Sports Nutrition Essentials Course


The Centre for Advanced Learning and Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) have partnered to provide the Sports Nutrition Essentials course. This course, developed entirely by Accredited Sports Dietitians, is delivered entirely online, and is open to all dietitians.

Participants undertaking this course will develop a fundamental level of theoretical and practical knowledge to allow for basic sports nutrition information to be given to clients in private practice settings including:

  • An understanding of the role of sports nutrition (carbohydrate, protein and fluid) for fuelling and recovery in sport and exercise settings
  • An awareness of the appropriate integration of sports supplements into a training nutrition plan for sports performance
  • The ability to identify situations where a client should be referred to an Accredited Sports Dietitian with specialist knowledge and expertise in the area of sports nutrition

Please note, at the completion of this short course, participants will not be considered to be Provisional or Accredited Sports Dietitians. Those wishing to become a Provisional or Accredited Sports Dietitian are required to complete the Sports Nutrition Course conducted by Sports Dietitians Australia (further criteria also applies – please see for further information about the Sports Dietitian career pathway). 

This course is suitable for:

  • New graduates in Dietetics (Bachelor or Masters level) who don’t yet meet the criteria to undertake the SDA  Sports Nutrition Course
  • Accredited Practising Dietitians who are interested in exploring a specialisation in Sports Nutrition before committing to the SDA accreditation pathway
  • Accredited Practising Dietitians who need a base level of sports nutrition fundamentals to support the occasional athlete and to identify when to refer an athlete to an Accredited Sports Dietitian.

Leave this course with:

  • A fundamental level of knowledge to allow for provision of basic sports nutrition advice
  • Recommendations, guidelines and evidence based literature to add to your toolkit
  • Network of dietitians working in the field of sports nutrition
  • 8 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD). APDs can enter this under ‘Professional Education’ when course content aligns with APD learning goals (and remember to tick the ‘Professional Competence’ box in your CPD entry as well if the course has developed your skills, knowledge and expertise related to your area of practice – and that’s our goal!)
  • 30 SDA Career Development Pathway (CDP) points

2024 Course Dates:

We will run two courses this year on the following dates:

  • Round 1 – 8th April – 17 June 2024 (live webinar 12 June)
  • Round 2 – 2nd September to 11th November 2024 (live webinar 6 November)

Registrations for the next SNEC will be open from 15 July.

Please register your interest below or email if you have any questions regarding the course.



Register Interest for the Sports Nutrition Essentials Course