Professional level certification in advanced functional nutrition and practical strategies for working with your clients.


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Online Functional Nutrition Certification

The Online Functional Nutrition Certification Program is a professional training program for health care practitioners and those with a passion for in-depth nutrition.

This program bridges the gap between theoretical information and clinical practice. We explore the root of disease and the foundations of health from an integrative evidence-based approach to healing, while considering the conventional medical approach our clients may have experienced. You will take an in-depth exploration into nutrition and lifestyle principles through the study of specific body systems, and therapeutic nutrition interventions.

This course is ideal for:

  • Nutritionist or health coach
  • Culinary Nutrition Expert
  • Dietitian
  • Naturopathic doctor
  • Medical doctor
  • Nurse or nurse practitioner
  • Chiropractor or physiotherapist
  • Personal trainer or fitness specialist

What This Program Covers

  • How to bridge the gap between the science of integrative therapies and the application of this science in you and your client’s life.
  • Take an in-depth look at the key body systems associated with imbalance.
  • How to restore health using therapeutic food, lifestyle, and nutraceutical interventions.
  • The latest evidence-based nutrition and functional medicine information and clinical application.

120+ Hours of Video Content

Practical Intake Forms, Sample Protocols, Slides

25+ Hours of Live Stream Q&A Sessions

And Additional Resources

Meet Your Instructor

My passion is in teaching- sharing my knowledge and experience to help those that seek my guidance be the most effective in their work as possible.

As a clinical nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner with a decade of experience, my relentless search for answers as to the origin of disease, and subsequently the implementation of healing protocols, has lead me to believe that continued education combined with experiential practice is what invites practitioners to be effective with their clients. I enjoy working with students and clients alike from an educational stand-point so that we understand the root cause and can determine the best up stream solution for total healing. My protocols are not just about telling my client what to do, but explaining why they’re doing it and how it works in their body.

I aim to empower students to dig deeper, understand both the research and how it applies in clinical practice to achieve optimal results with clients. Learn more.

Josh Gitalis

Curriculum (September 2023 Session)

The entire Functional Nutrition Certification Program is offered 100% online. Though content is released week-by-week, the structure of the program affords you the freedom to set your schedule to tune in when best suits you.

Dates: September 7 – October 4, 2023

This course explores how to effectively use food and supplements for healing. We go through an in-depth exploration of nutraceuticals including:

  • An understanding of why and how supplements are used
  • The potential benefits and limitations of nutraceuticals
  • Proper application of vitamins and minerals (dosages, forms, timing)
  • Advanced probiotic therapies: Which one to choose and when?
  • Basic herbal therapeutics
  • Effective use of medicinal mushrooms
  • Bee medicine
  • Drug-nutrient interactions
  • How to use foods, fruits, and superfoods therapeutically
  • Effective juice, smoothie and elixir prescription methods
  • Protocols for different systems (i.e. digestive, cardiovascular, endocrine)
  • How to choose the best supplements for individual needs.

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Dates: October 12 – November 8, 2023

Digestive dysfunction is the root cause of many health issues and it is often completely overlooked. Learning how to properly identify and treat digestive issues is one of the cornerstones of functional nutrition. This course outlines the “5 R’s”, a time-tested model that ensures restoration of digestive health.

Topics covered include:

  • Anatomy of the digestive tract
  • A detailed review of the digestive process
  • Treating specific conditions
  • The 5 R’s of digestive healing
  • Intestinal permeability
  • Autoimmune disease and the role of gut integrity
  • The human microbiome and how this impacts digestive health
  • Targeted interventions for specific common conditions
  • Hypochlorhydria and hyperchlorhydria
  • Healing diets
  • Therapeutic foods
  • Therapeutic supplementation
  • The mind-body connection

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Dates: November 16 – December 13, 2023

The body is a complex “chemical soup” of a variety of substances that communicate information about how our tissues should respond. Hormones are key players in this communication network. Their messages have profound impacts on our physiology and need to be in balance much like the instruments in a symphony need to be tuned. When our hormones are “out of tune”, symptoms and disease can ensue. In this course, we will examine how to identify a person’s hormonal imbalances, and how to bring the “symphony” of hormones back in tune.

Topics covered include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system
  • Major endocrine organs
  • The life of a hormone
  • The role of cholesterol in hormonal health
  • Insulin resistance
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Adrenal dysfunction
  • The 3 stages of adrenal fatigue
  • Thyroid dysfunction, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Sex hormones
  • Female hormone imbalances and associated conditions
  • Male hormone imbalances and associated conditions
  • Therapeutic diets, foods, lifestyle, and nutraceuticals

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Dates: January 4 – January 31, 2024

It is becoming well understood that chemicals have an impact on our health as a contributing factor to a myriad of common conditions including weight management, candida, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases and cancer. It is imperative to follow a two-pronged approach that includes identifying and avoiding/removing the source of chemicals alongside clearing the toxins that have settled in the body. The only way the clearing can effectively be achieved is with detoxification and biotransformation. In this course, we will examine how to identify a person’s total toxic load and how to effectively and most importantly, safely, clear toxins from the body.

Topics covered include:

  • History of toxicology
  • Sources of toxins: exogenous and endogenous
  • Clinical consequences of toxin exposure
  • Oxidative damage
  • Enzyme inhibition
  • Damage to DNA
  • Endocrine disruption
  • The 5 Channels of Elimination
  • Liver detoxification
  • Tests to assess liver detoxification
  • Lymphatic system
  • The detoxification diet
  • The role of phytochemicals
  • Therapeutic foods to promote detoxification
  • Therapeutic supplementation

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Dates: February 8 – March 6, 2024

One of the most neglected areas when it comes to health is the vitality of the brain and nervous system. But when we lose the faculties of the mind, we lose the faculties of life. This course explores the causes and treatments of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as common conditions such as depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and the like.

Topics covered include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the nervous system
  • Root causes of mental disorders: looking upstream
  • Addressing common neurological disorders
  • The methylation connection
  • Depression, anxiety and sleep disorders
  • Blood sugar control
  • The inflammatory connection
  • Targeted orthomolecular treatment
  • Therapeutic foods
  • Therapeutic nutraceuticals

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(Certified Practitioner and Advanced Certified Practitioner levels)
Dates: March 21 – April 17, 2024

Appropriate communication during intake

The certification program finishes with an in-depth course on how to put together progressive, easy-to-follow, fully referenced protocols. We go through the 7-step process of putting a comprehensive protocol together from start to finish. This course answers the question, “now that I have all of this knowledge, how do I present it to my client in a way that makes sense?”

Topics covered include:

  • Appropriate communication during intake
  • How to create the best intake questionnaire for your practice
  • Information gathering
  • Symptomatology review
  • Creating a follow-up protocol
  • Effective and efficient research skills and resource development
  • Dietary and lifestyle design
  • Designing templates for your practice/business use
  • Functional client handouts
  • The best supplement companies
  • Clinical pearls

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(Certified Practitioner and Advanced Certified Practitioner levels)
Date: April 24, 2024 at 12 pm EDT

Understanding blood work is not as complicated as we believe. We are all able, with minimal training, to read and understand the results of our tests.

In this course we will examine:

  • What is blood and what does it tell us about our health?
  • The function of blood in the body.
  • The role of epigenetics and how our lifestyle choices affect our genetics and health.
  • “Normal” versus “Optimal” ranges when reading blood work.
  • The importance of getting regular blood tests.
  • Common blood tests and what they mean.
  • Multiple case studies demonstrating the utility of blood work.

(Certified Practitioner and Advanced Certified Practitioner levels)
Date: May 1, 2024 at 12 pm EDT

Standard medical testing has been developed to detect end-stage diseases and disorders, and it is exceptional at doing this.

When a “subclinical” state of imbalance wants to be determined, standard medical testing falls short. That is where functional lab testing comes in. Functional tests look at dysfunction rather than pathology. Some examples are; comprehensive stool analysis, food sensitivity testing, fatty acids profile, iodine, and many more.

In this course we will examine:

  • Common functional tests used in practice.
  • The utility of these tests.
  • Benefits and limitations.
  • Case studies demonstrating their utility.

(Advanced Certified Practitioner level only)
Three Case Study Analysis Dates:
Case Study 1: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 12 pm EDT
Case Study 2: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 12 pm EDT
Case Study 3: Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 12 pm EDT

The Case Study Analysis offers small group coaching for students in the Advance Certified Practitioner level. In each of these live classes, I will present a different case study of clients that I’ve worked with and show you my process of working through each case.

Josh, you are such an amazing teacher! Your ability to clearly explain and simplify technical pieces is amazing. Working through your courses, I can always count on my questions being answered on the next slide!

Kathleen Mitchell, Certified Health Coach

I appreciate your analogies and how clear and concise you make complex topics very user friendly!

Brenda Bernardin, B.Sc. Nutrition

I've taken a number of online courses and Josh's courses surpass them in knowledge, delivery and supported documentation. His course provided up-to-date information that I can use with my current clients and workshop topics. Thank you for providing excellent information.

Brenda Watt, Certified Holistic Nutritionist

Josh is almost like a perfectionist whose teaching skills reflect in the Classroom. Even though I’m a pharmacist and have attended various continuing education lessons, I found Josh’s lectures to be amazingly simply and extremely interesting.

Shagufta Karimi, Pharmacist

Registration Includes:

  • Over 120 hours of video-based content
  • Over 24 hours of Live Q&A Clinic hours with Josh
  • Transcripts and Audio files for all classes
  • Slides for all courses
  • Course notebooks/notes
  • Access to student Facebook group
  • 2-years of unlimited access
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Practice tools (questionnaires, forms, handouts, etc.)

Choose The Level That’s Right For You

This program is offered at three different levels based on the depth of practice you are interested in.

HonoraryCertified PractitionerAdvanced Certified Practitioner
Therapeutic Nutrition and Supplements
Advanced Clinical Focus: Digestion and GI Health
Advanced Clinical Focus: Hormones and Endocrinology
Advanced Clinical Focus: Detoxification and Biotransformation
Advanced Clinical Focus: Neurology and Mental Health
Applied Nutrition In Clinical Practice
Blood Work Workshop
Functional Lab Testing Workshop
Digital copy of the Blood Test Workbook
Certification Exam
3 Case Study Analysis Sessions (Small group coaching)
Client protocol consulting: 2 hrs of one-to-one mentorship with Josh
8 Done-For-You Unbranded Protocol Guides with Monographs
Plan your path one-on-one session
Full transcripts of all pre-recorded classes
Full audio-files of all pre-recorded classes

Our Graduates Represent 45 Different Countries

Students around the world


The course is designed for people wanting to bridge the gap between the theoretical information and the clinical. Participants will develop proficiency in “connecting the dots”, determining root causes of illnesses, and making recommendations based on that.

You will earn a certificate as a Certified Functional Nutrition Coach (CFNC). For practitioners, this is a continuing education certification, to improve their skills as a clinician. It is not a stand-alone accredited program. Most organizations will accept the courses for continuing education credits.

Any lab testing you would recommend to your clients would need to be done within your current scope of practice.

We already have a growing community on our student Facebook group.

Each course has an open book exam. There is no final exam for the whole program. The honorary level has no testing.

For our September session, the program runs from September to May. For our January session, the program runs from January to December with a break in the summer. There are about 3 hours of course content per week.

Yes! If you’ve taken any of the courses offered, we will discount your FNC program purchase for the amount of the course(s) you’ve already taken. We do charge a $25 admin fee for each course credit applied. Please email us at to set this up.

Yes, we offer 3 month and 6 month payment plans for the Honorary, Certified Practitioner and Advance Certified Practitioner levels.

All courses come with downloadable course materials and pre-recorded videos that you can view at your own pace, 24/7. Live streams are recorded so that if you are unable to make the session, you can review the material on your own time.

Now an approved CEC provider for the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition (CAIN) and the Health Coach Alliance (HCA)

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