ACCREDITATION & LICENSING
Q. Is your program accredited?
A.The Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Diploma program is accredited in Australia by the Australian Committee of Natural Therapies (ACONT). In New Zealand and Internationally we are recognized by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT), and Complementary Medical Association UK (CMA UK)
Q. Does your program prepare you to sit for board exams?
A. In Australia or New Zealand you are not required to sit a Board Exam however our graduates are eligible to apply to sit the Board Exam with the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) in the USA.
Q. Is NTA Australia a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)?
A. No. Education providers only need to be an RTO if they deliver Training Package qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This is not required for professional development training or for ACONT accreditation. RTO status unfortunately no longer means that the provider and its courses are more credible or of higher quality than education providers accredited in other ways..
Q. How do I know if I'll be able to practice where I live?
A. Countries and regions vary in their requirements for certification/licensure for those providing nutritional counselling and advice. Current regulations in Australia and New Zealand allow FNTPs to establish their own practice. The Department of Health in your region should have complete information on their individual requirements, and we encourage you to do this research.
Q. Will I be able to bill insurance for my services?
A. Because our program is a diploma program and not a licensure program, you will not be able to bill insurance for your services or supplementation unless you have other licensure that allows you this privilege.
Q. Is this course like other Diplomas? Are they government accredited or recognised? What’s the difference?
A. As the FNTP Diploma program is not delivered under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the program is not restricted by formal training package regulations that are prioritized over learning objectives. Our program exceeds the standards required by ACONT to be considered a diploma level qualification. As there is no bureaucratic involvement in our program, we are able to keep our content updated and relevant with developments in health and nutrition, and focus on our overall education experience rather than administrative requirements. The FNTP diploma program is designed to be a fully immersive nutrition program that teaches the foundations of health through the lens of ancestral wisdom, nutrient dense whole foods and functional clinical tools. .
Q. Why should I choose the NTA? What makes this program different?
A. At NTA AU/NZ we train our Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioners to support the WHOLE BEING and delve into total body burden. Our curriculum explores not only the anatomy and physiology of nutrition, but stress, sleep, movement, environmental factors, and emotional wellness. We also provide effective client tools via our culinary wellness modules. Truly, what makes our practitioners unique is the clinical assessment tools to truly create bio individual protocols and support - no templates, formulas or one trick ponies. FNTP's learn to communicate with the innate intelligence of the body which helps to identify the BODY’s priorities for healing and powerfully reconnects the client back to themselves. When you delve into your health or that of your clients are you considering all aspects of your stress load? Do you have ALL the tools in your Practitioner toolbox?
Q. Do you offer any other courses?
A. In the USA, we also offer a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online (NTPO) course. Both NTPO and FNTP courses employ foundationally based nutritional recommendations, evaluate food journals, utilise our Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire and make dietary and supplemental recommendations. However, the FNTP course has the additional tool of our Functional Clinical Assessment and subsequent lingual-neuro testing that allows them to further tailor nutritional recommendations to the client's needs. The NTA USA Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) ONLINE only program is not nationally recognized in Australia or New Zealand. Advanced level trainings are available to our FNTP graduates, upon completion of the FNTP Diploma program.
Q. What's the difference between the FNTP and the NTP(O) Course?
A. The FNTP Diploma is a one academic year-long hybrid training program that equips practitioners to address advanced imbalances and deficiencies in the body with clinical-level nutritional therapy skills and the Functional Clinical Assessment (FCA).
FNTP Diploma qualification, is currently only available in Australia and New Zealand. The FCA workshops are mandatory for Australia and New Zealand as they count for the clinical classroom seat hours that are a requirement for recognition by the Australian Committee of Natural Therapies (ACONT) and the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT) in Australia/New Zealand. International students completing the FNTP course can apply for recognition by Complementary Medical Association UK (CMA UK) and IICT also.
The NTPO (Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online) Program is a certificate program. It is a one academic year-long online training program offered by NTA USA that empowers consultants to address foundational nutrition needs, lifestyle challenges, and environmental factors to educate clients on their journey to optimum health. The NTA USA Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online only program is not nationally recognized in Australia or New Zealand.
Q. How can I compare your course to other institutions' courses?
A. Check out our Course Comparison chart here.
Q. What part does diet play in your programs?
A. Diet is a very large part of our programs. A cornerstone of our programs is our belief that proper nutrition has to be built on a foundation of properly prepared, nutrient-dense foods. Though we discuss supplementation in our programs, especially relating to our Functional Clinical Assessment and lingual-neuro testing technique, our instructors emphasise the need for food to be the primary source of nutrition.
Q. Is the nutrition training based primarily on supplement use or can the techniques be used with herbs and foods?
A. Our primary focus is a properly prepared, nutrient-dense diet. However, we do discuss supplementation throughout our curriculums. Our Functional Clinical Assessment techniques are most commonly used with supplements and herbal remedies, but foods can be used as well.
Q. What is included in the curriculum?
A. The FNTP program is split into 2 main components across 4 terms. The first half of our program is focused on the Foundations of Health. It is the foundations that are key to supporting normal function in the body and knowing where to start with any client that you are working with. The second half of the program we focus on what we call "The Consequences"- the dysfunction that occurs in those complex organ systems when the foundations are out of balance. We also look at other factors that contribute to stress in our stress bucket - environmental factors and barriers/beliefs which impact our emotional wellness. More details are available in the Course Catalogue.
Q. What is required to become qualified?
A. You will need to complete the entire program with a minimum grade of 80% across all assessments. Assessments involve practical application assignment, original content projects, clinical consultation work, midterm and final written and practical exams. In additional all quizzes and additional content in the learning platform must be completed within the training year. Attendance at all workshop days is also a requirement in order to gain the FNTP Diploma qualification.
Q. What are the clinical hour requirements?
A. You are required to complete 269 Clinical hours to obtain the FNTP Diploma qualification. These clinical hours are mandatory, and must be completed within the academic cycle. Clinical hours are made up of client consultation work, clinical practice sessions, and practical assessments and are completed throughout the academic cycle as outlined on your class syllabus.
Q. Do I have to do clinical hours?
A. If you want to attain the FNTP Diploma then yes, you will need to complete all Clinical hours.
Q. How long is the program and does it have to be completed consecutively?
A. The NTA Australia FNTP Diploma is 10 months (one academic year) in duration and must be completed within the scheduled time. It is the equivalent of a two-year full-time equivalent program condensed into an intensive, one-academic-year format. Please note that workshop attendance is required to obtain certification. There are three weekend-workshops for the FNTP course. See below question for Class Transfers and Deferral options
Q. Is the course self paced? Can I do it faster or slower if I need?
A. The course is an adult education program and so you can work at your own speed within each term of the year long program. Modules for each of the four terms will open at the start of that term which will allow for working ahead for those able or needing to prioritse their time accordingly. The program has weekly live instructor led zoom calls which will follow the syllabus week to week. These are recommended to attend live even if working slightly ahead, however all calls are recorded to allow any missed calls to be rewatched when convenient. Please note calls are required to be watched in order to complete all tasks on the learning platform.
Q. Would it be practical to take this course while working full time?
A. Many of our students have full-time jobs so, yes, it is entirely possible to work full-time and complete the program. Students should plan to spend 20-25 hours per week studying. We also recommend you begin your reading even before the class starts, if possible. Reading lists are provided upon enrollment confirmation.
Q. Do I have to enroll in the whole course? Can I change my mind?
A. The FNTP Diploma can only be enrolled in as one complete program, there is not an option to only select some modules for partial study. If you enroll and change your mind on completing the program, you have the option to withdraw. The period of time already elapsed in the program would depend on the level of refund available to you, if any refund is applicable. Details of the time periods for a refund for a withdrawal are listed in the Registration Form on page 7.
Q. Can I get an extension if I am unable to complete my studies in the 10 month period?
A. We want nothing more than to see you graduate with your FNTP Diploma. If you are unable to complete by the program deadline set out in your class syllabus you will be able to apply for a homework extension, or discuss options to defer to another cohort to complete the outstanding term. Extensions and deferrals will be fully explained by our Academic team if required. Terms and Conditions of these are provided at time of application. See below question for Class Transfers and Deferral options.
Q. Can I transfer or defer my studies?
A. We understand that circumstances may arise that impact your ability to complete your Diploma in the academic cycle you had originally enrolled in. As such we offer a one time class transfer to another academic cycle within the same curriculum year for a transfer fee of $500 AUD. Only fully completed terms can be transferred with this option, any partially or incomplete terms will have to be completed in full in the new classroom. Full terms and conditions available upon applying for a class transfer. Additionally students will have one option for deferral and Re-Entry to another classroom within the 12 month period from date of the class drop. Reduced Re-Entry fee’s apply, as do further Terms and Conditions - please contact our Academic team for more information.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
Q. What are the prerequisites for the program?
A. The only prerequisite is high school education. The FNTP Diploma Program is not a 4-year program or a prerequisite for a four-year dietetics program. As these courses are online, you must have access to a computer with stable internet service. Some assessments are conducted ‘live’, so your IT needs to be able to support reliable internet connections through live video and audio platforms (i.e. Zoom). It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate IT to complete this course.
Q. Are my textbooks and Test Kit included in the course fee?
A. Your program fee includes access to all content through our learning platform. Any required textbooks and the Student Nutrient Test Kit are not included in this fee. For students selecting our payment plan option, there is an option to include the Nutrient Test Kit in the first three payments. Textbooks must be purchased independently.
Q. Can I take the program even though I don't know if I want to start a business?
A. Yes, about 30% of our students take the training for personal interest, about 30% start their own practice, and the other 40% are health care practitioners who add this training to their existing knowledge and/or practice. This is a practitioner level program, even if you are only completing this for yourself or your family you will still graduate with this qualification. The expectations on the requirements to complete the program are the same regardless of your intention in taking it.
Q. Will you be offering this course every year?
A. Yes, we currently run three enrollment cycles every year. Starting in February, May and September.
Q. Where are your classes based?
A. Our classes are run primarily online, with three workshops held across the 10 months. Workshops are run in a hybrid format to accommodate personal preferences on travel, venue attendance and any restrictions in place at the time. Attendance at workshop is mandatory regardless of which of the hybrid format options you choose. For more details on workshop formats and locations, please download the registration pack. For more details on which main city locations are offered for which cohort during the year, please check our upcoming course dates.
Q. Where are the workshops held?
A. Workshops are run in a hybrid format to accommodate personal preferences on travel, venue attendance and any restrictions in place at the time. Attendance at workshop is mandatory regardless of which of the hybrid format options you choose. For more details on workshop formats and locations, please download the registration pack. Due to COVID, virtual attendance with localized or virtual support is available please contact email@example.com for more information on virtual attendance.
Q. How much is the Diploma program??
A. Currently, it is AUD$9,900/-**. Finance and payment plans are available for tuition fees. Please note tuition does not include required reading, travel, testing tools, or hotel accommodations for workshops if required.
**Tuition will be increasing from February 2023 onwards for the FNTP diploma program. Last enrollment at current price is for the September 2022 Class.
Q. Do you offer Payment Plans for Tuition?
A. Yes, we offer payment plans for your Tuition. You can also choose to bundle in the cost of your supplement test kit, and any advanced training courses if you wish. For more details on our payment plan see here.
Q. Can I get government funding to pay for my course?
A. Many options for government funding or subsidies are no longer any available for Diploma qualifications in these health fields, which is one reason why so many colleges closed down over the recent years. We offer a range of flexible payment options. NTA AUNZ maintains every effort to stay independently funded to maintain the curriculum integrity of our program.
Q. Is financing available?
A. NTA Australia/NZ partners with Auswide Bank in Australia 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. In New Zealand we partner with Kiwibank. Please note you'll need to be over 18 years of age, a permanent resident and earning a regular income or wage. Credit checks apply. Read more here.
Q. Are there any scholarships available?
A. We currently offer one scholarship for each class, each year* (February, May and September Classes). Scholarships cover 50% of tuition fees, but do not cover the cost of books, travel or supplies. More information is available here.
*For a scholarship to be awarded all criteria must be satisfied. NTA Australia/NZ reserves the right to not award a scholarship for a class cycle if no applicants satisfy all criteria.
Q. Are there any other costs I need to consider?
A. In addition to your Tuition cost, you are required to have a Nutrient Test Kit, workshop tools (stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and portable massage table) in order to complete the clinical component of the program. We will provide further details as to our recommended supplier of the nutrient test kits, and multiple resources on where you can purchase workshop tools. Further to this, you will need to factor in travel and accommodation to workshops if attending these in person. Costs for this will vary depending on location travelling from and too.
Q. How do I register?
A. To download a registration form, please download a Registration Packet here. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and you will be added to a class once payment is received. If you are applying for a loan, we must receive notification that the loan has been approved before you will be registered. We look forward to seeing you in class!
Q. Will you train me how to open my own business?
A. Our 20 module curriculum also includes a dedicated module on Practice and Business Development and Final Term weekly guidance at no extra charge. NTA also offers a Career Development Course once you have graduated.
Q. What job opportunities exist for me when I finish?
A. You can work as a functional nutritional therapy practitioner in private practice, running your own business or as part of a multi-disciplinary clinic. You could use your skills to author cookbooks, blogs, articles or even a book (many graduates have written successful books in the health field now). Other opportunities include working for supplement suppliers/distributors, wellness clinics, running online programs and courses, creating services for other nutrition professionals and more.
Q. What types of positions are available for graduates of your programs?
A. Some graduates combine their Diploma with existing licenses/certificates in alternative medicine. Many have established a private practice as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. We have some graduates working in a clinical setting with other like-minded professionals. NTA has also graduated numerous healthcare professionals such as chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, registered nurses, and massage therapists. The FNTP Diploma does not qualify you to work in a hospital or other government regulated settings as a nutritionist.
Q. How much can a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner earn?
A. Salaries for FNTPs can range from $95 to $250 per hour or more, depending on location, experience, and other certifications/licenses
Q. Can I go on and do further study elsewhere (e.g. articulate into Bachelor or Masters programs)?
A. Yes absolutely you can. We encourage our graduates to further their education when the time is right for them to take more study on. Entry into other study programs will depend on the specific requirements of that organisation. We offer Advanced level training to graduates of the FNTP Diploma program that cover several areas of interest including functional lab training, muscle testing and more.
The Australasian Association & Register of Practicing Nutritionists offers pathways to undergraduate degree programs and recognizes the NTA’s Diploma of Functional Nutritional Therapy as credit towards professional clinical development hours. To learn more reach out to: https://aarpn.com/
FURTHER EDUCATION / CEU'S
Q. Will you take into consideration recognition of prior learning?
A. We frequently get ask this question by the practitioners we train: physicians, osteopaths, naturopaths, nurses, Dietician's etc. The level of anatomy and physiology we teach is far more in depth than the current conventional programs are providing, particularly in relation to how the body physiologically interacts with food and body systems affect each other in regards to normal function and dysfunction. Every module incorporates A&P specifically in relation to that body system function and the nutrient deficiencies we are looking at as opposed to teaching you this separately - so that you can intimately grasp these relationships. Therefore we cannot apply credit and as our practitioners tell us repeatedly, we delve far deeper into these concepts than they were ever taught.
Q. Does this diploma count as continuing education credits?
A. Sometimes continuing education credits can be applied to other certificates and/or licenses. Enquiries must be made to the institution that awarded the license or certificate. Our program is recognized by AAPRN to assist tertiary graduates with the Professional Development Year requirements in Clinical Nutrition as many degree programs do not offer this and it is also a requirement to be recognized as a clinical nutritionist.
Q. How many CEUs do I need to keep my certificate current after I graduate?
A. Once you graduate your Diploma is valid for life. You do not need to submit CEUs to maintain your NTA Membership. You may have to submit CEUs to your relevant registration body depending on their requirements. (i.e ACONT),