Should I Complete the SDA or DAA Course to become a Sports Dietitian?

So, you’re thinking of becoming a sports dietitian. You’ve done your research and want to get the ball rolling, but there’s one problem – you have no idea which course to enrol in. Luckily, there are a few options open to you depending on your specific goals, budget and needs.

To help you decide whether the SDA or DAA course is best for you, we’ve outlined what you need to know about each one…

Sports Dietitians Australia | Sports Nutrition Course | $1880.00

The SDA’s Sports Nutrition course is one of the most popular options for people looking to specialise in this area of dietetics. This course runs over just 4 days at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, making it a great way to increase your knowledge and speciality in a short time-frame. By the end, you will be a provisional or accredited sports dietitian, provided you meet all the criteria.


  • This is a short and intensive, 4-day course.
  • Run by a reputable dietetics organisation.
  • Access to information from esteemed industry professionals.
  • Can become an accredited sports dietitian


  • The course is only held in Melbourne.
  • Usually requires a minimum of 1 year clinical experience.
  • Course fee does not include textbooks.
  • Highly competitive application process.

Sports Nutrition Essentials | Dietitians Association of Australia | $599.00

Open to all dietitians, the Sports Nutrition Essentials course by the DAA is great for those professionals who want to learn the fundamentals of sports nutrition. The course is run entirely online and covers 4 core modules: fuelling, recovery, hydration and supplements. To pass this course, participants must complete all 4 modules and pass a knowledge assessment quiz.

It’s important to note that this course does not qualify participants as accredited sports dietitians. In order to be accredited, you must complete the SDA course as outlined above.


  • More affordable option.
  • Run entirely online, making it a convenient way to study.
  • Covers theoretical and practical approaches.
  • Open to all dietitians, with no minimum amount of experience required.


  • This course does not qualify you as an accredited sports dietitian.
  • Doesn’t offer comprehensive knowledge of sports dietetics.
  • Not as reputable as the SDA short-course option.

Which is right for you when looking at becoming a Sports Dietitian?

It’s important to know what you’re looking to gain from a course before you choose which one to enrol in. If you’re wanting to become an accredited sports dietitian, it’s important that you complete the SDA’s Sports Nutrition Course, as this will provide you with the qualification you need to specialise in this area.

However, if you don’t have the experience needed to apply for this course, or if you simply want to learn the fundamentals of sports nutrition to expand your knowledge, an option like the DAA course could be best for you.

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