Sports Nutrition Course – Online

The criteria to become an Accredited Sports Dietitian with SDA includes completion of the internationally regarded SDA Sports Nutrition Course (SNC).  Demand for this course is high and an application process applies (please see below for more details).  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.

Previously run as a 4-day face to face course, the SNC has been extensively reviewed and adapted into a comprehensive 13-week online course.  Particular attention has been given to maintaining the exceptionally high quality of content and expert presenters the course is renowned for, in a more flexible format.  Whilst the course is fully online, numbers will remain capped per intake to ensure focussed support for your learning.  You will progress through the course alongside your future peers and colleagues and the course involves several live sessions across the 13 weeks to provide you the opportunity to engage directly with the experts.

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 share their personal insights into working with athletes.

Topics include:

  • Principles of Training & Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Nutrition Principles for Training & Recovery
  • Carbohydrate Periodisation
  • Sport Supplements
  • Nutrition for Endurance Sports
  • Nutrition for Team Sports
  • Weight Gain & Protein Requirements for Athletes
  • Body Composition and Physique Athletes
  • Weight Loss and Relative Energy Deficiency
  • Hydration Assessment and Interventions
  • Endurance and Ultra Endurance Athletes
  • High Intensity Sports & Specialty Areas

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.

Where can the course take me?

Learn about Reid Reale’s story of how his career has unfolded since undertaking the Sports Nutrition Course.

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)
  • SDA Member

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
  • SDA Member preferred

NB International dietitians are warmly invited to undertake the course.  Please note, that to progress to being an Accredited Sports Dietitian following the SNC course, participants also need to be an Accredited Practising Dietitian with DAA or hold a current Practising Certificate with the Dietitians Board of New Zealand ie at this time the AccSD credential is only available to Australian and New Zealand Dietitians (for the full criteria to be an Accredited Sports Dietitian, please click here).

Application & Registration Process

Step 1 – Register your interest (see below) to ensure you are kept up to date with upcoming courses.

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 (you can join here).  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 – Balance of course registration becomes due.

Step 5 – Access will be provided to the course platform prior to the course commencement date.

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 Courses

To register your interest and to receive email updates regarding the application process for future Sports Nutrition Courses please click here. (Please note that this is to receive email updates only and is NOT the application form for the next course). For any further enquiries regarding the SNC course, please contact Sports Dietitians Australia.

When: 30 August 2021 – 26th November 2021
Where: Fully Online – 13 week course including several live sessions
Course Convenors: Alan McCubbin
Enquiries: Sports Dietitians Australia
Applications open:
  • Applications open – 15th June 2021
  • Applications close – 26th July 2021
  • Successful candidates notified – 9th August 2021
Course Fee:

$1695.00 for SDA members (including GST*)

$1940.00 for non-members (including GST)*

*Deposit of $500 at time of application included in total cost*

Comments:   SNC Cancellation Policy

*Registration includes:

  • Access to Online SNC via the Moodle Platform
  • Access to SDA’s leading Sports Dietitians
  • Course Completion Certificate


Clinical Sports Nutrition, 6th Edition, Burke & Deakin

The textbook is not compulsory but is a highly recommended resource and is available for purchase through the SDA online store at $127 plus postage | e-Book version $127).

Register your Interest

To register your interest and to receive email updates regarding the application process for future 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).

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