Course Enrolment, Structure and Assessment
Do I have to do the courses in any particular order?
Although there is a logical progression through the courses, starting with Weight Management Essentials, you can complete courses in any order. You can start with any of the four courses because each one covers a distinct aspect of weight management. If you are really passionate about nutrition, then begin with Nutrition for Fat Loss.
Can I enrol in just one course?
Yes, you can enrol in any one of the courses that interest you. For example, if you've been looking for a short course on nutrition, the Nutrition for Fat Loss Course is an ideal way to cover this topic. Combine this course with other courses to obtain either the SmartShape Certificate in Nutrition Coaching (add the Weight Loss Coaching Course) or the SmartShape Certificate in Weight Management (complete all four SmartShape courses).
Are there any prerequisites for study?
No, you do not need to have any prior training to be able to enrol in SmartShape courses. Our courses are designed for everyone because we want to see more people really understanding how weight management works and help others.
is there any pre-course reading or homework?
No, all the information and reading you will need will be provided in the resources materials. Due to the unique information you will receive you are not expected to be an expert when you start.
What materials do I receive?
For all courses you will receive a copy of every power point slide (presented 2 per page A4) in a bound course book as your Course Notes. You also receive a printed copy of your course assessment materials (exam and case study). You also receive online access to all the course eSeminars and weblinks to references and resources. Plus, as a bonus you also receive access to Matt O'Neill's personal Evernote Notebooks for each course you enrol in. These provide you will weekly updated news and links that Matt is tagging and saving.
Why study online versus the face to face?
You get the best of Matt O'Neill, like watching him at a dynamic seminar but being able to switch him off as you like. With online learning you can fit viewing sessions in around your lifestyle.
Learning online also has the advantage of links to key references and websites, more material and extended access to the course. This means you can go back over the material as often as you like.
And because SmartShape courses are viewable on any device where you have an internet connection, you can watch the eSeminars on your laptop, iPhone, iPad or Android device.
How fast can I get access to an online course?
Quickly! Once you have enrolled you will receive all your access codes by the end of the next business day to get online and start learning. We will send you your bound notes and assessment documents in the mail next business day too.
How long do I have access to the online materials?
Your access codes will allow access for three months from the date of activation, when we process your enrolment.
What if I need more time to complete my course?
You can purchase a course extension for only $25 per month to extend your course access beyond three months and for as long as you need. We will email you a reminder 2 weeks before your course access is due to expire.
How am I assessed and how much homework is there?
The assessment is for those who wish to receive Fitness Australia CECs and/or obtain the SmartShape Certificate in Nutrition Coaching or Certificate in Weight Management.
The assessment requirements for each course are:
• The submission of course activity sheets.
• Written course exam and written case study report for a mock client.
And for the Weight Loss Coaching Course, you also need to complete:
• A phone counselling/role play assessment with Matt O'Neill (Tele-Interview Assessment).
What study support is available?
Support with study and course content or information is available by email or phone.
How long does it take to complete each course?
The online course duration varies, with around 8-12 hours of presentations per course. Some people really get into the courses and only take a dedicated weekend to complete, which is useful if you need CEC points quickly. Allocating a couple of hours a week suits most people, which has you complete in around 4 weeks.
How long do I have to finish the online course?
You have up to three months to finish your online course which is the period your online access codes are active for.
How long do I have to finish the assessment for a single course?
You have 3-months access to the online course and 12-months to complete your course assessment from the date access is provided. If you need to extend your course online access, you can purchase an extension of 1-month for $25. You can extend for as many months as you wish to purchase.
If you don't complete and return your assessment within 12-months, you will need to purchase at least one month's access ($25) to the course again and may be required to complete new assessment materials if the course has been updated.
How long do I have to finish either the SmartShape Certificate in Nutrition Coaching or Certificate in Weight Management?
Currently there is no time limit, however our suggestion is within twelve months.
What does each course and certification cost?
The full price for each of the four courses that make up the certifications cost $AUD375 (inc, GST). The total cost of all completing the SmartShape Certificate in Nutrition Coaching is $750 and the SmartShape Certificate in Weight Management is $AUD1,500.
These fees represent great value, especially when compared to more expensive education and certifications that are not even able to provide you with a qualification.
When do I need to pay?
All payments for courses and certifications, are required before you can commence with online access.
How can I pay for the courses?
You have four payment options:
• Via credit card on internet.
• Via credit card over the phone.
• Fax in the downloadable enrolment form.
• Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Please request bank details.
Is there a discount if I pay for all four courses at once?
The courses represent great value for money, so there is no discount for paying for all four courses at once. You only need pay as you go, so we do not require a large upfront payment.
When will I receive enrolment confirmation?
If you enrol over the phone we will confirm your enrolment then. If you enrol over the internet or by fax/mail we will send you an email by the next business day with your online course access to confirm enrolment.
When will I receive a tax invoice receipt?
Tax invoice receipts for online courses are posted with your course materials.
Qualifications and Accreditation
Who are the courses recognised by?
SmartShape courses are recognised by Fitness Australia and provide Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Registered Fitness Professionals. This means that the material you learn falls within your scope of practice and you can confidently use the knowledge and skills with your clients.
What qualification will I receive?
There is a lot of confusion about what you can "get qualified" to say about nutrition. It's important that you don't end up with an expensive 'qualification' costing thousands of dollars that doesn't actually approve you to do what you think it does or you've been told.
It's also important to know the professional scope within which you should provide nutrition advice to clients. The general rules we have provided below do not just apply to SmartShape Certifications, but also to any nutrition short course, certification and even more expensive diplomas.
Despite what you may hear from course providers, it is inappropriate and you would not be approved or qualified to do the following, even at a diploma level:
For Fitness professionals, the
- Design a daily or weekly menu plan with specific foods, other than that which is available through government guidelines.
- Nutritional assessment to determine individual nutritional needs and nutritional status and to recommend nutritional intake.
- Provide advice to clients to avoid a specific food group.
- Provide specific dietary advice for adults with chronic disease.
- Provide advice to clients regarding food allergies or intolerances, other than the referral to a General Practitioner or Accredited Practising Dietitian.
- Medical nutrition therapy.
- Promote yourself as a 'Nutritionist' or a 'Dietitian'