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WHAT IS VITALISM?
The Functional Nutrition Course includes 12 modules, each with four lessons, designed to be completed within 12 months. The course is self-paced which allows you to complete the course sooner, or within the maximum two year period.
HOW WAS THE COURSE CREATED?
This course was created at the request of Cyndi O’Meara’s community, after years of reviewing other nutrition courses available. With the expertise of Dr Stephen Myers, the Functional Nutrition Course is based on Cyndi’s vitalistic philosophy.
HOW LONG IS THE COURSE?
The Functional Nutrition Course includes 12 modules, each with four lessons, designed to be completed within 12 months. The course is self-paced which allows you to complete the course sooner, or within the maximum two year period.
DO YOU NEED ANY PREVIOUS NUTRITION EXPERIENCE TO DO THE COURSE? OR IS THIS COURSE TAILORED FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS?
No previous nutrition experience is required, we will give you all of the tools to get you started. Having said that though, the course is also tailored for health professionals, and we have an interesting mix of students with different backgrounds. We have provided challenging readings in each module for health professionals, and we have received excellent feedback from those within the course.
DO I RECEIVE HARD COPIES OF THE COURSE MATERIAL?
No, you will be given a secure login to access the Education Portal, which will give you access to the Functional Nutrition Course, and any future courses you choose to undertake. The course is entirely conducted online, which means you need a computer/laptop or tablet/smart phone with internet access.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED IN THIS COURSE?

Learning is an individual pursuit. Moreover, the way an individual learns can vary widely. Accordingly, there is no formal assessment in this course. This is because many of the assignments are designed to make you critically think about some specific topic area or to take action on a specific topic.

Following the submission of your assignments you will be given constructive feedback by one of our qualified assessors. This form of feedback is important in order to help you think more critically about your work, and at same time, helping you to engage and enhance your learning capacity.

WILL THERE BE SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE COURSE?

Of course! You have administrative support at the Functional Nutrition Academy team during business hours (AEST).

We provide monthly webinars with either Cyndi O’Meara or another expert in the field. These are mostly live webinars so you can type your questions and have them answered by the speaker on the night.

Within the Education Portal we have a forum where we encourage students to post course related questions to start discussions with other students. From time to time, coordinators and students may post a series of questions to allow the group to interact and think beyond the course material. Students also have the option to start a discussion introducing themselves to their peers.

We also have a private Facebook group for students, which we have found is a great support for students. Here, students can pose non-course related questions, and also start networking with students within their local communities.

The course content includes a mix of lesson reading, additional readings and videos. As we work through the course, if it is identified that further clarification is required on particular topics, then additional videos may be provided by either Cyndi O’Meara or Dr Steve Myers.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO SIGN UP TO ONE SPECIFIC MODULE WITHIN THE COURSE?
No, we do not provide access to the modules separately as the information is interlinked. You need to study the whole course to get a thorough understanding of the course content.
IS THE FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION COURSE ACCREDITED?

The Functional Nutrition Course is accredited through the International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC). IARC accreditation means that the course has been specifically assessed against the IARC quality criteria in the areas of course delivery, assessment, content and administration. In general terms, accreditation gives students satisfaction that a framework for excellence in education exists.

However, the Functional Nutrition Course is not an Australian VET accredited course. At this stage Functional Nutrition Academy has decided against accrediting the course through this avenue.

WHAT WILL I RECEIVE WHEN I COMPLETE THE FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION COURSE?

Once you have completed the Functional Nutrition Course you will receive a Certificate of Completion, signed by Cyndi O’Meara.

We will also provide you with the Functional Nutrition graduate logo that you may utilise on your website, marketing material and business cards.

CAN I REGISTER WITH THE DAA OR NSA FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE?
No, as this course is not nationally accredited, you will not be able to register with either the DAA or NSA.
WOULD I BE ALLOWED TO HAVE INFLUENCE IN THE COMMUNITY I.E IN THE SCHOOL CANTEEN IF I AM NOT ABIDING BY THE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS OF LOW FAT HIGH CARB ETC?
Great question! Cyndi was an active parent at her children’s school for 17 years and didn’t manage to change the tuck shop, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t! It’s not easy, usually you are fighting against other mothers, not the school. So educate the mothers at the school and then you might find as a team you can make small changers in the tuck shop. It will depend often who the tuck shop convenor is; as to whether you get to make change. We will talk about approaches that can be made during Module 13, the Weekend with Cyndi. This is a hot topic for many parents.
CAN I ATTEND MODULE 13 BEFORE I FINISH THE COURSE? I WILL ONLY BE PART WAY THROUGH THE COURSE AT THE TIME OF THE WEEKEND WITH CYNDI, AND DO NOT WANT TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR TO ATTEND.
Yes you certainly can! We have found that most of the students that have attended the Weekend with Cyndi haven’t completed the course. This was very beneficial to their learning and inspired them to get back in to their study, so certainly come along if you can! However, if you would prefer to continue with the course that is okay too, and you can come along to Module 13 the following year once you have completed the course.
WILL THERE BE ONGOING ASSISTANCE POST COURSE? A WEBPAGE THAT LISTS THE MENTORS?

Yes, we will be providing a support network for the Functional Nutrition graduates.

You can find a list of the graduated Functional Nutrition Consultants who have listed businesses here.

DOES THE FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION ACADEMY HOST ANY LIVE EVENTS OR TRAINING FOR EDUCATION?

Yes! Each year we will be hosting Module 13, which is a ‘Weekend with Cyndi’ on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. This event is provided for free, and includes business ideas as well as study tips. This is a great opportunity to meet and network with other students, and we will also host a graduation ceremony to celebrate those students who have finished the course.

Each year we will be offering further education opportunities, with yearly seminars and also post graduate courses offered. This year, the seminar was held in Melbourne in July, and you will find details of next years’ event on the website soon.

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