A nutrition & health coach certification like no other

Learn the science and application of holistic nutrition for health and performance, and effective health coaching for sustainable health change from leading experts, at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

Earn 20 CPD units from REPs (equivalent to 2 years registration requirement)

  • Learn how to apply evidence-based concepts of nutrition to support health and improve performance

  • Learn how to be an effective coach focussed on a client-centred process of health change

  • Progress into Clinical Nutrition with our Holistic & Performance Nutritionist training program (HPN2)

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Continuing Education

Become an accredited sports nutritionist

University level education

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) ensures that New Zealand qualifications are valued as credible and robust, both nationally and internationally.

NZQA has evaluated the Certified Holistic and Performance Nutrition Coach (Micro-credential) delivered by Holistic Performance Limited and has assessed it to be equivalent to 35 credits (350 notional learning hours) at Level 5 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)

Prospective Nutrition Coach students

please note:

Some previous knowledge is required for this course. If you do not have an undergraduate certificate, diploma, or degree AND have studied Anatomy & Physiology, we offer a bridging course (Certificate in Foundations of Health Science) to start your journey into nutrition & health coaching.

Payment options

A reduced one-off payment price or monthly installments. The choice is yours!

The Nutrition Coach Program Includes:


Proven experts in the science and application of nutrition and health coaching

Founder & CEO/Senior Lecturer

Dr Cliff Harvey

Cliff Harvey PhD, DipFit, DipNat, is a nutritionist, naturopath, author, life and purpose coach, and researcher.
In over two decades of practice, he has helped thousands of people to achieve their goals, from those who are chronically and acutely unwell, through to elite-level athletes, and ‘elite-attitude’ business people and entrepreneurs.
He is an active researcher and is known for performing foundational research on keto-flu, ketogenic supplements, and 'carbohydrate tolerance' between individuals.
Cliff is a best-selling author of several books and is a former world champion strength athlete and competitive submission wrestler.

Senior Lecturer [Research Methods & Strength/Body Composition Nutrition]

Dr Eric Helms

Eric Helms MSc, PhD, CSCS is a coach, athlete, author, and educator. He earned pro status as a natural bodybuilder with the PNBA in 2011 and competes with the IPF at international level events as an unequipped powerlifter. Eric has published multiple peer-reviewed articles in exercise science and nutrition journals and writes for commercial fitness publications. He is also a research fellow at Auckland University of Technology.

Members Support/Lecturer/Tutor [Health Science & Clinical Nutrition]

Ashley Greaves

Ashley Greaves BA, MSc, CNS is a licensed dietitian nutritionist in the US and holds a master's degree in clinical nutrition. Ashley is our member support guru and clinical nutrition specialist.

Associate Lecturer [Health Coaching]

Michelle Yandle

Michelle Yandle BEd, HPN1, is a certified Holistic and Performance Nutrition Coach, educator and entrepreneur. She has written books, inspired audiences around the world; regularly presented on television and radio, working with household name nutrition brands, and her health advice has been featured in the pages of a number of high profile publications. Initially trained as a school teacher, Michelle discovered the benefits of healthy eating based on traditional nutritional principles, and has built a new career through passionately and authentically sharing what she has learnt about ‘empowered eating.’ Michelle's nutrition company - Michelle Yandle Nutrition has helped hundreds of people regain their health without rules, strict exercise regiments or deprivation of any kind.

Marketing & Content Manager/Nutritionist

Bella Marinkovich

Bella Marinkovich DipNut is a clinical nutritionist and designer. Bella is the content and marketing manager for the Holistic Performance Institute.


  • What qualification will I receive?

    Successful graduates of this program will gain the HPN1 - Certified Holistic & Performance Nutrition Coach (Health Coach specialisation) qualification. Graduates will the be able to continue to the Holistic & Performance Nutritionist Certification (HPN2).
    Graduates of this Health Coach specialisation track will be able to work as Nutrition & Health Coaches.

  • What does this qualification allow me to do?

    This course allows you to become a 'Certified Holistic & Performance Nutrition Coach'.
    This means that you can prescribe nutrition plans for the support of health and support and improvement of performance.
    In addition, those choosing our Health Coaching track will also learn additional skills in the areas of behaviour change, health coaching methods, and various add-on modules on various aspects of evidence-based holistic health, while Sports Nutritionist track graduates can gain accreditation and insurance with the Sports Nutrition Association.

    Those wanting to learn more about treating disease and disorder with nutritional medicine can also progress (after completing this qualification) to our Clinical Nutrition training program (HPN2 - Certified Holistic & Performance Nutritionist).

  • Has this qualification been assessed by a government body?

    The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has evaluated the Certified Holistic and Performance Nutrition Coach (Micro-credential) delivered by Holistic Performance Limited and has assessed it to be equivalent to 35 credits (350 notional learning hours) at Level 5 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

  • What pre-requisites does the course have?

    To enter the HPN1 courses (Health Coach or Sports Nutritionist tracks) you must have completed an undergraduate certificate, diploma or degree and have at least completed a paper in Anatomy & Physiology. Most personal training courses are also eligible for entry. If you do not hold these entry qualifications you can complete our bridging course (the Certificate in Foundations of Nutrition Science) before moving into HPN1.

  • I'm already a nutritionist/dietitian/medical doctor - would I benefit from this program?

    Although many nutrition and dietetics programs are very thorough in terms of either basic or clinical nutrition, they often don't specifically address the most current aspects of nutrition, are not holistic AND evidence-based, and most are lacking in 'Carbohydrate Appropriate' diet concepts like ketogenic diets, low-carbohydrate, and high-fat and high-protein nutrition. They also may lack in providing the 'real world' skills to actually be effective in practice.
    In addition, you can choose to work as a Health Coach or Sports Nutritionist depending on which track you choose.

  • Can I earn continuing education credits?

    the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), the New Zealand Clinical Association (CNA), and other organisations recognise HPI courses for continuing education credits.

  • How long does the program take?

    This program is designed to be completed in less than 12 months by working professionals. (Approximately 350 hrs)

Do you need financial assistance?

Payment options and support available

We believe in democratising education and offer discounted fees for people from qualifying low-income countries, community-services card-holders, along with low-cost education finance through our finance partner.