What's it like to work with an FNTP?

Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioners™ work with bio-individual human physiology and function every day. The results for health and wellness for their clients are profound.

If you are wondering what nutrition has to do with your current health concerns, here's a simple explanation. It all comes down to cells. When our cells are nutrient deficient we go on a downward spiral. The role of a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is to assist their clients to re-establish cellular health. Part of this is understanding the warning signs and signals our body gives us every day about underlying dysfunction.

Here's what you can expect during a session with an FNTP.


Recommended Reading

Here's a selection of material we recommend:


Before you read another health study, check who's funding the research

I asked 8 researchers why the science of nutrition is so messy. Here’s what they said.

'No evidence' having high levels of bad cholesterol causes heart disease

Study suggests cancer to be a metabolic disorder rather than a genetic disease


Dr. Zoë Harcombe : 'Should dietary fat guidelines have been introduced?' 


Campbell, A.W., 2014, ‘Autoimmunity and the Gut’, US National Library of Medicine

Diamond, David, Bikman, Benjamin T; Mason, Paul 2022, Statin therapy is not warranted for a person with high LDL-cholesterol on a low-carbohydrate diet

You W, et al. 2022. Total Meat Intake is Associated with Life Expectancy: A Cross-Sectional Data Analysis of 175 Contemporary Populations.

Fasano, A., Sapone, A., Zevallos, V. and Schuppan, D., 2015. 'Nonceliac gluten sensitivity'. Gastroenterology

Rubio-Tapia, A., Hill, I.D., Kelly, C.P., Calderwood, A.H. and Murray, J.A., 2013. 'ACG clinical guidelines: diagnosis and management of celiac disease'. The American journal of gastroenterology

Watad, A., David, P., Brown, S. and Shoenfeld, Y., 2017. 'Autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants and thyroid autoimmunity.' Frontiers in Endocrinology

Leonard, M.M. and Vasagar, B., 2014. 'US perspective on gluten-related diseases'. Clinical and experimental gastroenterology

Campbell, A.W., 2014, ‘Autoimmunity and the Gut’, US National Library of Medicine

Konijeti, G.G., 2017, 'Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease', US National Library of Medicine

Ravnskov, U, 2018, 'LDL-C does not cause cardiovascular disease: a comprehensive review of the current literature', Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology

Irish, A.K., 'Randomized control trial evaluation of a modified Paleolithic dietary intervention in the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: a pilot study',  Degenerative Neurological and Neuromuscular Disease » Volume 7, Dove Press

Epidemic Answers – A List of Research Papers

Dugani, SB et al. 2021 Association of Lipid, Inflammatory, and Metabolic Biomarkers With Age at Onset for Incident Coronary Heart Disease in Women

Mansi, AI et al. 2021  Association of Statin Therapy Initiation with Diabetes Progression A Retrospective Matched-Cohort Study. JAMA Intern Med. Published online October 4, 2021

González-Saldivar. G et al. 2017 Skin Manifestations of Insulin Resistance: From a Biochemical Stance to a Clinical Diagnosis and Management.

Valk, R et al. 2022 Saturated fat: villain and bogeyman in the development of cardiovascular disease?

Alami, F et al. 2022, The effect of a fruit-rich diet on liver biomarkers, insulin resistance, and lipid profile in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a randomized clinical trial.

Hill, ER et al. 2022, Red and processed meat intakes and cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus: An umbrella systematic review and assessment of causal relations using Bradford Hill’s criteria.

Ben-Dor, M et al 2021, The evolution of the human trophic level during the Pleistocene

Ning Ding et al. 2022, Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Incident Hypertension in Multi-Racial/Ethnic Women: The Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Hypertension

Fuentes, B et al. 2022, Bed Sharing Versus Sleeping Alone Associated with Sleep Health and Mental Health.

Danan, A et al. 2022, The Ketogenic Diet for Refractory Mental Illness: A Retrospective Analysis of 31 Inpatients.

Sethi, S and Ford, JM 2022, The Role of Ketogenic Metabolic Therapy on the Brain in Serious Mental Illness: A Review

An NTA AU/NZ approved library list:

Healing with Whole Foods | Paul Pitchford

Worlds Healthiest Foods | George Mateljan

The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods | Michael Myrray, N.D., Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., Lara Pizzorno, M.A., L.M.T

Pottenger's Prophecy | Gray Graham

The Color of Food: Stories,of Race, Resilience and Farming | Natasha Bowens

The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle | Jennifer McGruther

Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life | Darryl Edwards

Cows Save the Planet | Judith D. Schwartz

Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine: The Essential Guide to Understanding the Human Body | Xu Xiangcai

Ayurveda: Life, Health, and Longevity | Robert Svoboda

Why Warriors Lie Down and Die | Richard Trudgen

Eat Naked | Margaret Floyd, NTP, CHFS, HHC

Why Some Like it Hot: Food, Genes and Cultural Diversity | Gary Nabhan

Dr. Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care | Dr. Bernard Jensen

Digestive Wellness | Elizabeth Lipsky

Dangerous Grains | James Braly, Ron Hogan & Jonathan Wright

Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia | Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.

The Second Brain | Michael D. Gershon, M.D.

Life Without Bread | C. B. Allen, PhD, W. Lutz, M.D.

Sugar Blues | William Dufty

Caffeine Blues | Stephen Cherniske

Primal Body-Primal Mind | Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, NTP

Pottenger's Cats | Francis Pottenger, Jr., M.D.

Effect of Heat-Processed Foods | Francis Pottenger, Jr., M.D. (request the study)

Protein Power | Michael & Mary Dan Eades, M.D.'s

Eat Fat, Lose Fat | Mary Enig, Ph.D and Sally Fallon

Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill | Udo Erasmus

Water the Ultimate Cure | Steven Meyerowitz

Body Type Diet | Elliot D. Abravanel, M.D.

Our Stolen Future | T. Colborn, D. Dumanoski, J. Myers

Oxytocin Factor | Moberg, Francis & Uvnas-Moberg

The Pulse Test | Arthur Coca

The Homocysteine Revolution | Kilmer S. McCully, MD

The Crazy Makers | Carol Simontacchi

The Detox Book | Bruce Fife

The Fast Track Detox | Ann Louise Gittleman

Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interaction | Mitch Stargrove

The Nutrition Solution | Harold J. Kristal, D.D.S. and James M Haig, N.C.

Fast Food Nation | Eric Schlosser

Fat Flush Plan | Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., C.N.S.

Metabolic Typing Diet | William Wolcott & Trish Fahey

Brain Energy | Christopher M Palmer

Break the Mold | Dr. Jill Crista

Drop Acid | Dr David Perlmutter


Herbal Guides

A Modern Herbal: The Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs – Volumes 1 & 2 | Margaret Grieve

Holistic Herbal: Complete Illustrated Guide | David Hoffman

Nutritional Herbology: A Reference Guide to Herbs | Mark Pedersen


Business Basics

Legal Guidelines for Unlicensed Practitioners | Dr. Lawrence Wilson

The Small Business Owner's Manual | Joe Kennedy

How to Open or Improve A Successful Alternative Health Care Practice | Theodore W. Robinson

How to Succeed as a Small Business Owner and Still Have a Life! | Bill Collier

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity | David Allen

Networking Magic | Rick Frishman & Jill Lublin

The Art of the Start: A Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything | Guy Kawaski

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits | Gretchen Rubin



Summing Up: The Science of Reviewing Research | Richard J. Light and David B. Pillemer

The Craft of Research | Wayne Booth, Gregory Colomb & Joseph Williams

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long is the Diploma program, and does it have to be completed consecutively?
A. The NTA Australia FNTP course 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.

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Course Comparison

How does an NTA course compare to some of the other tuition available? Here's our handy guide.

University Degree
in Nutrition
Institute for
Study the foundations of human health Yes Yes Varies No
One academic year Yes Yes No - 4 years Yes
Ancestral nutrition Yes Yes No No
Learn Functional Clinical Assessment techniques Yes No No No
Flexible online learning Yes Yes Varies Yes
Minimum 1200 hours of contact time Yes No Yes No

Comprehensive anatomy and physiology

Yes Yes Yes No
Prerequisites required Yes* No Yes No
Government accredited No No Yes No
Nationally recognised Yes No Yes No

*Year 12 High School diploma required (Australia), or equivalent

We believe our Functional Nutritional Therapy Diploma has unique characteristics that set us apart from other schools by providing strong clinical skills and evaluation procedures that are unique in our industry.

However, we have a shared goal with all nutritional schools of supporting wellness through proper bio-individual nutrition.

Open the door to a new way of thinking about the body's innate intelligence and ability to heal.

Student Testimonials

See what our graduates have to say about studying with NTA Australia/New Zealand. NTA was launched in Australia in 2015, and since then we have trained some very talented Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioners, who have gone on to open their own busy practices, changing the lives of countless people.

The FNTP program is ideal for working with clients in person, using food, diet and lifestyle recommendations paired with the powerful functional assessment tool that allows the practitioner to connect directly to the body's innate intelligence to identify areas in need of nutritional support.


FNTP Scope of Practice

A Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ (“FNTP”) is a professional certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.® FNTPs are trained to evaluate a client’s nutritional needs and make bio-individual recommendations or provide follow up support for dietary changes, lifestyle choices and nutritional supplementation based on these principles.


Graduates: Become a Course Mentor

There is no better way to learn than to teach, and being a Course Mentor (CM)  provides ample opportunities to learn, teach, and refine one’s knowledge and skills.

We need the support of wonderful graduates like you! If you are interested in helping other students be successful and deepening your knowledge, we encourage you to apply to be a Course Mentor.


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