Qualifications, Awards, Accreditations & 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?’

Nutrition & Health Coaching

BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Professional Nutrition & Health Coaching.

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Progression to NT

Nutritional Therapy

Crossfields Institute Level 6 Diploma in Nutritional Science and Therapeutics.

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Progression to MSc Award

*This is a self-regulated programme developed with Pearson. SRF’s are not formally regulated by Ofqual

Need more information about qualification levels? Download Qualifications can Cross Boundaries PDF – A guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland.


Global recognition and respect for BTEC awards means that our BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Professional Nutrition & Health Coaching 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.

  • Pearson/Edexcel Edexcel, formally known as Pearson Edexcel – London Examinations, is a multinational education and examination body owned by Pearson. Edexcel regulates school examinations under the British Curriculum and offers qualifications for schools on the international and regional scale. Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and workplaces in the UK and abroad. It is also recognised internationally.
  • BTEC BTEC stands for the Business and Technology Education Council. BTECs are specialist work-related qualifications. They combine practical learning with subject and theory content. Chosen by over 1 million learners every year, BTEC offers a range of professional qualifications for anyone taking their first steps into the world of work, progressing through their careers, or planning to enter university.
  • PCI – The Personalised Care Institute is a virtual organisation, accountable for setting the standards for evidence-based training in personalised care in England.
  • CMA – Students and Graduates are eligible to apply for CMA Membership as they have demonstrated their commitment to excellence by choosing to train with IINH.
  • Crossfields Institute Crossfields Institute is an education charity and an awarding organisation based in the UK. The organisation is regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) who regulate qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. All awarding organisations including larger ones such as City and Guilds are regulated by Ofqual.
  • FNTP (The Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners) is the largest and fastest growing professional organisation for practitioners of Nutritional Therapy in Europe.
  • CNELM The Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM) is a renowned Centre of Excellence in higher education, providing high quality and cutting-edge undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in nutritional science and personalised nutrition. IINH Nutritional Therapy graduates may progress to the online BSc programme at CNELM to continue their education.
  • Balens Insurance Broker Balens is 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.
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