Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD)

Key Features:
  • Accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) in combination with the ‘BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science’ and ‘MSc/PG Dip in Personalised Nutrition’
  • Combination of ‘Attendance’ and ‘Distance Learning’ components
  • Available to study full-time (9 months) or part-time (1-3 years)
  • Combining the NTPD with either the BSc or MSc/PG Dip degree programmes a wider spectrum of career opportunities
  • Additional qualifications in ‘Dietary Education’ and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) can be gained as part of the combined programmes
Entry Requirements:

Students must be enrolled on one of the following courses:

Course Length & Study Options:

Two modes of study can be applied for:

  • Integrated: modules are taken at the same time as the BSc/MSc/PG Dip allowing you
    to combine theory with practice. Internal awards can be gained (eg. Dietary Educator Certificate)
    enabling you to commence work as you complete the courses, with potential income from your
  • Separated: modules are taken upon completion of BSc/MSc/PG Dip enabling you to
    focus solely on your degree studies and then consider afterwards whether you wish to practice
    as a nutritional therapist.

Integrated options are generally preferred enabling you to consolidate academic content alongside
clinical practice.

Additional Qualifications:

As part of combined degree programmes with CNELM’s NTPD you will also have the opportunity to gain the following additional awards:


Many people interested nutrition wish to practice clinically. The Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD) is a CNELM qualification which can be combined with one of the following degree programmes taught at CNELM as an accredited route to nutritional therapy practice. Please note the NTPD is not a standalone qualification:

CNELM is committed to the highest standards of training in Nutritional Therapy so that graduates are equipped to provide nutritional therapy services to individuals in a ‘safe’ and effective manner.

All routes we offer to nutritional therapy practice are accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC). Graduates will be able to demonstrate having met the Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards set for nutritional therapy, and will be eligible to apply to register with the professional body, BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy) and the regulatory body, the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council). Entrance to the register is the prerogative of BANT and the CNHC and not CNELM.

The CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma is taught across two modules

Module 1: Coaching in Nutritional Therapy Practice

This is a 17-day course underpinned by neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to help students develop necessary coaching skills to help individuals implement and sustain beneficial diet and lifestyle choices.

This module requires 17 days of mandatory attendance which are spread over 4-5 days blocks which most students attend at CNELM. Two or three options per year are normally available and some options incorporate weekends to accommodate those who may need to take time off work to attend.  This is a standalone course which can be taken at any time during the NTPD, and it can also be spread over more than one academic year.

The last two days of the module provide an opportunity for students to be verified by external assessors and, subject to meeting verification requirements, students are then eligible for the NLP Practitioner Certificate. Students who do not meet verification standards will not be eligible to receive the NLP Practitioner Certificate but can still pass the module by meeting internal assessment requirements. Students that meet verification standards for the ‘NLP Practitioner Certificate’ can apply to register with the Association for Neurolinguistic Programming ANLP.

Applicants living at a distance or overseas can request to take the NLP Practitioner course locally. CNELM’s Coaching Team will confirm whether the course meets our requirements. Students taking this option must complete our assessments for the module and are charged half the module fee. This is a standalone course and can be taken at any time during the NTPD.

Module 2: Personalised Nutritional Therapy Practice

This module is designed to support you to build up the skills to express full nutritional therapy practitioner outcomes. It incorporates dietary education, personalised nutrition interventions, clinical skills and training and business practice.  You will be supervised by qualified nutritional therapists and coach practitioners to develop these skills in a ‘safe’ environment. Multiple opportunities are provided in role-play and settings with clients to demonstrate clinical and professional competencies.

Students unable to attend classes at CNELM can access some lectures online and join live taught classes virtually and complete role-plays with peers and other practical exercises via online meetings, forums and other online platforms. Subject to meeting our requirements for ‘virtual’ supervision, our team of supervisors will be able to supervise your consultations from their location in the UK. Otherwise supervision takes place at CNELM in Wokingham.

Whether integrating the NTPD with a degree programme or taking after a degree programme, the minimum time-frame to complete the two modules is 9 months. It is best to allow 12 months for this part of the programme. Students studying part-time can complete this course over a longer period.


For further details on the CNELM Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma, including Entry Requirements, Course Outline and Fees, please refer to our 2015 Prospectus.


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CNELM is a collaborative partner of Middlesex University (MU). The undergraduate and postgraduate courses we teach are validated and quality assured by MU. You will receive an MU award on successful completion and be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at their campus.

The NTEC accredits courses for nutritional therapy. The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science and the MSc/PG Dip in Personalised Nutrition combined with CNELM’s Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma (NTPD) are accredited by NTEC.

The CNHC is the voluntary regulator for complementary therapists including Nutritional Therapists. Following successful completion of one of our accredited routes to nutritional therapy practice you will be eligible to apply to register with CNHC as a Nutritional Therapist.

BANT is a professional body for Nutritional Therapists that have completed NTEC accredited courses, or have demonstrated having met the NTEC Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards set by Skills for Health for nutritional therapy. Practitioner members of BANT are required to register with the CNHC.

The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) has accredited CNELM’s Dietary Educator Certificate. On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to register as a Dietary Educator with the FHT.

Students that meet verification standards for the ‘NLP Practitioner Certificate’ can apply to register with the Association for Neurolinguistic Programming ANLP.

NS3UK Ltd/ta CNELM has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making acceptable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Specific Course Designation.