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Sport Nutrition Specialist Course


How does the Sport Nutrition Specialist course operate?

Sport Nutrition has become an increasingly popular topic in both professional and university settings. Clients and athletes are looking to fitness professionals to help them safely and effectively attain their goals. The NCSF provides the latest evidence-based content in the convenience of a distance-learning course through self-paced, multimedia-directed learning to prepare you for success in this market.


Upon registration for the NCSF Sport Nutrition Specialist Course, each candidate is sent a course materials package consisting of the Course Textbook, Study Guide, instructional DVDs (two-disc set), and E-Learning access. As the candidate progresses through the lessons, they build a knowledge base that is applied during the practice and performance of outlined activities and lesson quizzes. Upon completion of the activities outlined in the course materials, candidates will be well prepared to take the Sport Nutrition Specialist exam.


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What comes in the Sport Nutrition Specialist course materials package?

The course materials package consists of the Course Textbook, Study Guide, Instructional DVDs (two-disc set), and access to the NCSF E-Learning platform. The Study Guide contains the notes that complement the DVDs as well as all the activities and Test Your Knowledge quizzes for instant feedback on your competency. Additionally, the textbook serves as a reference for the DVDs and study guide, allowing students to focus on specific topics in more depth as necessary to improve comprehension of the materials.


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How long does it take to complete the program?

The Sport Nutrition Specialist course is designed as a self-paced program, suggesting the learner is in control of the timeline. Although individual completion time will vary, most candidates will complete the program in approximately 2-4 months.


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Does the Sport Nutrition Specialist Program count for continuing education?

The Board for Certification has approved the program for continuing education units (CEUs). This affords current NCSF Certified Personal Trainers the opportunity to pursue the Sport Nutrition Specialist certificate and support their CPT credential upon completion. Successful completion of the program is defined as the passing of the Sport Nutrition Specialist qualifying exam. NCSF certified personal trainers will earn seven (7) ceus towards their certification renewal. Non-NCSF certified professionals wishing to gain continuing education value for the program will need to contact their certifying organization to verify values. We recommend verifying prior to enrollment if you intend to use the program for continued education.


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What topics does the Sport Nutrition Specialist course cover?

The Sport Nutrition Specialist course contains five units:

  1. Recommended Nutrients and Intakes
  2. Physiological Concepts for Nutrition
  3. Macronutrients
  4. Micronutrients and Supplementation
  5. Nutrition and Physiological Adaptations to Exercise
Students not only read about key exercise concepts but also put them into action through the performance of practical lab activities.


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How does the examination process work?

The Sport Nutrition course is used to prepare candidates to become a Sport Nutrition Specialist. Once a candidate completes the coursework, they should be adequately prepared to take and pass the Sport Nutrition Specialist Exam.


The on-demand examination is administered by appointment at over 400 state-of-the-art testing centers throughout North America. To take the exam, candidates must first register through the online registration process, the mail using a registration form, or over the phone at 800-772-NCSF(6273).


The exam is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates need to earn a passing score of 65% or greater to gain Sport Nutrition Specialist status. For more information visit the Sport Nutrition Specialist Exam section of our website.


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What do I receive after I pass the Sport Nutrition Specialist exam?

Upon successful completion of the Sport Nutrition Specialist Exam, you will receive a complete certificate package. Included in your package will be a certificate suitable for framing, indicating that you have met the standards set forth by the National Council on Strength and Fitness Board for Certification and have earned the title of Sport Nutrition Specialist. This package will be forwarded to you within two weeks of passing the exam.


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How much does the program cost?

The Sport Nutrition Specialist Course is $299.00. The course materials package consists of the Course Textbook, Study Guide, instructional DVD set, and E-Learning access. The Sport Nutrition Specialist Course is independent from the Sport Nutrition Specialist Exam, which is $249.


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How do I register?

Once you have decided you would like to participate in the Sport Nutrition Specialist Course, you can simply enroll online using a major credit card, or contact the NCSF directly at 800-772-NCSF(6273) and register over the phone.


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