21st Century Edition)
by Elson M. Hass, MD and Buck Levin, PhD, RD
Paleo Principles
The Science Behind the Paleo Template, Step-By-Step Guides, Meal Plans, and 200+ Healthy & Delicious Recipes for Real Life
by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD
Motivational Interviewing in Health Care
Helping Patients Change Behavior 
​by Stephen Rollnick PhD, William R. Miller PhD, MD and Christopher C. Butler MD
Why Stomach Acid Is Good For You
Natural Relief from Heartburn, Indigestion, Reflux and GERD 
by Jonathan V. Wright, MD and Lane Lenard, PhD
The Big Fat Surprise
Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
by Nina Teicholz
Put Your Heart In Your Mouth
Natural Treatment for Atherosclerosis
by Natasha Campbell –McBride, MD
How to Read A Paper The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine 
by Trisha Greenhalgh
The Peace Process
by Miriam G. Zacharias
Signs and Symptoms Analysis from a Functional Perspective
by Dr. Dicken Weatherby

Everything you need to know about the Nutritional Therapy Practioner Course and how to get started.