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Become Certified in Holistic Nutrition and 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.

Select Your Delivery Method:

  • 100% Digital Access - Digital Access to digital versions of all course textbooks and online final exam.
  • Textbooks Only - Print textbooks and online exam.
  • Digital Access + Textbooks - Digital Access as noted above, plus a print version of each textbook and online exam.  


  • All AFPA Nutrition Certification programs curriculum fully meets the AADP’s (American Association of Drugless Practitioners) board educational requirements, giving AFPA students a thorough knowledge of courses set-forth by the Institute and making them eligible to become a Board Certified Nutrition Professional.
  • AFPA Nutrition Certification programs curriculum fully meets the ANMAB’s accreditation board educational requirements. Graduates of AFPA are eligible to apply to be a board certified Holistic Health Care Practitioner through the ANMAB (American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board).
  • The Holistic Nutrition Certification program is internationally accredited and AFPA is an approved training provider by the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine.
  • The Holistic Nutritionist Certification program has been approved by NANP (National Association of Nutrition Professionals) for a total of 30 NANP Category 1 CEUs.
  • AFPA is an approved school and continuing education provider by the CAIN Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition and CHCA Canadian Health Coach Alliance.  Graduates of AFPA approved certification programs are automatically approved to join C.A.I.N. or the C.H.C.A. with proof of graduation and will be awarded "Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (R.H.N.P.) and / or the "Registered Health Coach" (R.H.C.) title.  
  • This course is valid for 1.9 NASM CEUs. AFPA is recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as an Approved Continuing Education Provider.
  • This course is valid for 15 AFAA CEUs.  AFPA is recognized by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America as an Approved Continuing Education Provider.

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

  • 6 course textbooks and/or eBooks, 16 hours of online video/audio lectures, practice exam, online final exam
  • Holistic Nutrition Resources for Your Business 
  • 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 and 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 course assignment and certification exam anytime within 6 months
  • 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
  • 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, which provides the latest health and 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, dairy products, and 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 have become national epidemics 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!

What is a Plant-Based Diet Certification?

A Certified Holistic Nutritionist May Perform Any of the Following Tasks, But Are 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.  Graduates are advised to stay within the AFPA Nutrition Professional Scope of Practice.
  • Holistic Nutrition Certification Program Guide: How the program is structured, key course topics and materials, testimonials and more.

Holistic Nutritionist Certification Course Curriculum, But Are Not Limited To:

Module 1:  Holistic Nutrition Science

The Holistic Nutrition Science Module covers basic anatomy and physiology, describing each major system of the body and how they interrelate. Also presented are the models of health and disease, both traditional and holistic. You will discover which whole foods, herbs, and spices have been scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease. You will also learn what to eat in order to help treat the top 15 causes of death, foods we should consume every day, and those that we need to avoid.  

How the Body Works and Self-Care

  • The Skin—Between, Within, and Without
  • The Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System and Fascia
  • The Cardiovascular System—Transport
  • Immunity
  • The Lungs
  • The Digestive System—Eating and Food Processing
  • The Liver—A General with a Thousand Functions                
  • The Kidneys and Bladder—Cleaning the Blood
  • Hormones (The Endocrine System)—Communication and Control
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Senses—Experiencing the World
  • Detoxification, Elimination, and Fasting

Nutrition for Disease Prevention

  • Holistic Nutrition for Heart Disease 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Lung Diseases 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Brain Diseases 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Digestive Cancers 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Infections 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Diabetes 
  • Holistic Nutrition for High Blood Pressure 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Liver Diseases 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Blood Cancers 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Kidney Disease 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Breast Cancer 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Suicidal Depression 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Prostate Cancer 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Parkinson's Disease 
  • Holistic Nutrition for Iatrogenic Causes 
  • Foods to Eat Every Day to Fight Disease

Holistic Nutrition, Medicine, and Society

  • The Modern Healthcare System
  • Modern Medicine Downfall
  • The Whole Truth About Medicine
  • Treating the Symptom and Not the Cause
  • Prevention vs. Prescription
  • Nutrition as Prevention
  • Genetics vs. Nutrition
  • Understanding the Medical System
  • Food Industry Exploitation and Control

  • Research and Profit
  • Media Influence on Society and Nutrition

Foods, Diets, and Meal Planning for Health and Longevity

  • Defining the Optimum Diet
  • The Science Behind the WFPB Way of Eating
  • Calorie Rich, Nutrient Poor: Obesity, Chronic Disease
  • Reverse-Engineering Longevity: Food and Culture in the Blue Zones
  • Let Food Be Thy Medicine
  • Demystifying Diabetes
  • Discussion of Pros and Cons of Various Diets: Low-Carb, Paleo, Etc.
  • Navigating Everyday Food Choices
  • The Psychology and Physiology of Food and Pleasure
  • Proven Strategies for Successful Transitions to Healthier Diets
  • Transform Your Health
  • Whole Foods Recipes
  • How to Customize the Whole Foods Diet for Particular Preferences and Needs
  • Shopping Lists, Culinary Tips, and Other Practical Tools to Support Healthy
  • Eating at Home or When Traveling

Holistic Herbal Remedies for Health and Longevity 

  • Herbal Nutrition
  • Stress and Energy
  • Relaxation, Mood, and Sleep
  • Digestion and Elimination
  • Detoxification: Cleanup Time   
  • The Immune System
  • The Respiratory System
  • Blood Sugar
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Managing Pain
  • The Thyroid
  • Reproductive Vitality
  • Aging Gracefully
  • Children and Animals: Herbal Medicine for the Whole Family
  • Harvesting, Buying, Storing, and Using Herbs
  • DIY Herbal Remedies

Module 2:  Nutrition Consultant Skill Development

The Nutrition Counseling Skills Module provides you with a step-by-step guide to the fundamental skills of counseling strategies and protocol, complemented by action-based worksheets and practical case studies. Included are practical examples and first-person accounts of case studies that show how to execute various approaches, counseling strategies, and common nutritional assessments in a variety of settings. The worksheets and questionnaires teach students to document and assess counseling sessions. In addition, forms and checklists are provided for beginning practitioners.

  • Preparing to Meet Your Client
  • Frameworks for Understanding and Attaining Behavior Change
  • Communication Essentials
  • Meeting Your Client: The Counseling Interview  
  • Developing a Nutritional Care Plan: Putting It All Together
  • Promoting Change to Facilitate Self-Management
  • Making Behavior Change Last  
  • Communication with Diverse Population Groups
  • Group Facilitation and Counseling
  • Keys to Successful Nutrition Education Interventions
  • Education Strategies, Mass Media, and Evaluation
  • Four-Week Guided Nutrition Counseling Program
  • Step-By-Step Guide for Working with Clients
  • Client Intake Forms

Module 3:  Holistic Health Research Presentations

In the Holistic Health Research Presentations Module, you will hear the most current research to date, including practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent and even reverse chronic diseases. Note: Content listings for each presentation have been abbreviated.

Presentation 1            

  • LDL Cholesterol and Heart Disease
  • Animal Protein and Stress Hormones
  • Donating Blood to Prevent Heart Disease
  • Turmeric and Inflammatory Pseudotumor
  • Breast Cancer Risk and Soy
  • Treating Endometriosis with Seaweed
  • Treating PCOS with Diet
  • Strengthen the Mind-Body Connection
  • Do Vitamin C Supplements Prevent Colds?
  • Supplement Industry and Carnitine/TMAO

Presentation 2

  • Benefits of Ginger for Menstrual Cramps
  • Green Tea for Boosting Immune Function
  • Dangers of Supplement Deregulation
  • Benefits of Rosemary for Brain Function
  • Sodium and Autoimmune Disease
  • Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds
  • Wakame Seaweed and Immune Function
  • Block Breast Cancer's Estrogen Enzymes
  • Avocados, Red Wine, and Inflammation
  • Treating Bacterial Vaginosis with Vitamin C
  • Sodium-to-Potassium Ratio and Stroke Risk
  • Gut Flora Uses Eggs to Accelerate Cancer

Presentation 3

  • Best Supplements for Prostate Cancer
  • Lead in Drinking Water
  • Best Foods for Lead Poisoning
  • Microbiome: We Are What They Eat
  • Best Aromatherapy Herb for Alzheimer's
  • Natural Treatment for Acne
  • Controversy Over the Trans Fat Ban
  • Food Industry Wants Public Confused
  • Best Supplement for Fibromyalgia
  • Fermented or Unfermented Soy Foods

Presentation 4 

  • Antioxidant Effects of Acai vs. Apples
  • Acai vs. Blueberries for Artery Function
  • Arsenic in Rice, Mushrooms, and Wine
  • Effects of Too Much Arsenic in the Diet
  • How to Cook Rice to Reduce Arsenic
  • Pros of Brown Rice vs. Cons of Arsenic
  • Coconut Oil and Boost in HDL Cholesterol
  • Coconuts and Coconut Oil MCTs
  • Advanced Prostate Cancer and Diet
  • Is Nutritional Yeast Healthy for Everyone?

Presentation 5

  • How to Avoid Lectin Poisoning
  • Are Lectins in Food Good or Bad for You?
  • Fighting Autism Brain Inflammation
  • Best Foods for Autism
  • Is CAPB in SLS-Free Toothpaste Better?
  • Cell Phone Brain Tumor Risk
  • Different Oils for Eczema Treatment
  • The Best Diet for Fibroids
  • Efficacy and Safety of Probiotics
  • Best Food for High Cholesterol
  • Lycopene Supplement vs. Prostate Cancer

Presentation 6

  • Autism and Casein from Cow's Milk
  • Pros and Cons of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism
  • Best Foods to Avoid for Eczema
  • Exclusion Diets for Eczema
  • Are Avocados Good for Your Cholesterol?
  • Researching the Health Effects of Marijuana
  • The Rise in Blood Lead Levels in Pregnancy and Menopause
  • Soy Phytoestrogens for Menopause Hot Flashes
  • Best Food to Counter Stress-Induced Immune Suppression
  • The Effects of Radiation Leaking from Microwave Ovens

Presentation 7 

  • Coconut Oil and Abdominal Fat
  • Mammogram Recommendations: Why the Conflicting Guidelines?
  • The Role of Pesticides and Pollution in Autism
  • Are Avocados Fattening?
  • The Role of Dairy and Gluten in Canker Sores
  • Breast Cancer and the 5-Year Survival Rate Myth
  • The Pros and Cons of Mammogram

Presentation 8

  • Does Cocoa Powder Cause Acne?
  • Is Aloe Effective for Blood Pressure, Inflammatory Bowel, Wound Healing, and Burns?
  • Apple Peels Put to the Test for Chronic Joint Pain
  • Can Alcohol Cause Cancer?
  • The Best Source of Resveratrol
  • Is It Better to Drink Little Alcohol Than None at All?
  • How to Prevent Alzheimer’s with Diet
  • The Risks of Shark Cartilage Supplements
  • Should Women with Fibroids Avoid Soy?
  • Do Natural and DIY Tea Tree Oil Cleaning Products Disinfect as Well as Bleach?
  • Coconut Water for Athletic Performance vs. Sports Drinks
  • Are Sports Drinks Safe and Effective?
  • How to Access Research Articles for Free
  • Sci-Hub Opens Up a World of Knowledge
  • 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 and a healthy diet
  • Desire to help others obtain their nutritional and optimal health goals  

Learning Format: 

  • Comprehensive manuals and/or digital textbooks, online resources, video presentations, practice exam and online final 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 receipt of 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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