How to become a nutritional therapist
You can get into this job through a university course.
You'll improve your employment prospects if you get a qualification that is recognised by one of the professional organisations for nutritional therapy.
The Nutritional Therapy Education Commission accredits courses in nutritional therapy at undergraduate degree, postgraduate diploma and master's level.
When choosing a course, make sure that you:
- understand if the course is online, face-to face or a mix of the two
- find out how much clinical experience you’ll get on the course
- check your course has a good reputation
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
- you could join an accredited register managed by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) or the Federation of Holistic Therapists
Many nutritional therapists are self-employed.
When you start, you might need to work longer hours to get more clients and build up your reputation.
You may find it useful to train in related types of therapy to increase the number of clients that you see.
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