Study Nutrition Online

Study through the NTA is structured as a one academic year 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 Clinical Assessment techniques.

We have four class cycles per year:

Feb. 10 ~ Brisbane / Perth 
Apr. 13 ~ Sydney 
Jul. 6 ~ New Zealand (Wellington 2020) 
Oct. 12 ~ Melbourne 

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 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 is occurring.

The Curriculum

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

  • the 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
  • working with clients, Functional Clinical Assessment techniques and business basics



What can I do with my FNTP Certification?

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 graduates can register with the CMA, IICT or ACONT (the professional bodies which recognise our program) to gain practitioner's indemnity insurance.

Upcoming Classes.

Brisbane 2020

Feb. 10th, 2020 to Nov. 2020 ~ Online + 3 workshops

Closed for 2020

Compulsory Workshop Dates (held in Brisbane)
Workshop 1: Jul. 3rd ~ 5th, 2020
Workshop 2: Sept. 10th ~ 13th 2020
Workshop 3: Nov. 27th ~ 29th 2020

Venue: Motel on Gregory
89-95 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill QLD
Phone:+61 7 3026 1201

Perth 2020

Feb. 10th to Nov. 2020 ~ Online + 3 workshops

Closed for 2020

Compulsory Workshop Dates (held in Perth)
Workshop 1: Jun. 26th ~ 28th, 2020
Workshop 2: Sept. 3rd ~ 6th, 2020
Workshop 3: Nov. 20th ~ 22nd, 2020

Venue: Mecure Perth
10 Irwin St, Perth WA 6000
Phone: +61 8 9326 7000

Sydney 2020

April. 13th 2020 to Jan. 2021 ~ Online + 3 workshops

Closed for 2020

Compulsory Workshop Dates (held in Sydney)
Workshop 1: Sept. 25th ~ 27th, 2020
Workshop 2: Nov. 12th ~ 15th, 2020
Workshop 3: Jan. 29th ~ 31st, 2021

Venue: TBA

Wellington 2020

July. 6th 2020 to April. 2021 ~ Online + 3 workshops

Closed for 2020

Compulsory Workshop Dates (held in Wellington)
Workshop 1: Dec. 4th ~ 6th, 2020
Workshop 2: Feb. 4th ~ 7th, 2021
Workshop 3: April. 23rd ~ 25th, 2021

Venue: TBA

Melbourne 2020

Oct. 12th 2020 to July. 2021 ~ Online + 3 workshops

Closes Oct. 2nd, 2020 ~ 5 pm AEST

Compulsory Workshop Dates (held in Melbourne)
Workshop 1: Feb. 19th ~ 21st, 2021
Workshop 2: May. 13th ~ 16th, 2021
Workshop 3: July. 16th ~ 18th, 2021

Venue: TBA

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 Program, 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.


The most important investment you'll ever make.



Registration for the Melbourne 2020 class (commencing  Oct. 12th) is now open.

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, with fast, efficient service
  • One-year complimentary membership to PPNF

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

Advanced Human Nutrition (4th ed)
by Denis M. Medeiros and Robert E.C. Wildman

The Peace Process (2020 Edition)
by Miriam G. Zacharias
Signs and Symptoms Analysis from a Functional Perspective
by Dicken Weatherby, N.D.

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.

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