Precision Nutrition Level 1 Review 2023 - Worth Your Time?

Hello and welcome to the PTPioneer ultimate review of the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification.

Following this article, you will know whether this is the nutrition certificate suited for you!

The article will cover these topics:

The content coverage of essential nutrition information in the realm of nutrition
Required certification exam and recertification information
Comparisons with other nutrition and health certifications

Now let’s look into the Precision Nutrition Company and Level 1 Certification!

Quick Breakdown: PN Level 1 Certification

7.3out of 10

Nutritional Science7
Behavior Change Strategies6
Nutritional Coaching9
  • A lot of essential nutrition science that builds on PT cert foundations
  • Future classes like Level 2 cert add on and continue coaching careers well
  • Option to be purchased through ISSA with CPT
  • ProCoach software can be very beneficial starting out
  • The organization only offers nutrition certs
  • A limited sign-up window for programs, only starts two times per year
  • Pricey compared to competing nutrition certifications, other nutrition certs cost less and offer nearly the same experience.
  • Not accredited

Precision Nutrition Information

Precision Nutrition Information
9/10 Our Score
  • Exam cost: $999
  • Study material cost: $99/month for 12 months
  • Prerequisites: High School Diploma, CPR/AED
  • Exam pass rate: 70%
  • Average completion time: 2-6 months
Precision Nutrition Coach Review

Precision Nutrition Certification Review (YouTube)

Here is an older video that I did a few years back. Check this out if you prefer to digest your information with a video.

Make sure to check this page for the most up-to-date information.

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Precision Nutrition Certification Review (Podcast)

Here is the same audio from the video review, but check this out if you prefer to just hear the audio.

What is Precision Nutrition?

Precision Nutrition was started in 2005 with the idea to help clients live a fit and healthy life. 

The company was founded by Dr. John Berardi and Phil Caravaggio. They have now expanded to have many renowned fitness experts, health professionals, and all-star athletes.

It is the largest and most respected private nutrition organization in the world. They only offer classes in nutrition, not other realms of fitness. 

They currently offer level 1 and level 2 nutrition certifications. The first focuses on nutrition more so, and the second focuses more on coaching aspects.

The company is also well-known for its coaching software, ProCoach. This helps fitness professionals to deliver quality programs to their clients.  They have a solid coaching network.

Let’s look specifically at their Level 1 program to see what it is all about.

Precision Nutrition Level 1 General Info

The Level 1 Nutrition Certification course is a proven system of coaching and nutrition with support from some big names in the fitness and wellness realm.

This program is a science-based approach to coaching and nutrition. The program’s structure is great at giving the learner the essential nutrition concepts in a quick way.

One of the main benefits that Precision Nutrition pushes is the ability to coach as you learn. The information is presented in a way where you can begin effectively applying the concepts to your current coaching practice.

The materials aim to progress in that way to grow your coaching business as you integrate what you learn. You will become a certified nutritionist after achieving this cert.

Precision Nutrition gets its research and methodology from Ph.D.-level resources and essentially gives a university-level program at a small fraction of that cost. 

This is enforced by the fact that this course can count as college credit and take the place of a 3-hour course if presented to a university. This speaks to the quality of the information in the certification.

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The nutrition course is delivered online, with text in physical form, with a great community to interact among. It is a wonderful professional community and collaboration platform. 

The Level 1 Certification is not accredited by the government, which is one of the main negatives. This is mostly due to the exam process for this certification. It is a bit easy compared to the rest of the industry. 

Normally the most valued certifications would be accredited by the NCCA, but in the case of precision nutrition, they do not have this. 

This cert from precision nutrition costs $999, and it can’t be found for any cheaper. That is a bit expensive compared to other nutrition certifications, so it could be a big barrier for some people. 

Precision Nutrition ProCoach

ProCoach software

The ProCoach client management software is a solid system to help coach clients while being integrated perfectly with the teachings of Precision Nutrition.

The app works by managing the clients with a user-friendly UI that makes tracking simple. It has automated features that make it even more convenient and efficient. 

A coach using this application will boost their productivity and the number of clients they could care for. 

The software is costly after the trial, though. It is $99 a month for up to 20 clients and then changes after that number of clients. This is rather steep, but it is extremely effective at what it does.

Let’s now look into the course content coverage.

Precision Nutrition Level 1 Content Coverage

precision nutrition study materials

The study materials included in the purchase of Precision Nutrition will be the textbook, split into 3, to be exact, and the accompanying online portal for test-taking and other quizzes and knowledge checks. 

Currently, the text is on its 4th edition, being recently revised from the ground up. In total, there are 20 chapters in the textbook. 

The text is broken up into three units, and each unit is a book. And then there is a study guide and workbook that comes with it.

Precision Nutrition also offers easy access to nearly all of the documents you might need as a nutrition coach. You can begin using these as soon as you find them in your program.

The assessment of your learning throughout your studies will come from three things: the workbook/study guide, the case studies, and the chapter exams. It is a pretty standard and efficient way to ensure the learner understands new information. 

Let’s break down the study materials and look at three main aspects: Nutritional Science, Behavior Change Strategies, and Nutrition coaching.

Nutritional Science

Nutritional Science usually serves as the foundation and start to a nutrition program, and in this cert, it is not. Nutritional Science will be the second unit textbook.

Within this section will be chapters 6 – 14. Here are the titles for those:

  • Chapter 6: Introduction to Nutritional Science
  • Chapter 7: Systems and Cells
  • Chapter 8: Through the GI Tract
  • Chapter 9: Energy transformation and Metabolism
  • Chapter 10: Energy Balance
  • Chapter 11: Macronutrients
  • Chapter 12: Micronutrients and Whole Foods
  • Chapter 13: Water and Fluid Balance
  • Chapter 14: Stress, Recovery, and Sleep

This is the bulk of what people believe they will learn with a nutrition certification, but it is not the strongest aspect of this cert. 

The certification starts differently from most. They introduce digestion and the bodily systems before the macronutrients and micronutrients.

Compared to other nutrition certifications, like ACE or NASM, the nutritional science aspects are lacking in detail. 

It would be nice to see more focus put into the specific nutrients. For example, one chapter per macronutrient is not too much to ask for, as these are quite complicated concepts. 

They aren’t covered quite to the detail of competing organizations that charge less for their study programs. So, that aspect is a bit more of an upset.

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The program does include and link to outside articles for assistance on each of the chapters. These are mostly the free articles already available to the public via the precision nutrition website. 

So, it is an odd choice to have some of the taught information already available through their website for free. Especially when it is the science of nutrition.

Behavior Change Strategies

There is no dedicated section to behavior change strategies, but it is present throughout the certification study program. 

The only main chapter dedicated to behavior change coaching would be Chapter 4: Helping People Change.

The Precision nutrition approach relies on our action creating change through 5 step formula for goal setting. 

Goals are required to be strategic, segmental, sequential, simple, and supported. The ideas for realistic goals are set up as a partnership between the client and the coach. That makes the goals more relevant and personal to the client. 

The textbook also goes through many examples and deep-dives into realistic scenarios between clients and their coaches. 

This definitely gives a great piece of text to the professional for them to reference as they are training clients. 

Then the concepts come back throughout the third unit textbook, where they bring everything together to talk about the actual nutrition coaching. 

I would say that the actual behavior change concepts are the weakest of the three aspects of this certification. 

It would be nice to include a deeper dive into psychological concepts and ideas on why people act the way they do. I feel other certifications like ACE or NASM hit the nail on the head when they go into this aspect.

Nutritional Coaching

The Nutritional Coaching sections come in the third unit of the textbooks. These concepts are represented throughout these chapters:

  • Chapter 15: Coaching in Practice
  • Chapter 16: Working With Level 1 Clients
  • Chapter 17: Working With Level 2 Clients
  • Chapter 18: Working With Level 3 Clients
  • Chapter 19: Special Scenarios
  • Chapter 20: Business 101

The Coaching In Practice chapter starts the section off running with videos and applications for everything learned prior. 

This certification does an excellent job of introducing clients’ ideas at varying levels, which means they need individualization of their programs. 

This is so beneficial for clientele, as this can be a major problem with fitness and wellness coaching. Frequently, coaches get lazy or simply think that programs are universally beneficial for everyone. 

The basic concepts of the precision nutrition coaching process are: Assess, Guess, Try, Measure, and Repeat.

So, again you can tell this will emphasize the idea of constantly testing and assessing clients, which can be very underutilized in practice. 

I find that these concepts teach excellent nutritional coaching ideas, but they will make anyone a better coach in whatever field they may be in. 

The textbook has clients placed in the categories of 1 – 3, with 1 being the majority of people and 3 being the highly restrictive and more advanced people.

It is helpful to have this idea of applying different techniques dependant on the level of intensity of the dietary choices and where someone already is in their general health. 

And then, the incredibly well-done section ends with special scenarios and business tips for the coaches. I’d say without a doubt that coaching in this textbook is the strongest part. 

The good thing about coaching being the strongest part of this text is that it may make everyone a better coach. This is helpful for one main reason, as this certification is often looked at as a specialization for personal trainers to add to their abilities. 

This certification is bound to give even the best trainers some kind of advice to further their coaching abilities. 

It is also good to note that the Precision Nutrition Level 2 certification from precision nutrition actually focuses on being a coaching specialization. It doesn’t focus on nutrition too much, as everything is already taught here in Level 1.

That wraps up the major concepts that the book teaches for nutrition coaching; let’s next look at the certification exam from precision nutrition.

PN Level 1 Certification Exam

The Precision nutrition Test

The certification exam for Precision Nutrition Level 1 is quite a bit different than most other organizations. 

Instead of a final certification exam, they instead rely on 20 short exams with 10 questions each. This means one test for each chapter.

The questions are delivered in a multiple choice and true or false system. All of this is done through the online part of the program, and as you finish each chapter, you will generally take these singular tests. 

As you complete one chapter, you unlock the materials for the next. This is a good way of keeping you on track as you study and not skipping ahead when you are not ready. 

To pass, you would need a total of 150 out of 200, which would be 75% answered correctly. 

If you do not receive 150 out of 200 questions answered correctly, then you will be expected to answer them all in a final exam format, with five retakes possible. 

It is easily possible to get this program completed and aced with that many retakes.

It is virtually impossible to fail the examination process.

Review Methodology

This PTpioneer Precision Nutrition review is based on my expert opinion and these criteria:

  • Gathered opinions of successful personal trainers and nutrition coaches within the health and fitness industry
  • Comparisons between other top specializations and certifications to verify quality and pricing
  • The usual information coming from new trainers that have passed the PN Level 1 certification exam
  • Many other specializations, certs, and entry-level fitness programs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The Precision Nutrition Certification is good but not the best nutrition coaching certification in the industry. 

It is a tad too high of a price for the materials and name attached to it. But, if you were to purchase the bundle with the ISSA certification, this increases the value ten-fold. 

I would give this certification a 7.3 out of 10 in total.

This Level 1 nutrition certification is good, but I believe there are better options out there for future fitness and wellness coaches.

Tyler Read

Tyler Read, BSc, CPT. Tyler holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University and is a certified personal trainer (CPT) with NASM (National Academy of sports medicine), and has over 15 years of experience working as a personal trainer. He is a published author of running start, and a frequent contributing author on Healthline and Eat this, not that.

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45 thoughts on “Precision Nutrition Level 1 Review 2023 – Worth Your Time?”

  1. PTPioneer User

    NASM CNC does come now in monthly increments of pay system.

    ISSA is the same course as PN Level 1 so would it make more sense to take ISSA and be accredited or go with PN? The teaching style/learning style is the only deciding factor for me as PN has John Berardi directly and he is very good at what he does, while ISSA is accredited but only has the textbook and not necessarily the same videos.

    I’m trying to decide between ISSA, NASM, PN, AFPA and possinly NESTA, but nesta seems like it’s too lightweight.

    For continuing education add-ons…NASM also has the Weight Loss Management Specialist…would that be a good add-on for CNC or would something else from ISSA or AFPA be more worthwhile after CNC. The gyms in my area are a joke so I plan to specialize in nutrition/Coaching mostly.

    1. PTPioneer User

      I am in the process of making the same decision. I am deciding between ISSA and NASM. Which one did you pick and why?

      1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

        Hello, I have done both personally. If you think that the precision level one is right for you, but you don’t want to wait for an opening, I would definitely choose ISSA. You also get a free personal training certification as well for the same price as the NASM CNC alone. That being said, the CNC is also a fantastic certification and you will definitely learn a lot from this one as well. I hope this helped.

        1. PTPioneer User

          Hey Tyler, Thanks for the informative info. But when I click the ISSA link, it shows that the combo for nutrition and training is now $999? Can you confirm the 799 price still includes the personal training certification? I can’t seem to find that info.

          1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

            Hey Kimberly,
            Currently they do have the nutritionist certification as well as their personal training certification for $799 on the top drop-down bar on their website. That thus the deal that’s going on the second but you can also find their elite trainer certification as well that cost currently $996. These deals change week to week so it’s hard to make my site static enough and up-to-date with the deals but I try my best. Here is the link to the ISSA Elite certification page.

  2. PTPioneer User
    Lauren Smithson

    What is the salary for a PN nutrition coach? Is it based off the amount of clients you have? Do they help you get clients? Could you work with PN full time or would the hours vary? Thanks!

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Lauren,
      Although precision nutrition has advice on how to obtain new clients and how to be successful on the business side of things, it is really up to the nutrition coach to go out there and get their own clients in the end. I hope this helps answer your question.

  3. PTPioneer User

    I’m actually looking to do training in nutrition so I can write and edit on these topics and be more knowledgeable in the subject matter – I’m not necessarily looking to be coach. Thoughts on what will give me a sound foundation?

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Hilary,
      The precision new certification is a fantastic certification just to gain general knowledge. And in the future if you want to start coaching as well you can totally get into that also. To be honest though, the information you get from the international sports sciences Association nutritionist certification is the same as you will get from here. Also they have it available year round and for a cheaper price. Just my two cents.

      1. PTPioneer User

        Hello Tyler! I’m in the same mindset as Hilary here, I am looking to further my knowledge but not quite commit to a bachelor’s degree. I thrive on learning more about a plant-based diet but am keen to learn about all things food – of course. The reasoning is to benefit my own health, my family’s health, and to share on my blog to help my followers with actual real science backed knowledge.
        Would your answer remain the same as above with Hilary in your recommendation?

          1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

            ISSA Is a fantastic certification as well. In fact they use the textbook that was created by the owner of precision nutrition. So overall, there information is very similar to one another.

        1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

          hello Lacey,
          yes I still have the same recommendation for you as well. Which nutrition certification are you leaning towards? Also, I am also currently on a plant-based diet and then feeling fantastic.

  4. PTPioneer User

    HI Tyler,

    I have certs of personal trainer and basic human nutrition. Although my clients are mainly asian, yet, I would like expend my business online and be an online coach, is PN will a good choice or you prefer NASM/ISSA? I have basic knowledge of Nutrition and experience of being a personal trainer, but I don’t have any online coaching experience and I would like to know more about sport nutrition. Which one you suggest I should go for?

    Thank you so much for answering my questions!

  5. PTPioneer User

    I’m also looking into a nutrition certificate and wondering if anyone can give me a comparison between the PN1 and AFPA Holistic Nutrition cert. Thanks

    1. PTPioneer User

      Hey Tyler, I m from India and my question is which one is should go for? NASM CNC Or Ace nutrition specialist. I m INFS certified nutrition expert but want to explore more and knee to expand my knowledge in this field. Also my question is how holistic nutrition certifications are different from NASM & ACE nutrition programs. Could you please help me to decide? I know ace nutrition requires one of the certs which are accredited which I don’t have and nasm doesn’t require this. Also nasm cost in India is 2times more than the cost in UK. So please help me with a good suggestion.

      1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

        This is a great question and is very specific depending on which country you are in. I will definitely contact the National Academy of sports medicine and the American Council on exercise to ask this specific question. I’m sorry I could not be of more help. Good luck with your nutrition coaching career.

  6. PTPioneer User

    Hi Tyler,
    You mentioned you get an actual “Cetification” through ISSA, are you considered accreditied if you complete the PN program. I read something, it may have even been on your review of PT programs which was very helpful that mentioned you needed to be a Registered Dietitian to provide nutrition advice and that laws may vary by state.

    Appreciate all the great info!

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hello Rodney,
      yes to answer your first question, you do get a certification through ISSA. Precision nutrition and the international sports sciences Association to have a connection with one another.I believe that if you get ISSA certified, you only need to pay a small fee in order to have access to take the exam in be certified by PN as well. On to your next question. You cannot diagnose and prescribe a diet to people that medical conditions with any of these certifications. But in terms of giving nutrition advice for general health benefits such as losing weight, gaining muscle etc. that is what these certifications are meant for and is completely within the law.

  7. PTPioneer User

    I already completed Health Coaching Certification through IIN—
    I’m interested in furthering my nutrition knowledge and coaching skills. PN comes up a lot in the discussion forums I’m in. Curious about your thoughts on which direction to go in.

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Rachael,
      Precision nutrition is definitely a great certification. I only have two gripes about it overall. The first one is that the only open enrollment twice a year and the price. That’s why I typically recommend the nutrition certification from the international sports sciences Association because they use the same textbook that was written by the owner of precision nutrition. A lot of the curriculum is the same. You can also pick it up for about half the price in some occasions.

  8. PTPioneer User

    Hello thanks for the post
    I am just new to the fitness industry I started gym just for building muscle and weight loss I go this ad from PN and I applied for it to gain basic knowledge after reading your article I am having doubts about the program please advise me for a program which is good for me as a beginner. Also can coach others in future.

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      The certification from Precision Nutrition is definitely a legitimate nutrition certification. The only reason I say to go or let’s say ISSA instead of Precision Nutrition is because the price difference is pretty significant and the study materials and information you gain from it or relatively the same.

  9. PTPioneer User

    Dear Tyler,

    I find your reviews very helpful. However, I still have a dilemma.
    I would like to switch my career in health, wellness nutrition and fitness way too (no experience/background on this -BCs psychology, masters HR management)

    I would appreciate your help in a sense of giving me your opinion about some courses out there that can be completed (I have no formal nutrition education?

    I am considering

    Precision Nutrition

    and any thoughts you have about this when taking in consideration my goals (below).

    Maybe this will help if I write my goal with it because those distinction between being a personal trainer (in the gym) and a health coach are not clear to me.

    Goal: To be able to write meal plans, advice regarding nutrition and physical activity, well being and to be able to provide exercise plans too. (but NOT particularly to be a personal trainer like those in the gyms, more like to work on my own, like a consultant on healthy lifestyle, nutrition and to be able to give some fitness advice).

    Thank you!

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hello, new land I will definitely help you out with this decision. Overall I think that the NASM nutrition certification is the one to go with right now because it is the most current and new certification in the industry. Also, the Precision Nutrition certification is only offering enrollment twice a year which can be difficult. In regards to the difference between personal training and health coaching, personal training just deals with the physical aspect of exercising whereas Health coaching takes on a more broad approach. Includes exercise, nutrition as well as habit formation advise.

  10. PTPioneer User

    Hi Tyler,
    First of all thanks a lot for all your reviews which helped me narrowing my research on the nutrition certification I was looking for.
    My background is that I have 2 uni Master’s degree in Physical therapy and in Motor Sciences (Phys. Ed.) and I’ve been working for more than 10 years now as a physical therapist in a professional soccer club in Europe as well as a physical therapist and personal trainer in my own practice.
    To help me with this practice, I would like to develop my business with the nutrition certification and get new clients. I would be between NASM and PN. From what I read from your posts, NASM would focus more on the theoretical aspect of nutrition and goes deeper than PN but on the other side, it doesn’t help you much with the business part and it would probably be quite hard to develop that part on my own. On the other hand, PN is a bit more basic knowledge (at least for the level 1) but focuses more on the business aspect of the client relation which would make it easier for me in the beginning but I’m scared to be stuck in the PN system.
    Could you tell me your thoughts about this dilemma and give me a direction which for you would make more sense?
    Thanks for all your answers,

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey there,
      both certifications or excellent if you are looking for a very well-recognized nutrition certification. Honestly, they have a lot of information that is the same so I would not worry about going for one over the other. Both in terms of getting hired as well as the pure informational value that you received from either one. If you want to take your nutrition game to the next level, Precision Nutrition has more than one level. But he National Academy of sports medicine has the cheaper overall certification in if you are only looking to get the first base level of nutrition which is sufficient for most people in health and wellness, this is the option I would go. Good luck with your nutrition coaching career.

  11. PTPioneer User

    Hi Tyler,
    hope you are well !
    Loved your response on each and every query 🙂

    After reading all the comments I do see an inclination from you towards NASM over PN. Any specific reason for the inclination, apart from the fact that PN opens enrollments just twice a year?

    My main agenda is to gain good knowledge about nutrition science and come out as a more confident nutritionist along with a good online coaching business.

    The content of both PN 1 and NASM is almost the same right? I’d be happy if you threw some light on this.
    And does PN 2 have any competitors?

    My inclination has been towards PN for the following reasons –
    -they have a PN2 cert for more scope in the nutrition industry
    -software that they provide for management
    -platform to grow business
    -a strong nit community of professionals
    – and I’ve assumed that all of these certificates more or less provide for the same content.

    Please guide me through this since id be starting with the course immediately after your response.

    Thank you !

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Absolutely, those are fantastic points you made on Precision Nutrition. It’s a fantastic certification I cannot argue that. I usually base my recommendations on a price per value type of idea. The Precision Nutrition is $1,000 whereas the National Academy of sports medicine can be purchased often around the 600 to $700 range. But I do agree, you get a lot of information on growing your business from Precision Nutrition that you don’t get from NASM. I think both are fantastic and if you have the money you can definitely go with Precision Nutrition and you will not be disappointed.

  12. PTPioneer User

    Hi Tyler. Thank you for all the information. I am still confused though between NASM and ISSA. I am a RN and a Lifestyle Coach by the National Diabetes Prevention Program CDC. I am looking to Coach and help people on the Nutrition portion and include some Physical Training so that it is nutrition and exercise resulting in weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Both of them have fantastic nutrition certification programs. It sounds like you already have a good amount of information about that though. Either nutrition coach program will work just fine. Also, the Precision Nutrition coach certification is also fantastic.

  13. PTPioneer User

    Hi Tyler,
    I am currently a fitness coach with certified licenses with Tacfit with coaching experience for more than 5 years.

    1. My major wish is that I can assimilate my fitness experience and nutritional part together to benefit the trainee under me.
    2. Weight loss will be one of the major consideration.
    3. I also look forward to the masterclasses if available unlike PN only offered part 1.
    4. The cost can be below 1000 will be ideal
    5. Community coach is not my concern
    6. Online teaching at my own pace is very important as I am a working professional during the daytime.

    Question is whether PN, ISSA and NASM offer a better outlook?

    Thank and warmest regards


    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Hey Peter, if your goal is around $1,000 I would check out Precision Nutrition because you are also planning to work online that seems. They have a great software program that is weaved into their system which helps work with people online.

  14. PTPioneer User
    Charis Haschig

    I am an ACE CPT and Health Coach. I have been doing Personal Training for many years now but have also gone through many moves that have forced me to train and gain clients and new facilities every few years.
    I am looking in PN knowing I love their content but also I want to know that the investment will be worth it.
    Do you believe that PN is a good choice if I am looking to do online coaching/branch into more online content? Is it possible that there would be nutrition coaching jobs along with training jobs in a facility? I have yet to see many gyms/clubs really offer utilize mich in the area of nutritional coaching.
    I just want to invest in something that will help my in my career going forward.

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      I think that Precision Nutrition is definitely a good option especially if you are trying to get into the online space. They do have special tools to help work with people online and I think that their software is very legitimate. Not say that you can’t do it with other nutrition certifications, you definitely can.

  15. PTPioneer User

    Hi Tyler,

    Thank you for all the valuable information! I am still in dilemma though, what I am looking for is something more deep in the nutritional side, I have a BSc in Biological Sciences, A lot of the scientific information may be basic for someone like me which is okay but I am more interested in developing the business (coaching) aspect. I am attracted to the PN because of the platform and exposure however when it comes to price difference, is it really worth going for PN only to get access to the platform?
    My second question is about the international recognition of the certifications, which one has more weight internationally? I am from Oman and I need to be certified by an international recognized organization in order to register as a certified nutrition coach.
    My third question, I have come across ISSA certification in nutrition only for $799, (Master the science and psychology of nutrition coaching), Is this a deeper into nutrition course or does it cover same material covered in the Elite Trainer certification (the sports nutrition part)?

    Thank you so much

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Both certifications cover the same level of nutrition knowledge. I definitely agree, Precision Nutrition is expensive. That’s why I typically suggest people go with the international sports Sciences Association because you can get multiple certifications for around the same price. I hope this helps.

  16. PTPioneer User

    Hi Tyler,
    I’m a CPT with a background in college sports and competitive bodybuilding looking to better understand the science of nutrition as well as other types of diet approaches (i.e. plant based) so I can work with a wider variety of clients. I’ve thoroughly read your reviews on the different nutrition certs and I’ve narrowed it down to PN and ISSA. While price isn’t an issue, the testing/requirements for recertifiction are sticking points. ISSA’s test is much longer but doesn’t require a retest after two years, just 2 CEU’s and a small fee. PN on the other hand, requires a retest. Since the material seems to be very similar, I’m just looking for the more time efficient one as well as avoiding what will become more of a hassle to maintain down the road (like having to refresh on all the course material for a retest every two years). I’d also be lying if adding some letters to my name didn’t seem more appealing haha.
    Thanks for all the info you put out, it’s been a huge help!

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      Thanks for the in depth comment. Both nutrition certifications are excellent choices. If you want to pair the nutrition certification with something else like a personal training certification, strength and conditioning certification excetera, I would definitely go with the ISSA as you can basically get three certifications for the same price as Precision Nutrition. Besides that, both are are fantastic starting points for nutrition. Good luck with your nutrition career.

  17. PTPioneer User

    Hi Tyler, I’m a newbie and want to take up a certification as I’m a Diabetic but I have been without medicine for 5 yrs due to diet control and managed to normalize my sugar level based on my research on no processed plant based food. I have had great body transformation and i want to educate the rest on how to improve but I need a cert to credit myself.So which one should I go for and also comparing PN and ISSA I know ISSA is the value for the buck but I keep focusing on the PN Procoach which looks like a fantastic app which ISSA doesnt have to help me kick start. So what would you suggest me to do.Thank You.

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      The application is definitely one of the most attractive things about Precision Nutrition. Although the nutritionist certification does not come with a application, it is also a good option. Also, if you were looking to bundle it together with maybe a personal training certification or a strength-and-conditioning certification, ISSA would be the way to go.

  18. PTPioneer User

    HI Tyler, I’m wondering between PN and ISSA , ISSA is the obvious choice in terms of package and price but PN has a great App Procoach. So does ISSA also have an app or I will be able to do fine without it and just get the ISSA cert. pls advice.Thanks.

    1. Tyler Read - Certified Personal Trainer with PTPioneer

      ISSA and Precision Nutrition have actually teamed up in a lot of ways. the issa nutritionist Is definitely a great deal if you are looking to bundle it with let’s a personal training certification or a group exercise certification. If you were just looking to get a nutrition certification though, Precision Nutrition is definitely one of the top choices. But you also can’t go wrong with a nutritionist certification

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