Qualifications, Awards, Accreditations
and Recognitions.

How to choose the best nutrition course?

Understanding the ‘external’ value of a nutrition course can get very confusing, so it may help to cut through all the dense jargon with a practical question:

‘Are IINH qualifications recognised and accepted by official awarding bodies, professional organisations, employers and universities?’

Awarding Bodies and Professional Organisations

The Irish Institute of Nutrition & Health and our programmes have been rigorously inspected, audited and/or approved by:

  • QQI, Level 6 Irish award Nutrition and Health.
  • Pearson assures our:
  • BTEC Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Health Coaching qualification
  • Pearson Assured Crossfields Institute Diploma in Nutritional Science and Therapeutics (Nutritional Therapy).
  • The International Therapy Education Council for the optional ITEC Diet & Nutrition award to supplement the BTEC Advanced Diploma.
  • Crossfields Institute, for the Nutritional Therapy Diploma (see above).
  • Nutritional Therapists of Ireland, the professional body in Ireland for Nutritional Therapy. Only graduates with qualifications satisfying the curriculum and practice standards set by the UK Nutritional Therapy Council may join NTOI. 30 hours of CPD must be completed annually to renew membership.
  • The Federation of Holistic Therapists. This is the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland. FHT operates a Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
  • The Complementary Medicine Association. This influential UK organisation provides a wealth of services and resources to course providers, practitioners, clients and the general public.
  • Balens, Balens,’ a specialist UK insurance broker with decades of experience serving complementary therapies and other healthcare professions, provides a block scheme offering graduates specially designed cover at very reasonable rates.


Global recognition and respect for BTEC awards means that our Advanced Diploma opens doors to our Nutrition & Health Coaches across the business world and public sector organisations.

Our Nutritional Therapy (NT) qualification continues to set the standard in Ireland for this dynamic and rapidly expanding profession. While some IINH graduates choose to work independently, others are employed in healthcare settings, as well as teaching, training, the health foods industry and the media, among others.

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There is a defined pathway for our NT graduates to fast-track to a BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Science. This is delivered by the respected College of Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management, our collaborating college in the UK (cnelm.co.uk), and validated by Middlesex University. The substantial learning credits earned on the NT programme allow the BSc to be completed (mainly) online with 2 or 3 years part-time study. NT graduates with a previous science degree may progress directly to CNELM’s MSc in Personalised Nutrition.

Our NT graduates have also been accepted on other nutrition related MSc programmes in Ireland, UK and Australia.