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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Is your program accredited?
A. The Nutritional Therapy Association began as a private vocational school in Washington State, USA.

Our program is a independently funded organization in USA, Australia or New Zealand. In Australia we are accredited 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 the Complementary Medical Association 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. 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. 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 Functional Clinical Assessment 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 Complementary Medical Association (CMA), The Australian Committee of Natural Therapies and The International Institute for Complementary Therapists.

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 and The International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT) in Australia/New Zealand. International students completing the FNTP course can apply for recognition by the Complementary Medical Association UK (CMA), as well as through IICT. 

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. How is this nutrition program different from other courses?
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. 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 these foundations: a nutrient-dense diet, culinary wellness, stress, sleep, movement, digestion, blood sugar handling, minerals, fatty acids, and hydration, 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. This is where we educate you on Autoimmune, Endocrine disorders, cardiovascular disease, metabolic conditions (diabetes) and mental health issues.  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. In order to become qualified, you will need to complete all required reading, homework, book reports, community project, outside client/practitioner folders, review audio and video lecture content online, attend any required workshops, and pass a written and practical midterm and final exam.


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, wherein there is an allowable maximum of 8 missed hours.

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. However, 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.


Q. What are the prerequisites for the program?
A. The only prerequisite is high school education. The Functional Nutritional Therapist™ Training Program is not a 4-year program or a prerequisite for a four-year dietetics program. Students must also have access to high-speed internet and be comfortable working in an online environment, as a majority of the coursework will be done online.

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.


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 in-person workshops across the 10 months. We currently hold classes out of Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Wellington. For more details on which venue is offered in which enrollment cycle, please check our upcoming course dates.

Q. Where are the workshops held?
A. Workshops are held in the location of each class, for instance, Melbourne for the Melbourne Class, Sydney for the Sydney Class etc. Workshops are held three times throughout the course year over a weekend or long weekend. For details on which venues are running in which class cycles, please see here.

Due to COVID, virtual attendance with localized or virtual support is available please contact for more information on virtual attendance. 


Q. How much is the Diploma program??
A. Currently, it is AUD$8,800/-. 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.

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. 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 (which varies between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and the New Zealand venue which alternates between Auckland and Wellington). Scholarships cover 50% of tuition fees, but do not cover the cost of books, travel or supplies. More information is available here.


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 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 $195 per hour or more, depending on location, experience, and other certifications/licenses.


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 certificate is valid for life. To be an ongoing active member of the Nutritional Therapy Association's membership program you will be required to submit 24 CEUs every two years.

Q. How many CEUs does one receive per class?
A. One CEU credit is given per one hour spent in class.