Sports Nutrition Course


The criteria to become an Accredited Sports Dietitian with SDA includes completion of this course.  As such, preference to attend will be given to those currently working or volunteering in the field of Sports Nutrition and/or those who are on SDA’S career development pathway.  Demand for this course is high and an application process applies (please see below for more details).

Criteria / Pre-requisites


  • Qualified Dietitian 
  • Registered with your local dietetics association (eg DAA) for the previous 12 months (minimum), if applicable.
  • Successful completion of Course Pre-Learning Task (PLT).  Access to the PLT will be provided once your application has been accepted into the course and registration deposit paid.
  • Letter of Recommendation from your Employer / Supervisor / Mentor / SDA Member.  See below for details regarding letter content.


  • 1 year clinical experience or currently working in sports nutrition
  • SDA Member

What you will learn:

The Sports Nutrition Course will educate you in how to convert the science of sports nutrition into practical and meaningful interventions for athletes and coaches. Nationally and internationally recognised sports nutrition professionals incorporate the latest information on sports nutrition and provide personal insight in working with athletes.

Topics include:

  • Principles of Training & Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Nutrition Principles for Training & Recovery
  • Sport Supplements
  • Nutrition for Endurance Sports
  • Nutrition for Team Sports
  • Weight Gain & Protein Requirements for Athletes
  • Body Composition Analysis
  • Weight Loss for athletes
  • Hydration assessment and interventions

Practical Advice from the experts on:

  • Getting Involved in Sports Nutrition
  • Working with Athletes & Teams
  • Research in Sports Nutrition
  • How to Overcome Performance Issues
  • Planning a performance nutrition program.


Application & Registration Process

Step 1 – Register your interest. To register your interest, please click here

Step 2 – SDA will email those who have registered their interest, inviting them to submit an application to attend the course (including Letter of Recommendation).  Note that preference to attend will be given to SDA members.

Step 3 – Successful applicants notified of their acceptance to attend the course.  A $500 deposit required (refundable) to secure your place.

Step 4 – Access provided to undertake the PLT (maximum two attempts).

Step 5 – Upon passing the PLT, complete registration and pay balance.


Letter of Recommendation

The Letter of Recommendation must be completed by your Employer / Supervisor / Mentor or an SDA Member to:

  • verify your relevant experience;
  • confirm that the qualification you gain from the course has the opportunity be utilised; and
  • provide support for your ability to uphold the professional standards of an Accredited Sports Dietitian.

Next Course


May 2015
Friday 1 May (8.30am) – Monday 4 May (3.30pm)


Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra

Course Convenors:

Greg Shaw & Greg Cox


Sports Dietitians Australia

Applications open:

To be confirmed (January 2015)


$1595.00 for SDA members (including GST)*

$1715.00 for non-members (including GST)*


 Description: 2012 Cancellation policy.pdf

*Please note accommodation & flights are not included in course costs. 

 Registration Includes:

  • Required textbook (Burke & Deakin, Clinical Sports Nutrition,4th Edition)
  • Course USB resource
  • Course certificate
  • Morning & afternoon tea and lunch daily


Further courses are currently proposed for:

6-9 November 2015  -  Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra
To register your interest, please click here

Mid-late November 2015 – Calgary, Canada
To register your interest, please click here


For any further enquiries regarding this course, please contact Sports Dietitians Australia

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