Frequently Asked Questions

What is it?

The ISSN Graduate Diploma is an internationally recognised post graduate level professional program for current and aspiring performance nutritionists with a focus on applying the science to practice.

How long does it take?

The ISSN Graduate Diploma course normally takes students 12-14 months on a part-time basis and typically requires around 6-8 hours a week of study (those with less specific education in nutrition science may take a little longer to get through the material). It is also possible to progress through the course faster, and in rare cases, may be completed in as little 6-8 months (if undertaken more or less full time).

Is it full-time or part-time?

The ISSN Graduate Diploma Course is part-time and has been designed to be flexible enough to accommodate students in full-time work or with other commitments.

Do I need existing qualifications to be eligible to apply?

Yes, you will need to have a relevant university degree (i.e. sport science or nutrition) or accredited professional certifications (i.e. personal training, nutrition coaching etc). This is a postgraduate level course and this requires relevant underpinning knowledge in knowledge domains such as exercise science and basic nutrition from accredited sources.

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Is this an Attendance (in UK) or Online / Distance Learning Course?

The ISSN Graduate Diploma Course has been designed primarily to be undertaken online using our special learning environment with downloadable lecture videos, electronic format reading materials and online interactions with fellow students and tutors. Live lectures are also held in London and/or Birmingham throughout the year, which students have the option to attend and interact directly with the lecturers. These lectures are all filmed and added to the online resources, so attendance is not mandatory to achieve the ISSN Graduate Diploma.

What qualification will I get?

If successful in the final examination, you will earn both the Guru Performance Institute’s ISSN Graduate Diploma, and the CISSN (Certified Sports Nutritionist) certification from the ISSN.

Will it be internationally recognised?

Yes, it is internationally recognised and accredited by the ISSN (International Society of Sports Nutrition) as well as many leading professional bodies and academic institutions in related fields (with more UK and international accreditations currently being sought).

What is the CISSN?

The CISSN is an international certification by the ISSN (International Society of Sports Nutrition) that recognizes you as a Certified Sports Nutritionist. Taking the ISSN Graduate Diploma course enables eligibility (for those without degrees) and prepares candidates to excel in the CISSN certification exam.

How important is it?

The ISSN Graduate Diploma is the only graduate level applied focussed professional practice qualification of its kind; the course is a well-respected educational programme aimed at developing highly educated and skilled sports and exercise nutrition professionals.

Is the CISSN the same as the ISSN Graduate Diploma?

No, whilst undertaking the ISSN Graduate Diploma Course will include preparing students to take the CISSN exam – the ISSN Graduate Diploma Course is a comprehensive accredited postgraduate level professional education program that delivers well beyond the learning requirements for the CISSN exam, to include substantial applied based knowledge required to excel in practice.

How much does it cost?

The ISSN Graduate Diploma Course is available in two versions: Distance Learning (100% Online) OR Blended Learning (online + attendance at weekend lectures in London and/or Birmingham, UK):

You can opt to pay in full or pay by instalments. Please visit the fees page for detailed information.

How do I pay?

The ISSN Graduate Diploma course can be paid for in full up front, or via monthly instalments. Please refer to the fees page for more information.

Once your application has been approved you will receive information on how to pay by bank transfer, direct debit, debit/credit card, pay online or pay by phone.