Congratulations on completing the Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching. You are now an IHS Certified Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach and we are pleased to welcome you to the fast-growing community. Each and every one of you were put through your paces to meet our high standards, but that means we know you will be a fantastic Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach.
All of us at IHS want to wish you the best of luck with your endeavours, and we hope this is not the end of your journey with us.
This page is to provide you with a few things that you might be interested as a newly Certified Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach.
Graduation Ceremony 2021, Dublin
Save your place for the Graduation Ceremony!
Due to uncertainty with covid-19 we have decided to postpone the planned October 2020 ceremony. We are committed to ensuring the maximum number of students and their family members can attend.
Please register to be among the first to know when we set the date!
IHS have worked hard as a team to give you the best possible start as an NLC and will continue to support you in your career. Potential NLC students have a growing number of colleges to choose from of varying standards and really appreciate testimonials to help them make their decision. If you enjoyed the course at IHS and appreciated the support you received whilst studying with us we would really appreciate you taking a few minutes now to let potential students know
The IHS Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Network
We always love hearing from our graduates. If ever you just want to pick up the phone or drop us an email to let us know how you’re doing, or to ask a quick question, you are always welcome. If you’d like us to keep you updated, there are a couple of ways you can do that.
We have set up an IHS NLC Graduate Network Facebook group. This is a place for IHS graduates to share ideas, collaborate and build their network. IHS staff actively engage and are posting daily with food-for-thought, whether it be tips for your business, industry trends or just something for a bit of fun. We will be adding updates from IHS about new courses or events coming up, plus discount codes.
You may already be receiving our Wellness Digest, our monthly newsletter full of book reviews, recipes, graduate reviews and other great information each month. Now you are an IHS Certified Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach you can join our newsletter especially for graduates.
Of course, we still have our usual social media channels that we keep up to date with our news and upcoming courses. While your starting your own Social Media Plan, you might want to share our posts as relevant content (don’t forget to add your own thoughts and show your expertise).
Let us Promote You
Once you are established, please send on your business contact details. We love promoting our graduates!
The handiest way to update us is to fill in this form, which will prompt you with all the key information we need. If you know what you want to say already, you can just email email@example.com, or contact us through social media.
We promote graduates through our website, on social media, in our newsletter. Our newsletter alone reaches over 2,000 people interested in health and wellbeing.
A new thing we’re working on is to promote our graduates in eBooks we are putting together for prospective students, or just for people who come to our website because they are interested in health. We are always working on a new eBook, so if you want to stand-out with an outstanding recipe and your picture and business details next to it, please submit a recipe.
Beyond Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching
The opportunities with IHS do not end with Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching. We get many enquiries from current students and graduates regarding what IHS can offer in terms of progression courses. The nature of the health and wellness industry is that life-long learning and continuous professional development are essential to keep up to date with the latest research.
Obviously, the details of these courses are on our website, but we have listened to our current and past students and developed additional information about these courses that is tailored to how they complement and progress your skills as a Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach.
We put all this information together on Moodle where you can be guided through the information. There is also a forum where you can ask questions or look at questions other graduates have asked. Or, you can check out our latest webinar which outlines options and next steps.
The world of nutrition and lifestyle is always changing, and there is always more to learn.
To help our past students grow their knowledge we have a list of short courses that we continuously grow. These range from general interest to specifics like stress management or personalised sports nutrition.
You can register at learn.instituteofhealthsciences.com, with no obligation to sign up to any courses.
Telling People About Your Qualification
A question we get a lot from our graduates is what can they “officially” call themselves. We recommend our graduates call themselves Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaches (or IHS Certified Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach when you want to be official).
You can also use the letters Dip NLC IHS after your name to express your qualification.
We always recommend you check regulation within your own country as there are often terms that can be regulated, for example the term Dietitian is regulated in many countries and linked to specific qualification.
We find that people who are looking for help in the area of nutrition and lifestyle, like to know about their potential practitioner’s qualification. Here are some things you might like to let people know:
- The IHS Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching academically regulated and industry recognised. The material is externally scrutinised by Crossfields Institute.
- Tell them how you are keeping up-to-date with new research and material.
- People often look to cross-reference your qualification, and LinkedIn is a good place to do this. Include yourself in the IHS Alumni, edit your profile and add education. Search for Institute of Health Sciences as the school.
- Add a link to IHS on your webpage or facebook page – show your potential clients you worked hard for your qualification.
Are you ready to Practice?
Your certificate has arrived, you’ve done the module and now….?! Some students feel a little overwhelmed so we have tried to break down those first few steps.
Decide and Register your Trading Name
Its fine to trade as your own name, but that should be a conscious decision. Any trading name you decide on you need to check if it is available with the Company’s Office (or equivalent) in your country.
Before you start on anything, you need to be sure you have insurance.
Get the Practitioners Tool-Kit
We gave you the forms throughout the course, so don’t forget to use them!