We don’t need you to have any prior qualifications in science, nutrition, health or medicine. But we are looking for people with a passion for natural health and a real desire to help people with their health. When you submit your application you will also need to demonstrate that you can work hard, usually by having previous qualifications and job experience in another field. Alternatively, we will take your life experience into account, so if you do not have a formal CV or Resumé, please attach a letter to your application, telling us as much about you as possible.
Age limits for applicants
We have a lower age limit of 21. If you are younger than this but keen to do our course, we recommend that you take some other health- or science-related courses first, or gain some work or voluntary experience in a health-related field such as caring for the disabled.
There is no upper age limit for applicants. Mature applicants often make good practitioners, as they have more life experience.
Not sure if you have what it takes?
If you’re not sure whether the course is right for you, here are some questions from the first student monthly assignment. See if you can answer them – use Google to help you. Answers at foot of page.
1. Name three common diseases where researchers have found a link with a vitamin or mineral deficiency
2. List three food habits which researchers have found can decrease the risk of developing cancers
3. Describe two effects of protein deficiency
4. What is a disaccharide? Give an example
5. What job does insulin do?
6. What substance produced in the stomach starts off protein digestion and stimulates the next stages of digestion?
7. Describe three important health-related facts about magnesium
1. Many diseases are linked with deficiencies. Three that have been frequently researched include spina bifida, diabetes, osteoporosis.
2. Consuming more fruit and vegetables, consuming broccoli regularly, red meat no more than twice a week.
3. Water retention, reduction of growth in children
4. A carbohydrate consisting of two simple sugars bound together. Sucrose is the most frequently consumed disaccharide.
5. Insulin is a hormone that enables cells in the liver, muscle, and fat tissue to take up glucose from the blood, allowing it to be used as an energy source by the liver and muscles.
6. Hydrochloric acid
7. Two of the best sources of magnesium are whole grains and leafy greens. Magnesium is needed for muscle relaxation. Magnesium is depleted by stress and by diuretic drinks such as tea, coffee and alcohol.