Advanced Training


As of October 2020 enrollent, students will be able to add RWS Level 1, Mastering the Art and Science of Gastrointestinal Healing to their tuition package

RWS Level 1 course commences once graduated from FNTP training. Download RWS Course Curriculum here.


Earn some CEU's and revise your previous learning!

We're opening up our current weekend workshops to our graduate FNTPs and current students who feel they need extra training prior to midterm or final exams. 

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?' 


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

An NTA-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

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


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



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. Is your program accredited?
The Nutritional Therapy Association is a private vocational school in Washington State, USA. Our program is not government-accredited in USA, Australia or New Zealand. However, in Australia and New Zealand we are recognised by the following professional bodies: the Australian Committee of Natural Therapies (ACONT), the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT). Once you have become certified by the NTA, you will be eligible to register with one of these organizations. This will provide you with the ability to acquire Professional Indemnity Insurance and your right to practice as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™.   International students can be accredited through the Complementary Medical Association UK (CMA). 

Q. What's the difference between the FNTP and the NTP(O) Course?
A. The FNTP program 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 certification 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 in Australia/New Zealand.  International students completing the FNTP course can apply for recognition by the Complementary Medical Association UK (CMA).  The NTPO (Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online) Program 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. Does your program prepare you to sit for board exams?
Not in Australia or New Zealand. Currently, NTA USA's Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online (NTPO) Program is recognised by the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) in the USA. Graduates of our programs can sit for NANP's national board exam.

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. How long is the 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.

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 15-20 hours per week studying. We also recommend you begin your reading even before the class starts, if possible.

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. What kind of degree or certification will I receive when I complete one of your programs?
A. Upon successful completion of the Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program, a Diploma is awarded by the Nutritional Therapy Association granting permission to use the designation of Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP).

Q. Will you be offering this course every year?
A. Yes. We currently hold five classes a year, varying between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland and Wellington. We have four class commencement dates per year, in February, April, July and October:

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

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 nutritional consultant. 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 program does not qualify you to work in a hospital or other government regulated settings as a nutritionist.

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. 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 curriculums? What is required for certification?
A. The course curriculum includes anatomy and physiology, basic chemistry concepts and the science of food and its nutritional components. Students also learn how to identify and address imbalances in the body and intervene with nutrition to improve overall health. In order to become certified, 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. More details are available in the Course Catalogue.

Q. How is this nutrition program different from other courses?
A. The Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program offers a whole-food-based nutritional paradigm with a holistic approach for addressing health and wellness. Our programs are based on a foundational approach to nutrition. We emphasise an allegiance to the teachings of such pioneering greats as Dr. Weston Price and Dr. Francis Pottenger. We believe that each person is biologically individual and has within them an innate intelligence. Our programs offer a system of evaluative measurements that help identify nutritional weaknesses in the body. The Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire combined with the Functional Clinical Assessment and lingual-neuro testing gives powerful tools to assess a client's biochemical individuality. These techniques allow a practitioner to make personalised diet and lifestyle recommendations that will promote health and wellness.

Q. How much is the course?
A. Currently, it is AUD$8,800/-. Finance is available for tuition fees. (Please note tuition does not include required reading, travel, testing tools, or hotel accommodations for workshops if required.)

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. 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.

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. 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.

Q. Will you train me how to open my own business?
A. We do discuss business basics in the final module. NTA also offers a Career Development Course you can take at the same time as your FNTP study, or once you have graduated. 

Q. Will this course give me credits towards tertiary education or a degree elsewhere?
A. This course advocates a whole-food, nutrient-dense diet and is a wonderful addition to university-level education.  In some cases continuing education credits may be applied to other certificates and/or licenses, we suggest checking with the applicable institution. 

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.

Q. How many CEUs do I need to keep my certificate current after I graduate?
A. NTA requires 24 CEUs every two years to keep the FNTP certification current. At least 12 of the credits need to be directly related to nutrition. Up to 12 can be non-nutrition related but need to support your business in some way.

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

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 courses for NTPO's and FNTP's are also made available from time to time.

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!

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 No No Yes No
Government accredited No No Yes No
Nationally recognised Yes No Yes No

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.