10 year Job Growth
$47,424 - $61,460
Avg. Starting Salary1
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MedCerts Program for CNC Certification

Issuing Authority National Academy of Sports Medicine

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine has trained over 1.4 million professionals in fitness and wellness. They are National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA) accredited and have over one thousand health club partners, and a network of industry leaders and influencers in 100 countries. The organization has its headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona.
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CNC Certification Detail

The certified nutrition coach (CNC) will be able to guide clients seeking to improve their body composition, athletic performance, and their health through carefully crafted nutrition coaching that takes age, culture, socioeconomic status, and more into account. This is a specialty certification that enables Personal Trainers to work with clients to develop strategies that address issues like obesity, body composition, aging, and lifestyle approaches to disease management.

After the completion of the HF-3012 course, students will take the CNC online final exam directly within the Learning Management System (LMS).  The test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. Test-takers are allowed to go back and reference the course while taking the exam. The exam is timed and cannot exceed 90 minutes. To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher and you have up to 3 attempts to pass.

There are no eligibility requirements for the CNC exam.

Renewal of the Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) is required every two years through completion of the CNC Renewal Exam. The CNC Renewal Exam will offer three exam attempts and will have an enrollment duration of 365 days. The CNC Renewal Exam will recertify the credential for another two years from the new completion date.

CNC Certification Skills Gained

  • Identify how culture, age, geographic region, and socioeconomic status influence dietary eating patterns.
  • Explain foundational principles of nutrition science, including metabolism, macronutrients, micronutrients, hydration, alcohol, and nutrient timing.
  • Describe healthy dietary patterns and explain the efficacy and appropriate, safe practices for the recommendation and use of supplements.
  • Empathize with clients and provide a nurturing environment to maximize client adherence to a nutrition coaching program.
  • Explain the mechanisms and science behind trending diets.
  • Develop customized, evidence-based nutrition programs for clientele.

CNC Career PathwaysAttainable Jobs

highest Paying

$47,424 - $61,460
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highest Paying

$46,354 - $78,936
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highest Paying

$37,959 - $47,612
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1All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

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