Sports Nutrition Course


The criteria to become an Accredited Sports Dietitian with SDA includes completion of this 4-day 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).

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 insights into 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 Criteria / Pre-Requisites

  • Completion of a Dietetics degree (Bachelor or Masters level)
  • Min. 12 months post-graduation ie 1 year clinical experience or currently working in Sports Nutrition (paid or voluntary)
  • Being mentored by an Accredited Sports Dietitian and/or
  • Your employer/mentor believes this course would be beneficial to you (confirmed by Letter(s) of Recommendation)
  • Successful completion of the SNC Pre Learning Task (details will be provided during the application process)
  • SDA Member

NB to progress to being an Accredited Sports Dietitian following the SNC course, you will also need to be an Accredited Practising Dietitian with DAA or hold a current Practising Certificate with the Dietitians Board of New Zealand (for full criteria to be an Accredited Sports Dietitian, please click here).

Priority will be given to applicants who meet the above criteria.  Applicants who do not have the minimum 1 year clinical or sports nutrition experience but have a strong case for attending the course can submit an application that meets the following requirements for consideration:

  • Completion of a Dietetics degree (Bachelor or Masters level)
  • Strong interest in working in Sports Nutrition and/or potential employment opportunity confirmed by Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • Successful completion of the SNC Pre Learning Task
  • SDA Member preferred

Application & Registration Process

Step 1 – Register your interest (see below).

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.  A $500 deposit is required (refundable if not accepted into course).

Step 3 – Successful applicants notified of their acceptance to attend the course.

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

Step 5 – Upon passing the PLT (60%), complete registration and pay balance (due one month prior to course commencement).

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.

*More than 1 letter can be submitted if required

 Next Course


23 – 26 November 2017

Thursday (8.30am) – Sunday (3.30pm)

Where: Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra
Course Convenors: Greg Shaw & Greg Cox
Enquiries: Sports Dietitians Australia
Applications open: 31 July 2017

$1645.00 for SDA members (including GST)*

$1880.00 for non-members (including GST)*

Comments:   SNC Cancellation Policy

*Registration includes:

  • Course USB resource
  • Course Certificate
  • Morning & afternoon tea and lunch daily

Please note text book, accommodation & flights are not included in course costs. 

For information about accommodation options, please click here.


Clinical Sports Nutrition, 5th Edition, Burke & Deakin

The textbook is essential for the course Pre Learning Task and is available for purchase through the SDA online store (SDA member rate $120 plus postage, non-member rate $140 plus postage; e-Book version $105 members; $112 non-members).

Key Dates

Monday 31 July Applications Open
Sunday 20 August
(11.59pm AEST)
Applications Close
Week commencing
Monday 4 September
Successful applicants emailed
Monday 11 September Textbooks sent and access to Pre Learning Task (PLT) provided.
Sunday 22 October
(11.59pm AEST)
Deadline to complete PLT
Friday 27 October Deadline to pay balance of Registration Fee

Register for the November 2017 Course here.

Register your Interest

To register your interest and to receive email updates regarding the application process for future 4-day Sports Nutrition Course please click here.  (Please note that this is to receive email updates only and is not the application form for the next course).

2018 Dates

The May 2018 SNC course is scheduled for 17 – 20 May 2018 (inclusive), AIS, Canberra ACT.

Level 1 ISAK Course

A Level 1 ISAK Accreditation Course is being planned for the 3 days following the November SNC Course (ie 27-29th November inclusive) – details will be posted once available.

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