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    I'm recently debating the idea of becoming either certified or to get a bachelor's. The problem is I work full time on tugboats. Work one week on one week off. So a few questions would be maybe a cert would be quicker? Also what could you do with a cert? Seems that most states and mine included need you to have a bachelor's degree in nutrition. So what the heck would a cert do? Seems kinda pointless....
    Anybody that could she'd some light on this would be much appreciated.

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    I'm kinda in the same situation .... except I am not working at all at the moment. I've worked over 20 years in a career that has pretty much dried up in my area so I am sorta forced into career change. I have always wanted to be involved in the fitness/nutrition industry somehow. Figuring out how to get in is the hardest part as far as I can see. What cert do you get? Is a cert really going to get you anywhere? Go back to college and spend the time to get a degree? (I'm 43 so its been a long time since I was in college). Add all this to the fact that we are in a horrible economy now so finding any work is a challenge. So .... I don't really have any advice for you .... I would like to hear what others have to say in response to your post. Never give up is all I know .... that's whats keeping me going at this point.
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    If you want a cert check out Berardi. Only thin I would suggest is you checm with your local state laws. Some states require you be a RD in order to give nutrition advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudoJosh View Post
    If you want a cert check out Berardi. Only thin I would suggest is you checm with your local state laws. Some states require you be a RD in order to give nutrition advice
    I have this and would recommend it.

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    Depends on the state, every one is different. In general, you can usually take a course (even online) to be certified as a "nutritionist." While you'll definitely learn a lot and will be able to start consulting, this doesn't have any weight as far as being accredited. For accreditation most states require you to get a bachelor's and become a Registered Dietician or Dietetic Technician, both of which vary by state as well. Do a search on each and decide if you want to go through all of the schooling and the required (usually 9 month) internship. Instead you could do an intensive course to become a nutritionist and, if you have any entrepreneurial skills, you could build a business around that.
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    I'm going to school to be an RD.

    Check your state laws and see what's required.

    Nutrition is a pretty complicated science so I honestly don't think you'd benefit much from a 6 month certification or anything.
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    Sry such a late reply. My state law requires a degree. So since that is the case here in ga. Couldn't I still use that for diet help? I mean most bodybuilders and personal trainers give diet consultation without a degree.... but I guess if that was the case I wouldn't really need a cert except only for a selling point to clients. Lol
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    Look into the issa master trainer program or they're exercise science associate degree program both of which can be completed online are accredited and include a course on fitness nutrition. Not to pricey either. Not saying its the best option out there but not a bad one. If I'm not mistaken nutrition is a doctorate program and that's 8 years of school (4 for your bs in chemistry, 2 for your ms in biochem and another 2 for your PhD)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Look into the issa master trainer program or they're exercise science associate degree program both of which can be completed online are accredited and include a course on fitness nutrition. Not to pricey either. Not saying its the best option out there but not a bad one. If I'm not mistaken nutrition is a doctorate program and that's 8 years of school (4 for your bs in chemistry, 2 for your ms in biochem and another 2 for your PhD)
    There's generally specific nutrition programs. The courses will include o chem, biochem, etc., but they're used to fulfill the curriculum for a BS in nutrition and/or food science.
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    Ahh good to know if I ever get around to getting back in school
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    almost graduated with my nutrition science degree, the school i am going through cant certify me as an RD but im not sure i really want to be one anyway
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