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Become Certified in Holistic Nutrition & create lifestyle plans to support optimal health in 6 months or less!

The Holistic Nutrition Certification program provides an unprecedented, evidence-based, professional training in holistic nutrition, whole foods and plant-based nutrition, which will provide you with a strong skill-set and the confidence to coach and consult with any client seeking to not only prevent, but reverse disease, and gain optimal health. Want to learn more about GMO's, organics, veganism, vegetarianism, whole foods, Paleo, dairy, non-dairy and how to achieve total wellness?  This program is for you!  As a Certified Holistic Nutritionist trained in natural complimentary nutrition you will be able to coach, consult and advise clients on how to identify and help correct the nutritional causes of health complaints, and design personalized diet and lifestyle programs that optimize health.

The Holistic Nutrition Certification program includes all learning materials and testing:

  • 5 course textbooks, 16 hours of online video/audio lectures 
  • Holistic Nutrition Resources for Your Business - Online
  • Guide on Establishing & Optimizing Your Holistic Business
  • Guide on Legal Guidelines for Unlicensed Nutrition Practitioners
  • 28-Day Meal Plan with accompanying shopping list and recipes 
  • Counseling & Lifestyle Management forms for starting your own business
  • Worksheets and questionnaires to document and assess counseling sessions
  • Forms, Worksheets and checklists provided are perforated for easy duplication
  • Test When You’re Ready – Complete the certification exam anytime within 6 months from enrollment
  • Study at Your Own Pace - Course Study Guidelines and Completion Schedule are included to help you stay on track
  • Online Testing - Submit your assignments and final examination online and receive your results immediately
  • There are no extra or added fees for registration, course materials and/or examination
  • Unlimited Student Support – We are here to help you before, during and after enrollment
  • Weekly AFPA Blog - Sign up for Blog that provides the latest health & nutrition research and trends
  • No Travel Necessary

What is Holistic Nutrition? What is a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet?

  • What is a whole foods, plant-based diet? Put simply, it is a diet that prioritizes eating whole or unprocessed plant foods, minimizes meats, fish and dairy products, eggs and eliminates highly processed foods. This is not necessarily a vegetarian or vegan diet. When you design your diet of whole foods at or greater than 90 percent plant-based, that means you keep animal products meat, eggs, dairy, fish at no more than 10 percent of your total daily caloric intake. 

  • Did you know The American Institute for Cancer Research has established 10 recommendations for cancer prevention, beyond not using tobacco?  The dietary message is: Diets that revolve around whole plant foods—vegetables, whole grains, fruits and beans—cut the risks of many cancers, as well as other diseases significantly.

  • Did you know it is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. 

  • Most Americans consume highly processed and refined foods that accelerate the rate of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Additionally, the obesity rate and type 2 diabetes in adults and children has become a national epidemic primarily due to these refined and processed foods. It is estimated that an American born in 2000 has a one in three chance of developing diabetes in his or her lifetime, and the risk is even greater for a Hispanic American or African American.  Furthermore, it is estimated that 80 percent of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented by a change in diet and exercise.  The problem lies in getting people to change the foods they eat. 

  • YOU can help change this!  Processed foods and beverages have become so commonplace that people often don’t see them for what they truly are. They think these artificial food substances are actually real foods. YOU can help to educate them!  This course provides you with the latest clinical studies, cutting edge science and proven methods to empower your clients to achieve optimal health and take control of their own life, with your help!

A Certified Holistic Nutritionist May Perform Any Of The Following Tasks, But Not Limited To:

  • Counsel clients on basic rules of good holistic nutrition, healthy wholesome eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life.
  • Assess optimal nutritional needs; assess diet restrictions and current health plans; develop and implement nutritional plans and provide nutritional counseling.
  • Advise on nutritional principles, food plans and diet modifications, and food selection and preparation.
  • Organize, develop, analyze, test, and prepare optimal meal plans such as low-fat, low-cholesterol, plant based and chemical-free meals.
  • Advise on habits for consciously eating healthy foods that promote vibrant physical and mental health, while supporting a strong immune system and preventing disease.
  • Holistic Nutrition Consultants may perform the above, in addition to advising patients on buying organic, taking supplements, and other nutritional considerations.
  • Career Trends in Holistic Nutrition discusses the differences in scope of practice for Holistic Nutrition, Dieticians, Nutritionists and Health & Wellness Coaches.
  • Offering Nutrition Advice: What You Can and Can't Do Learn the specific guidelines, so you can focus on the areas where your insights and knowledge will truly make a difference.  
  • Holistic Nutrition Certification Program Guide: How the program is structured, key course topics and materials, testimonials and more.

Holistic Nutritionist Certification Course Topics Include, But Not Limited To:

  • Systems of the Body and How They Interrelate
  • Macro and Micro Nutrients
  • Eating and Food Processing
  • Enzymes
  • Traditional and Holistic Models of Health and Disease
  • The Truth About the Modern Healthcare System
  • How to Prevent, Control and Reverse Chronic Disease
  • Food Choices for Illness Recovery and Wellness
  • Genetics and Nutrition
  • Medicine vs. Supplementation
  • USDA Conflicts of Interest
  • Nutrition Facts and Labeling
  • Preventing & Reversing Cancer - Foods to Eat, Foods to Avoid
  • Dietary recommendations for Arthritis Treatments
  • Latest Studies on Vegan vs. Vegetarian
  • Carnivores vs. Herbivores
  • Plants Foods vs. Animal Foods
  • Farmed vs. Wild Foods
  • Carcinogens, Pesticides, Parasites and Other Toxins
  • Organic, Genetically Modified, and Irradiated Foods
  • NutraSweet, MSG, Artificial Ingredients and Other Offenders
  • Preventing Childhood Obesity and Allergies with Diet
  • Enhancing Athletic Recovery and the Immune Response
  • Protein, Soy, Dairy, Fats & Oils
  • Milk and Dairy Foods: Subject for Debate
  • Dairy Substitutes
  • Meat: Questions and Answers
  • Seafood:  Safety, Radioactivity & Farming
  • Processed, Packaged & Snack Foods
  • Beverages: Sugared, Artificial, Natural & Caffeinated
  • Alkaline Diet, Protein, and Calcium
  • Greens, Seaweed and other Superfoods for Super Health
  • Eating Raw – Is It for everyone?
  • The Healthiest, Most Nutrient Dense Foods
  • Great, Good and Bad Killer Fats
  • The Truth About Grains, Chocolate and Other Foods
  • Time to Detoxify
  • Recipes for Nutritional Detoxification
  • Calorie Density and Eating Whole
  • Identifying Challenges
  • Meal Planning & Recipes
  • Food Diary
  • Pantry Essentials
  • Cooking Recipes Carnivores vs. Herbivores
  • Putting it all Together! 

Consulting Component:

  • Effective Counseling Relationship
  • Nutrition Counseling Skills
  • The Counseling Interview
  • Goal Setting
  • Design a Plan of Action
  • Dietary Assessment
  • Energy Determinations, Physical Assessment, Documentation/Charting
  • Strategies to Promote Behavior Change
  • Making Behavior Change Last
  • Role of A Nutrition Counselor in Physical Activity Counseling
  • Ending the Counseling Relationship
  • Group Counseling
  • Lifestyle Management Forms
  • Worksheets & Questionnaires to Document & Assess Counseling Sessions
  • Forms and Checklists for Easy Duplication

Digital Lecture Online Component:

  • Red Meat vs. White Meat
  • Formula for Childhood Obesity
  • Antioxidants and Depression
  • How to Prevent High Blood Pressure
  • Are Organic Foods Healthier?
  • Turmeric, MGUS, and Multiple Myeloma
  • Dietary Pollutants and Testosterone
  • How Many Glasses of Water a Day?
  • Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?
  • Physicians Missing the Most Important Tools
  • The Safety of Meme vs. Non-Heme Iron
  • Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel
  • Preventing Brain Loss with B Vitamins?
  • Can Dehydration Affect Our Mood?
  • Losing Weight Through Thermogenesis
  • Boosting Brown Fat Though Diet
  • Does Chocolate Cause Weight Gain?
  • Why is Meat a Risk Factor for Diabetes?
  • How Plants Protect Against Diabetes
  • The Science of Green Smoothies
  • Plant-Based Diets for Improved Mood
  • Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Pregnancy
  • Alzheimer’s May Start Decades Before
  • Ulcerative Colitis and Diet
  • What Are the Healthiest Foods?
  • Click here for more topics

Completion Time:

  • Self-paced, self-study, complete your course within 6 months or less 
  • After successful completion, you will earn the title of “Certified Holistic Nutritionist”

Requirements for enrollment: 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Basic understanding of nutrition & a healthy diet
  • Desire to help others in obtaining their nutritional and optimal health goals  

Learning Format: 

  • Comprehensive manuals, online resources, video lessons, and online exam.

 Exam Requirement:  

  • Passing an online exam with 85% or higher.
  • Exam is based on the course materials.  No added materials needed.
  • There are approximately 335 exam questions.
  • The examination must be completed within 28 days of being provided your testing link.
  • You do not have to complete your exam in one sitting.
  • Once you submit your examination for grading and pass, you will receive your grade and credentials immediately
  • If you do not pass there is a $75.00 retest fee.  You will be allowed to retest within 24 business hours


**Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Position Statement**

It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes. Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable than diets rich in animal products because they use fewer natural resources and are associated with much less environmental damage.  Full Position Paper.

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  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Apr 2018

    I love the way that this course is designed and all of the materials provided are fantastic. Study at your own pace with a guideline to use if you want it. AFPA provides you with everything you need to be successful. Thank you AFPA for a great educational experience.

  • 5
    Great course!!

    Posted by Nancy C. on 4th Apr 2018

    This is so much better than I thought it was going to be. This course and AFPA are worth every penny that it cost. I am learning so much from the Holistic Nutritionist Certification course and the material it is unreal. I am definately taking another course with AFPA when I am finished with Holistic Nutrition. Thank you AFPA ...

  • 4
    Very Informative Study Program

    Posted by Unknown on 8th Mar 2018

    After taking this certification, my eyes opened to the reality of the relationship between Nutrition and Health. I did research on other programs and have found this to be the best! I love all of the knowledge I have gained.

  • 5
    Fantastic on-line Holistic Nutrition Course!

    Posted by Kim Morse on 27th Dec 2017

    Love the Holistic Nutrition Class.
    So much relevant material, and I can't wait to finish the course and utilize my knowledge in helping myself and others to achieve optimum health and wellness.

  • 5
    So far I love it !!!

    Posted by Pamela Dibble on 11th Nov 2017

    I am only two books in (and Listen to the dvd's in the background) and am loving the material. I also love the fact that there is no pressure! Assignments are due whenever you get them done. So I can read at my own pace and then reread to do the assignments later. It also gives you an area of where to look for the question answers. I am so excited to have finally started and even more excited to finish. Hoping to finish early, and learn a lot about the coaching aspect, so I can start an at home income.

    ***Best price out there also! !!!

  • 5
    Excellent program, very informative

    Posted by Francine V. on 5th Nov 2017

    I started the program just last month, and I am so glad I did! I feel enlightened by the course materials which provide very in depth yet easy to process information. Very excited to keep on learning, and can't wait to share my knowledge with others.

    So far I am very please and would definitely recommend this program!

  • 5
    Great Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach Certification Program

    Posted by Dwight Christie on 22nd Oct 2017

    So far I am about 1/2 the way through the study of nutrition and health coaching certification. I am finding it to be very rewarding thus far and I feel very positive about the outcome. I am looking forward to completing the program and moving forward with my new career. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to start a career in nutrition and health coaching.

  • 5
    This program is WORTH IT!

    Posted by Cindy Moya on 2nd Oct 2017

    I have always been passionate about holistic healing with diet so this year I decided to make a career out of it. I haven't been in school in a while so at first, it was very overwhelming for me however all the books and DVDs provided fantastic information that's very in depth! I read the books twice and learned something new the second time reading it. I also want to thank Amy for all her guidance and assistance through out my journey! Take the course if you are thinking about it, you wont regret it!

  • 5
    Life changing

    Posted by Araceli Schmaltz on 8th Sep 2017

    After taking this certification, my eyes opened to the reality of the relationship between Nutrition and Health, I'm a cancer survivor and I took the Holistic medicine instead of Chemical treatment (chemo), this is the reason why I decided to get Certified, to help others get healthy. It worked for me, I got healed in 4 months.

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