Supporting the Wider Workforce
A wide range of individuals with different skills and professional backgrounds provide nutrition advice to the public. This wider nutrition workforce has a key role to play in improving public health and everyone within it should be competent and confident in their ability to deliver evidence-based nutrition information.
The wider workforce includes anyone who offers nutrition advice at:
- Levels 1 & 2 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework e.g. catering assistants, waiting staff, walk leaders, dance leader, exercise instructors, sous chefs.
- Levels 3 & 4 of the Public Health Skills and Careers Framework or Qualifications and Credit Framework e.g. community food workers, nutrition assistants, health trainers, nursery nurses, personal trainers, head chefs, gym managers and hoteliers.
- Level 5+ on the Qualifications and Credit Framework e.g. GPs, midwives, podiatrists, practice nurses and pharmacists.
High quality training is crucial to raising standards of nutrition delivery for the safety of the public. So, AfN has drawn on its established expertise and benchmark standards of the Workforce Competence Model in Nutrition (AfN 2012) to develop AfN Course Certification and in 2016 expanded this to training targeted towards those in fitness, leisure or catering.
AfN Certification is awarded to the course and not to the individual completing these.
Certification is awarded to courses that meet the competency requirements for their specified sector/level as a quality mark to enable students/employers to identify reputable, evidence-based courses.
Completion of an AfN Certified Course does not make an individual an AfN/UKVRN certified nutritionist/nutrition assistant/diet advisor etc. nor eligible for UKVRN registration as either a Registered Associate Nutritionist or Registered Nutritionist.
Please click here for details of AfN Accredited Degree Programmes from which graduates are eligible for direct entry to the UKVRN as a Registered Associate Nutritionist.
Please note: Completion of an AfN Certified Course does not result in an individual being eligible to enter onto a nutrition science degree - please see each universities entry requirements for what A-Levels (or equivalent) are required.