Online Sports Nutrition Courses

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Program Overview

ICS Canada’s Sports Nutrition online Career Certificate courses can teach you the fundamentals of sports nutrition — from nutrient needs and hydration to supplement use and weight management. You learn at home on your own time, at a pace that’s right for you. And you can complete this program in just two months!

The Sports Nutrition Certificate Online Training Program teaches the skills that can help you to create and manage a regular diet for the best exercise performance. This program is approved for 7 continuing education units (CEUs) by the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), which can be applied toward recertification as a personal trainer. This program is also approved by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for 1.7 continuing education credits (CECs) toward recertification as an ACE fitness professional.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The program will prepare students to evaluate the nutrition of athletes and others in fitness settings and to offer suggestions to help meet their personal goals.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a nutritious diet, and recognize how sports nutrition affects athletes
  • Explain the body's energy systems, and describe how nutrition fuels these systems
  • Recognize the relationship between calories and energy, and identify the roles of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in diets
  • Identify the benefits of vitamins and minerals, and describe how athletes can optimize vitamins and minerals through diets and supplementation
  • Recognize how the body manages water and heat, and identify techniques for staying hydrated and training in various climates
  • Identify considerations for optimizing nutrient utilization, including glucose availability, proper protein and carbohydrate intake, various carb-loading techniques, and the timing of nutrient intake
  • Identify and discuss various supplements, such as performance, protein, herbal, and weight-loss supplements, and explain the regulations and risks associated with using supplements
  • Understand the relationship between body composition and sports performance, and describe various body composition assessment methods
  • Identify weight management issues, including techniques for proper weight loss and weight gain
    Analyze nutritional information on food labels, and calculate the target body weight of an athlete with a specific weight-loss goal

NTR015: Introduction to Sports Nutrition


Understanding the demands of sports; the differences between health, fitness, and performance; sport specificity and nutrition; optimizing performance; managing tissue health; relative factors of nutrition; individualized approaches to sports nutrition.

Fueling the Systems

Aerobic and anaerobic metabolism; the phosphagen system; glycolytic pathways; intensity-related activities; buffering; lactate clearance; glycogen depletion; onset of fatigue.

NTR016: Calories, Nutrients, and Water

Determining Caloric Needs

Energy demands in sports; indentifying individual carbohydrate requirements; types of protein; the role of protein in exercise metabolism; tension-based demands; considerations for high-protein intake; types of lipids; fat requirements for high-risk athletes.

Micronutrient Management

Water- and fat-soluble vitamins; antioxidants; macro- and micronutrients; chemical interactions; mineral deficiencies; the role of electrolytes.


Relative demand for water; factors that affect hydration; hyponatremia; interaction of water and minerals; balancing fluid intake and retention; monitoring fluid and mineral loss; the physiology of dehydration; consequences of inadequate intake.

NTR017: Nutrition and Supplements for Training

Nutrition for Optimal Training

Pre-activity energy consumption; the glycemic index; carbohydrate loading; metabolic considerations; gastric emptying and digestion; post-exercise refueling.

Ergogenic Aids

Legal issues and regulations regarding the use of supplements; professional responsibility; energy-yielding supplements; energy enhancers; mass enhancers; thermogenics and fat blockers; anabolic steroids and their side effects.

NTR018: Body Composition and Weight Management

Body Composition

Fat vs. fat-free mass; water and weight; methods of measurement; using body composition data; understanding the fat-endocrine relationship; dynamics of fat tissue; optimizing performance weight; the physics of mass and velocity.

Weight Management

Maintaining lean mass; the dynamics of energy balance; the role of resistance training and aerobic exercise; managing calories; types of training; cutting fat; avoiding catabolic behavior; common obstacles and pitfalls; troubleshooting performance decline; disordered eating.

Additional Material

Graded Project: Sports Nutrition

Practical exercise: Practical exercise designed to apply what you've learned about sports nutrition.

Note: The ICS Canada Sports Nutrition program is approved for 7 continuing education units by the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) toward recertification as a personal trainer. The NCSF requires the completion of 10 CEUs biannually to renew the CPT credential, which must include 2.0 CEUs of CPR training and 1.0 CEU of professional ethics.

This program is approved by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for 1.7 CECs toward recertification as an ACE fitness professional. Note that ACE requires the completion of 20 hours (2.0 CECs) of continuing education biannually.

ICS Canada currently partners with the NCSF to provide the Certified Personal Trainer career diploma program.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
A High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in this program.
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Sample Lesson

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Sports Nutrition Certificate Courses Details

In the ICS Canada Sports Nutrition Online Training Program you'll cover topics such as:

  • Caloric needs
  • Micronutrients
  • Metabolism
Online sports nutrition certificate

The Sports Nutrition Certificate teaches the skills that can help you create and manage a diet suited for the best exercise performance. Here are a few qualities that effective sports practitioners have in common:

  • Organized: Keep nutrition and exercise plans on schedule.
  • Healthy: You are conscious of healthy eating and living habits for yourself and your loved ones.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does ICS Canada’s Sports Nutrition Certificate Program qualify for any continuing education credits?

Yes. This program is approved for 7 continuing education units (CEUs) by the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), which can be applied toward recertification as a personal trainer, and by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for 1.7 continuing education credits (CECs) toward recertification as an ACE fitness professional. ACE requires the completion of 20 hours (2.0 CECs) of continuing education biannually.

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¹ The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience to improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.