Course Description

This course is designed to give you the framework to move towards your journey to better health. It will allow you to explore your passion in a professional online environment to discover whether a career in nutrition will be your future path.

Everyone needs to pay attention to eating well and making the correct choices for their health. This course will give you the foundation to gather a firm understanding of the basics of nutrition and to comprehend trends and fads.

You’ll gain an understanding of what can happen to the body with poor nutrition and how to avoid certain specific outcomes. Discover the way to create meal plans for different types of health results and to plan the best menu for a body's particular needs, while taking an individual physical framework into consideration - the body's age, current weight, nutritional needs and other lifestyle factors. 

You will also learn about Australian Dietary Guidelines and about the human body – how it digests and metabolises foods and stores energy.

This certificate would be suitable for you if you are interested in pursuing a career in the nutrition field. It is also relevant for those who want to develop extra nutrition knowledge to further their careers, for example, personal trainers or those working in health care.

This course would also suit you if you want to learn more about nutrition and the relationship between food and health to enhance your strong interest in wellbeing and eating. 

Why study this course with Open Colleges?

At Open Colleges, you will find learning materials and activities that are digital, fresh and interactive. Our courses are created in consultation with industry experts and broad elective choices will allow you to choose an area of focus that you are interested in pursuing. Elective choices include:

  • Nutrition for sport and fitness
  • Pregnancy and children's nutrition
  • Chronic disease management
  • Health education and promotion
  • Nutrition for a healthy lifestyle
  • Weight management, including loss and gain.
Course number E1034
Course name Certificate in Human Nutrition
Course duration Maximum 12 months
Delivery Method Online
Assessments Portfolio, Quizzes, Short-answer questions
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher recommended
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 11 or higher

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.6 or higher recommended
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)

You will also need access to Macromedia Flash player and access to software to view online videos and images, such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, which are available as a download from the internet.


You will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, audio and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.

You will also need access to software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc are available as a download from the internet.

Some assessments include a component for you to record an audio or video. The requirements for these vary depending on the assessment. If you are unable to conduct these in the workplace and this is a requirement of the assessment, you have the option of engaging with friends, family and other students to record this via other means, such as Skype.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

What is nutrition?

  • A history of nutrition
  • Defining healthy eating
  • Considering the current Australasian diet
  • Diet myths
  • Fad diets

Fundamentals of human nutrition

  • Macronutrients
    • carbohydrates
    • proteins
    • fats
  • Micronutrients
    • vitamins and minerals
    • water
  • What is a healthy diet?
  • Food labels
    • Units of measurements

Digestion, absorption and transport

  • Stages of digestion
  • Absorption and transport: How do we get energy from food?

How does nutrition effect the human body?

  • Nutrition and health priorities
    • Energy balance
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Diabetes
    • Nutrition deficiencies

Applications of nutrition

  • Nutrition and chronic health and disease management
  • Nutrition for fitness and sports
  • Nutrition and healthy lifestyle
  • Health education and promotion
  • Weight management: loss and gain
  • Nutrition in pregnancy and children's nutrition

Select any two of the elective modules below:

Chronic health and disease management

  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Role of diet and nutrition in treatment and management of common disorders and chronic diseases

Fitness and sports

  • Energy
  • Training diet
  • Fluids
  • Supplements

Healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind

  • Nutrition and the brain
  • Role of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in mental health
  • Vitamins and mental health
  • Minerals
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Stress

Health education and promotion

  • Promoting lifelong healthy eating
  • Role of the food industry
  • School healthy eating programs

Weight management: loss and gain

  • Managing the eating plan
  • Understanding obesity
  • Preventing obesity
  • Modifying eating behaviour
  • Monitoring calorie intake

Nutrition in pregnancy and children’s nutrition

  • Nutrition in pre-pregnancy
  • Nutrition in pregnancy
  • Nutrition in infants
  • Nutrition in childhood
  • Weight gain and pregnancy
  • Adolescent dietary needs



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Find out more

Kimberley Weeks

Kimberley has a Masters degree in Human Nutrition and is currently undertaking further studies, progressing towards a Masters degree in Health & Human Services Management.

She has worked extensively in the fitness industry with over 7 years of experience as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She enjoys combining the theoretical and practical knowledge to help her clients achieve their goals and develop a better understanding and implementation of a healthy lifestyle.

Kimberley personal experience with various fitness competitions has enriched her knowledge and experience in the fitness industry.

Phil Casey

Since receiving his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Phil has held a number of specialist posts in both hospital and community settings, including roles in pediatrics and working with diabetics. He has also worked as a chiropractic assistant in Sydney’s CBD for five years, a role which saw him perform exercise rehabilitation sessions for clients.

Also qualified in sports/remedial massage and personal fitness training, Phil has 20 years fitness industry experience including personal training, facility management and sales.

As an educator, Phil has over six years’ experience teaching a range of face-to-face and online courses across anatomy and physiology, Certificate III and IV in Fitness and the Diploma of Fitness.

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