NASM Nutrition Certification Review



The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is one of the most respected professional organizations in the industry. Many personal trainers will earn their NASM-CPT designation (CPT = Certified Personal Trainer) because of the top-notch reputation of the NASM. It is so well-known that some gyms will only accept trainers who are certified through NASM.

In addition to the personal trainer certifications, the NASM offers the Fitness Nutrition Specialization (FNS) program with instruction in the fundamentals of nutrition science and how this information applies to weight loss and performance.

You will study time-tested, scientifically-valid nutrition and weight-loss information, and then you’ll be able to teach your clients about proper nutrition and how to make healthier choices in their lives.

Course Content

The FNS course teaches the fundamentals of nutrition science and how it applies to weight loss and performance. It provides in-depth material for studying nutrition and food science.

It does not provide instruction on how to be a good coach (change psychology, behavior change, etc.). There is not really a practical component; nothing to help with improving your hands-on, day-to-day coaching practice.

The course is offered online and includes:

  • Online Course
  • Exam
  • Quizzes
  • Client Handouts
  • Meal Prep Manual
  • eBook


The course materials + exam cost $499.

However, if you are already a nutrition expert, you can save a few dollars and get the exam-only option for $449.

(How does it compare to other nutrition certifications? Compare them here.)

The Exam

You can take the NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialization exam online, at home. The exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions that you must complete within a 90 minute time limit.

A passing score is anything above a 70%. If you fail the first time, you can retake the exam for free.

Continuing Education

By passing the Fitness Nutrition Specialization (FNS) exam, you will earn the following CEUs:

  • NASM (1.9)
  • ACE (2.0)
  • NSCA (2.0)

Best For

This NASM nutrition certification could be great in addition to your NASM-CPT. If you already have a certification from NASM and want to add another related credential to your resume, this is a fine choice. You’ll learn a lot about nutrition, and you can earn some continuing education credits at the same time.

But if you’re looking to become a better coach, this program doesn’t get into the practical matters of working with clients and ensuring their success.

How to Get Started

You can review more information about the program here.

Most people will begin by ordering the full course materials and the exam. If you are already a nutrition expert, you can save money by simply paying the examination fee.