About Nutrition Coaches
A Nutrition Coach is able to guide in healthy eating and create recipes and meal plans to support different lifestyles and health concerns.
A Nutrition Coach may be directly contacted by clients or clients be referred by other healthcare professionals to provide support in healthy eating. They do not consider the client’s symptoms but instead provide the support and guidance in the health area that is requested.
As well as working on a one to one client basis, Nutrition Coaches may deliver cooking demonstrations, webinars, seminars, group programmes, create menus for restaurants, retailers and corporates, work within corporate wellness or as a writer or blogger. The list is truly endless!
Within our course, we teach Nutrition Coaches how to stay within the limits of their training. For more information read our blog 'What is a Nutrition Coach'
A Nutrition Coach specialises in guiding clients in healthy eating whereas a Health Coach guides in more general lifestyle changes. Learn more here.
A Nutrition Coach is not a Nutritionist or a Nutritional Therapist. These professionals have undergone 3 years of training and hundreds of clinical hours practice. They take a full case history and assess symptoms to determine how in their clinical experience the patient is best supported through nutrition. They may then, having determined how they wish their patient to be supported i.e. support cardiovascular health, refer to Nutrition Coaches for recipes and meal plans to be prepared.
Studying with Sano will provide you with a respected qualification. We have high standards for a reason, to ensure that you have the best skills and knowledge to help people improve their health and change their lives with food. The quality of your work is what will drive your business and ensure you are a highly respected and successful Nutrition Coach.
With the current global health crisis, nutrition coaches are needed now more than ever to create an integrative healthcare system where nutrition coaches, doctors, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals work together to provide the best healthcare possible.
Course Content & Teaching
Over a period of 12 months, we teach you everything you need to set up a reputable nutrition coaching business and begin or further develop your career as a successful, qualified Nutrition Coach.
We teach you nutritional science based on the latest scientific evidence, personalised nutrition, the application of nutrition in practical terms and coaching that collectively ensures you are able to drive behaviour change and health improvements for your clients. In addition, we teach you all aspects of business building, management and marketing.
Your work is performed 100% online and can be accessed from a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, but you will not feel alone. We hold regular online student meetings and webinars. You will also receive individualised support for all aspects of your learning, whether that be clarifying understanding, extra support to complete an assignment or adapting your schedule for a holiday. One to one sessions are easy to book with our dedicated education team who are there to support you throughout your journey. In addition, you can engage with other students and graduates through the Sano community group.
The course consists of 22 modules covering nutrition, business and coaching which are released in accordance with a pre-determined timetable. You will receive an email weekly letting you know what you should be studying each week to keep on track with any deadlines. You can expect to spend on average about 10-14 hours per week on your coursework. There is adequate flexibility within the timetable to ensure that holidays and other commitments can be met.
We teach to give you the knowledge and skills to apply personalised nutrition. Every single person is unique and we do not believe in a ‘cookie cutter’ or 'dietary model' approach. What is right for one person doesn't make it right for another. We all have individual preferences, circumstances, budgets, genetics and health concerns.
Our curriculum ensures that you will have the skills and knowledge to provide every single client with their own 'personalised dietary model', a way of eating that suits them and their individual needs and preferences. We teach how the body works and how its functions are impacted by nutrients based on scientific evidence. You then learn how to apply that knowledge to food, recipes and meal plans ensuring that you are able to guide each individual in a personalised way.
This knowledge alone however is not enough to help drive behaviour change and improve health. We also teach you how to apply your skills practically, effectively coach and build a business. You have a passion to help people improve their health but of course, you do need to be rewarded for your time, effort and expertise and have a successful business; we teach you everything from setting up, budgeting, managing the business, finding your niche, setting your prices, photography, video and social media as well as building your website and much more.
The nutrition modules are in-depth and there is a lot of information to assimilate. We believe in 'circular learning' ensuring reinforcement of information and its practical application. Firstly you will study a nutrition module and reinforce your learning through quizzes and practical assignments. You then progress to business, coaching and cooking school modules where you continue to use your knowledge learnt in the nutrition module by applying it in practical ways. You will then begin the cycle again with the subsequent nutrition, business, coaching and cookery school modules. This format continues throughout the 12 months with each module building and reinforcing knowledge from previous modules.
This 'circular approach' keeps your learning experience practical and fun whilst still ensuring you learn the academia of nutritional science giving you the knowledge to be the best Nutrition Coach. The Sano Nutrition Coach course makes learning nutritional science and launching a business as a Nutrition Coach fulfilling and achievable within 12 months.
There are plenty of practical aspects to the course in all of the nutrition, business and coaching modules. Practical tasks include tasks in the kitchen, in buddy up sessions with other students, in client meetings, as well as photography and video tasks. We keep the tasks varied and fun whilst reinforcing your learning.
Yes, the nutrition content is evidence-based and each module is supported by full bibliographies enabling you to read the scientific papers supporting the teaching if necessary. The education team invests significant time in reviewing the latest nutrition research ensuring that all course content is kept up to date with the latest scientific evidence. Course content is also reviewed by an independent team of medical practitioners. New scientific discoveries are made every day. Through our teaching methods, we ensure that all our students are able to review, assimilate and apply new research in a practical way to best benefit clients.
The nutrition and coaching content is written by a team of Nutritional Therapists led by course director Heather Richards. Heather is an award-winning Nutritional Therapist with a drive for excellence in academia and clinical practice.
As well as her role as course director she runs a busy clinical practice ensuring she stays connected with the latest nutritional science, the 'real world' and the health challenges being faced by people every day and has the continued experience of how to coach to ensure behaviour change and health improvements. She is also the Lead Nutrition Advisor to the College of Medicine dedicated to driving change in healthcare and empowering people to take control of their health.
Doug Richards oversees the business teaching and has over 25 years of experience gained in the corporate world. He worked as CFO at NewDay plc, CEO at CMC Markets, Group COO and Group Finance Director at AWD Holdings and Divisional Board Director at Centrica for 11 years. Doug has established several successful and high profile new businesses including Goldfish Bank. Originally he started his career in investment banking after qualifying with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer. Heather previous to her career as a Nutritional Therapist worked as a Chartered Accountant for 10 years with PriceWaterhouse Coopers.
Our Education team is second to none with years of experience in student support. They support both our students and graduates. Nutrition assignments are marked and feedback is given by our team of Nutritional Therapists who all hold professional indemnity insurance in their own right. We maintain relationships with our graduates and help support their growing businesses through promotion and collaborations.
The course has been designed to fit around your schedule whatever your situation; whether you are a full-time parent, working full-time or part-time. The course consists of 22 modules covering nutrition, business and coaching which are released in accordance with a pre-determined timetable of the period of 12 months. There is adequate flexibility within the timetable to ensure that holidays and other commitments can be met. You don’t need to be online at specified times except for attending live webinars and group meetings. These are always recorded and available for you to access at any time after the event ensuring that you can fit studying with us into your life.
All the course content is accessed via your dashboard after logging into the Sano learning portal. Here you will find your timetable, all written content, animations, videos, quizzes, assignments, recordings of webinars and meetings and downloadable material such as PDF’s of the course material, recipe cards and client handouts.
You can send messages to the course tutors via your dashboard or by email and you will be able to join the private Sano community group for students and graduates. Throughout the course, you will also interact with fellow students through coaching sessions where you will buddy up to perform tasks aiding you in developing key skills to become a Nutrition Coach.
Our teaching ensures that you will have the skills and knowledge to provide every single client with their own 'personalised dietary model', a way of eating that suits them and their individual needs and preferences. We teach how the body works and how its functions are impacted by nutrients based on scientific evidence. You then learn how to apply that knowledge to food, recipes and meal plans ensuring that you are able to guide each individual in a personalised way. It doesn't matter what dietary preferences or needs your client has, you will have the skills and knowledge to guide them and provide them with a personalised dietary model.
Yes! We believe in respecting everyone's personal preferences. We will teach you how the body works, nutritional science and the practical application of nutrients to food to support health. You are able to take that knowledge and create your own ways of eating to support health whether that be in your assignments or in coaching your clients.
As our courses are written specifically for 'distance learning', everyone will find our coursework challenging but very informative, rewarding and enjoyable! Topics are covered with easy to understand explanations and where relevant, detailed diagrams, animations and videos accompany our course material.
The course is 100% online which you access by logging into your account.
The written coursework is available to download in PDF format from your account area on our website. This is for reference only and does not contain the videos, animations, quizzes, etc which you will need to proceed through online. You may save the written material to the hard drive of your PC, and print out your lessons to study away from your computer, should you need to.
Our teaching material comprises a range of written material, videos, animations, webinars, tutorials and meetings. Webinars, tutorials and meetings are live but are always recorded and can be accessed after the event from your online portal. One to one live support is available by booking a session with the education team.
Assessment is continuous throughout the course and comprises a variety of different methods. There are online quizzes, peer-assessed role-plays, case studies, practical tasks, self-reflection and assessment, as well as written submissions. The written submissions are also varied covering short answer questions, case studies, client handout creation and longer nutrition research studies that include a practical aspect. We aim to keep the assessments varied, fun and practical whilst also assisting in reinforcing and extending your learning. The assessments are not timed or performed under timed conditions although they will be due to be completed by certain deadlines. The timetable is flexible for you to fit your studies around your other commitments. For more detail see the FAQ 'Do I have a set timetable or will I be able to work at my own speed?' We provide as much support as necessary on an individual basis and a one-to-one support call can be booked with the education team at any time it is needed. There is no limit on the amount of support that is available to you during your studies. For further information on support see FAQ 'Distance learning can be difficult, what support is available for learners?'
We have a dedicated team of professional markers. All our markers are qualified nutritional therapists that are members of the British Association of Nutritional and Lifestyle Therapy (BANT) and the UK government regulator, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Our markers work is regularly reviewed and assessed to ensure we continually deliver consistency and the highest of standards.
We have designed our courses to be 100% online so that you can fit your studying into your life around other commitments. However, you will not be alone. We hold regular online student meetings and webinars. You will also receive individualised support for all aspects of your learning, whether that be clarifying understanding, extra support to complete an assignment or adapting your schedule for a holiday. One to one sessions are easy to book with our dedicated education team who are there to support you throughout your journey. You are able to contact the course teachers directly through the learning portal and can also email any queries. In addition, you can engage with other students and graduates through the Sano community group.
Our online webinars and events do not form a compulsory part of our training. However, they are of great benefit to those who choose to attend. We also offer internships and work experience opportunities for our students and graduates. Please email [email protected] to find out more.
Graduation & Qualification
There are multiple ways that a Nutrition Coach may work; on a one to one client basis, delivering cooking demonstrations, webinars, seminars, group programmes, menu creation for restaurants, retailers and corporates, within corporate wellness or as a writer or blogger. The list is truly endless! As a qualified Nutrition Coach you could;
- work with clients on a one-to-one basis
- coach through group programs either online or face to face
- give cooking demonstrations
- be a nutrition writer for magazines, health companies or write a book!
- blog about healthy eating and nutrition
- create a podcast
- work with employee wellness
- work within hospitality as a consultant guiding on menus and recipe development
- partner with health and wellness clinics
- work within gyms, spas or health food stores
- organise wellness retreats
- develop your own food products
- working with healthcare practices
The possibilities are endless. Our graduates create part-time and full-time nutrition coaching businesses. For some examples of how our graduates are working see our blog 'A Real-Life Perspective'
Yes, on successful completion students will receive a Diploma in Applied Nutrition and graduate as a Nutrition Coach. Your certificate is sent to you, by email, in PDF format, for you to print, frame and display. You will also receive a digital graduation badge that you can use to display your accomplishment on all marketing materials.
Yes! You will receive a Diploma in Applied Nutrition with the title of Nutrition Coach. You will receive a certificate and a graduation badge of achievement for use on all marketing materials. Please note that 'Nutrition Coach' may be a protected title in some regions and therefore may be restricted in its use. It is your responsibility to ensure the legalities of using the title in your region.
Sano holds full business insurance as a training provider allowing our students and graduates to directly apply for professional indemnity insurance through Balens. Sano is recognised as a Centre of Excellence of The Complementary Medical Association (CMA) and our students and graduates can become members of the CMA allowing them access to insurance via Westminster Insurance.
After graduation, you are entitled to join our graduate membership programme. As well as supporting you in the growth of your business and through collaborations, you will have access to a series of webinars and tutorials that cover a range of topics around food, nutrition, business and wellness to ensure your learning does not end after you graduate. You will also have priority booking on short courses that we may release from time to time.
Our online courses are accredited by the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (FNTP), certified by The CPD Certification Service and we are a member recognised as a Centre of Excellence of The Complementary Medical Association (CMA). This means that we are proud to say that we hold full Training School Membership of The Complementary Medical Association. This Membership is highly prestigious, and it demonstrates our commitment to the very highest standards of excellence in training courses – and our dedication to supporting you, as our student.
Unlike many other nutrition schools, we do not teach dietary models. We believe in personalised nutrition based on individual dietary preferences, personal circumstances and health concerns. Our curriculum and teaching approach instead enable our Nutrition Coach graduates to create individual dietary approaches, a personalised approach.
The theory of nutritional science is important but as vital is its practical application to translate it into an everyday language and practical medium that is understandable, appealing and relevant to the individual, helping drive behaviour change and achieve optimal health. Through our teaching and your practical assignments, you will be in the very best place to aid your clients in achieving their health goals.
When you graduate your learning does not end. New scientific discoveries are made every day. We ensure you have the skills and knowledge to analyse and interpret new research and be able to make it relevant to people’s everyday lives. We also continue to support your learning and business development through our graduate member programme.
As important to us as personalised nutrition is a personal relationship with all of our students and graduates. You will not be a 'number' in a large class. We take pride in our individual nurturing and support both to our students and graduates. One to one sessions may be booked with our education team at any point throughout your studies. No question is too small and there is no limit on the amount of individual support that you can receive.
All of our course content is written and presented by industry experts, regularly updated and independently reviewed by practising medical professionals.
Sano holds full business insurance as a training provider. In addition, our cyber insurance ensures that in the unlikely event of a cyber attack any interruption to the course material and operating of the business will be minimal.
Sano is a lot more than an online education company. The Sano group is committed to driving change and enabling people to take control of their own health through food.
Being part of the Sano group gives us the ability to invest heavily in technology and personnel ensuring continuous improvement and development of the courses and outstanding customer service & student support.
Sano was established in 2015 and specialises in food and nutrition including the provision of food, events and education. Founders Doug & Heather Richards are passionate about helping people live healthier through the food they eat; whether that be through nutrition education or the provision of food. Education includes training nutrition coaches, medical practitioners, integrated healthcare practitioners and those interested in nutrition for their own health through in-depth courses to lecturing, speaking at conferences, writing blogs, articles, sharing recipes and ideas and even the provision of food.
Our nutrition coaching course is a 12-month comprehensive programme providing you with all the skills to set up a reputable nutrition coaching business and begin or further develop your career as a successful, qualified Nutrition Coach. We believe that our comprehensive approach is well worth the investment. You will have the skills for life to ensure you stay abreast of the latest nutritional science and adapt your approach as necessary. New scientific discoveries are made every day and it is vital to be able to review, assimilate and apply new research in a practical way to best benefit your clients.
There are plenty of nutrition coaching courses on the market that are much cheaper and can be completed in a few weeks or months. However, to ensure the very best health outcomes for your clients and hence build a successful nutrition coaching business in-depth knowledge of nutrition, its practical application to food, coaching and business skills are essential and that is what we provide!
We believe that everyone should have access to reliable nutrition and health information based on scientific facts and have the ability to choose the food and lifestyle they enjoy based on their personal needs and preferences. In addition to our courses, we share our knowledge through podcasts, webinars, events, workshops and conferences.
Our founders Heather and Doug Richards are committed to driving change in healthcare and empowering people to take control of their own health and provide support through voluntary roles. Heather is the Nutrition lead for the College of Medicine and Doug Richards food programme lead for the 2019 Food Conference 'Food on Prescription'.
There are no course requirements in terms of prior qualifications. You must have a passion for food and nutrition and want to help people improve their health with food. You will need to be reasonably competent in spoken & written English and have basic computer skills including Microsoft Office. Assignments are submitted in Word format and all coursework is worked through online so an internet connection is required.
The course programme length is 12 months. The course is structured with set date ranges to study and complete modules. There is time within the date ranges to allow studying to fit around your lifestyle and other commitments. If for any reason unforeseen circumstances arise resulting in you being unable to complete your studies within the 12 months we have procedures in place enabling you to extend your studies for a further 12 months. For further information please see the FAQ 'What if unexpected circumstances occur during my course and I am unable to complete it within the year?'
On average our students study 10-14 hours a week. There is flexibility within the timetable to allow more study in one week and hence less in other weeks, accommodating holidays and other commitments. Sano closes for 2 weeks in December and the timetables are scheduled to allow all students to take a break from studying over this period.
As part of the course, we’ll recommend a few of our favourite books. Purchasing these books is not compulsory and will not jeopardise your completion of the course but can be used for extra reading or research.
Your coursework is available in modules released in accordance with a timetable. Each module is approximately 6 weeks and must be passed prior to the next module being available for study. Within each module, you are able to work at your own speed. The timetable is structured to allow enough time for flexibility such as holidays and other commitments whilst helping you graduate within the 12 months.
If you are interested in joining the next class and would like a copy of the class timetable please email [email protected]
Booking your Place
Student intake is in September, February and May of each year. To secure your place in any of these classes see the FAQ ‘How can I secure my place on the course?’
You can reserve a place on the upcoming course by paying the registration fee. Courses begin in September, February and May of each year. Your place will then be confirmed and the course fees due on the 1st of the month that the course begins. So, for example, to enrol on the September course your place is confirmed by paying the registration fee and the course fees (for further detail see the FAQ 'How much is the Sano Nutrition Coach course?') are due on 1st September (whether paying in full or by a monthly payment plan - for different payment options see the FAQ 'What are my payment options?'). Registration for the September course is June-August, February course registration is October-January and the May class registration is February-April.
Purchase & Payment
The cost of the 12-month course is £3,300. Studying this course and earning the qualification is an investment in your future allowing you to build a successful nutrition coaching business. This course fee provides you with all teaching materials including course downloads, access to the learning portal and assignment portal, marking of and feedback on assignments, attendance at webinars, tutorials and meetings, access to the education team including one-to-one support as required and access to the Sano community of students and graduates.
The cost covers the availability of the above mentioned for the period of 12 months. If you are unable to complete your studies within the 12 months there are options available to you (for further details see the FAQ 'What if unexpected circumstances occur during my course and I am unable to complete it within the year?'). We understand that this is a large payment and hence we offer interest-free payment plans allowing you to pay the cost monthly over the period of the 12-month course. A fee of £300 is required to secure your place (for further details see the FAQ 'How can I secure my place on the course?').
A non-refundable enrollment fee of £300 is required to reserve your place on a course. Course fees are due 3 weeks before the course commencement and can also be paid by monthly interest-free payments over the 12 month period of the course.
We are delighted to offer this course to students around the globe. Our message that food is medicine is universal. You can purchase through the website which accepts worldwide payments. Please note you may be charged a fee by your debit/credit card provider for converting money between currencies.
There is enough flexibility within the course timetable to enable you to complete your studies within 12 months and fit studying around your other commitments. We encourage you and will provide all the support necessary to help you graduate within the year whatever the circumstances. You will be studying the course to build a successful career in nutrition coaching and we want to help you achieve that goal sooner rather than later.
However sometimes the unexpected does happen and if for any reason you cannot complete the course within the year you are able to extend your study period for an additional 12 months. This is available at £750 for a 12-month extension and can be paid interest-free on a monthly basis. During this extension period, you will have full access to all the course materials and updates, webinars, tutorials, meetings, our dedicated assignment portal, detailed feedback from Nutritional Therapists on your written nutrition assignments and one-to-one support from the education team.