The Best Nutrition Coach Certification For Registered Dietitians

by | Jul 16, 2021

There are many online nutrition coach certifications out there. As a dietitian you may be wondering what makes the Dietitian Nutrition Coaching Certification valuable after years of rigorous higher education and experience. In today’s post I’ll be sharing more details about the Level 1 certification. Before diving in, though, allow me to introduce myself for those of you who are new around here!

My name is Tony Stephan, and I’m a dietitian business coach. I help RDs make more IMPACT and more INCOME through nutrition coaching. Before becoming a dietitian business coach, I was a dietitian nutrition coach. I served thousands of nutrition coaching clients over a time span of 12 years. My successful nutrition coaching business is what led me to where I am today. Now, let’s review how the Dietitian Nutrition Coaching Certification (DNCC) is different from the rest and adds value to you and your business.

A Nutrition Coach Certification Created By An RD, With Other RDs In Mind

One of the biggest pros of this course is that it was created by an RD, built for RDs! It’s an online self-paced course focused on real-world application. The truth is, dietitians know the science but we aren’t really taught how to translate that into applicable nutrition coaching outside of a clinical setting.

The 12 module topics include:

  • Module 1: Mindset Shift – Taking the Frame Of a Successful & Confident Dietitian Nutrition Coach
  • Module 2: Who Is Your Ideal Client?
  • Module 3: Clinical Dietetics VS Dietitian Coaching – Switching From Practitioner to Successful Dietitian Nutrition Coach
  • Module 4: Building Compliance By Speaking In Your Clients Language
  • Module 5: Creating The Initial Nutrition Coaching Assessment
  • Module 6: The Anatomy of a Successful Nutrition Coaching Program
  • Module 7: Developing The Systems For Success With Nutrition Coaching
  • Module 8: Check In Process and Structuring Coaching Calls
  • Module 9: Reassessing Clients and Building The Roadmap for Future Success
  • Module 10: How To Set Non-Compliant & Difficult Coaching Clients Up For Success
  • Module 11: Professionalism With Nutrition Coaching and Staying In Your Scope
  • Module 12: What To Do When a Client Reaches Their Goals

Unlike other nutrition coach certifications, such as ISSA, Precision Nutrition, and NASM, the DNCC provides a supportive online community of other dietitians. These individuals have either been through the course themselves or are currently going through it! The learning opportunities are expansive, and nothing beats having a support group of like-minded professionals. The DNCC also recognizes how dietitians have a strong educational background in science and nutrition. Instead of paying for basic nutritional science information, we focus on applicable nutrition coaching techniques that have produced success along every step of the coaching process.

Build Your Coaching Systems & Confidence First (Sales/Marketing To Follow)

Rather than focusing on sales and marketing strategies from the jump, we teach how to build systems for success and grow confident in your coaching skills. If we did focus on sales and marketing first, that would be like putting the cart in front of the horse. This is essentially someone who is great at sales and marketing but they aren’t actually able to retain clients long-term. That type of strategy wouldn’t result in long-term success, which is exactly why we teach students how to coach first, building confidence in your skills. 

This certification also shows RDs how to build a nutrition coaching business in real-time. You will start building out the systems necessary to keep things streamlined and simple instead of messy and complicated.

A Nutrition Coach Certification Approved For CEUs

Upon completion of the online course, you’ll receive 30 continuing education units (CEUs) towards your CDR recertification cycle. On the other hand, ISSA, Precision Nutrition, NASM, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition are not accredited CEU providers for registered dietitians. This is yet another reason the DNC certification is superior for RDs. More than 700 students have worked through this certification, and there are hundreds of testimonials to back the impactful results of our program!

The Takeaway

The Dietitian Nutrition Coaching Certification focuses on setting students up for long-term success. We do this by helping you build confidence, structure, and systems needed for a sustainable online nutrition coaching program! You will learn how to be a more impactful coach and how to start your online business. You will also join a supportive community of like-minded professionals and gain 30 CEUs. 

As dietitians we just aren’t taught how to have success through online nutrition coaching. Yes, entrepreneurship inherently comes with failures and setbacks. However, why go through the pain of trying to figure it all out on your own if someone who’s been through it could lay out a roadmap for you? Learning from the mistakes of others helps get you where YOU want to be much quicker than if you tried all by yourself!

Have you been weighing your options, considering a nutrition coach certification to help build your online business? If so, EMAIL ME at I would love to address any questions or concerns you might have! Let’s take the guessing game out so you can charge what you are worth, deliver REAL results, and make a lasting impact.

The Dietitian Nutrition Coaching Certification

Designed for RDs who want to connect their formal education into real world application!

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