IOPN Diploma: Accreditation

 

CFI (Crossfields Institute):

CFI is an Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) UK regulated awarding organisation. The IOPN is a CFI approved centre, uniquely delivering the IOPN Diploma in Sports Nutrition program leading to the OfQual-regulated award of: CFI Level 7 Diploma in Sports Nutrition: IOPN Accredited

 

What is a Level 7 Diploma?

A Level 7 Diploma is a format of formalised postgraduate learning in the United Kingdom at the masters degree level, but without an academic dissertation. Level 7 Diplomas are typically offered by independent institutes of higher education, such as the IOPN. The IOPN Diploma is a unique, fully accredited (globally recognised), 96 Credit bearing practice-focussed program (rather than a research focussed program such as an MSc / MRes degree typically offered by traditional universities), and is uniquely designed and delivered by the IOPN. The IOPN Diploma has been designed to focus on the specific vocational needs of a proficient sport and exercise nutrition practitioner looking to work in the “real world” workplace contexts that graduates will find themselves in. Many of our students enter our program already having a masters degree in a related field (nutrition, dietetics, physiotherapy, medicine, sport science etc), and are looking to add sport and exercise nutrition to their scope of practice. For our graduates looking to “top up” their IOPN Diploma to a Masters research degree (180 credits in total), we have a variety of University partners currently formalising pathways onto their masters degree programs for the 2023 academic year, and these “top up” options will soon be added to this website.

 

IOPN Diploma: Professional and Industry Recognition

 

American College of Sports Medicine Approved Provider

SENr (Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register):

The course content has been endorsed for CPD by the British Dietetic Association’s Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register, which is current up to the 25/04/2023. SENr endorsement applies only to the educational content of the learning activity. Completion of the diploma will not lead to automatic qualification or graduate registration onto the SENR register, but can be used as suitable evidence of learning to support a relevant application for SENr registration in which an IOPN Diploma graduate will be able to demonstrate their ability to meet many of the professional competencies outlined in the SENr Competency Framework for those that are eligible to apply. (Typically those with undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees in nutrition, dietetics, or sport and exercise science).

 

AfN (Association for Nutrition):

The course content has been endorsed under the AfN CPD endorsement scheme, which is current up to 02/02/2024. This means that it is considered to be appropriate CPD activity to further the professional knowledge and learning of AfN registrants, and as suitable evidence of learning to support a portfolio application for UKVRN registration as a sport and exercise nutrition specialist in those that are eligible to apply. (Typically those with undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees in nutrition, dietetics, or sport and exercise science).

 

SDA (Sports Dietitians Australia):

The course has been endorsed for CDP (50 Professional Development Points) to support suitably qualified sports dietitians toward accredited and advanced Sport Dietitian status. For context: An SDA Accredited Sports Dietitian requires a minimum of 100 CDP Professional Development points per three-year cycle and continued APD status.

 

ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine):

IOPN accredited as an approved education provider.

 

PINES (Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport):

Recognition of IOPN Diploma and eligibility for student and professional membership.