Become a Certified Keto Coach


Become a keto coach, improve your clients’ metabolic health, and guide them on their journey to a healthier, more energized life.

Study Online

Set your own study pace, schedule, and learning environment.

Lifetime Access

Explore the course and supplemental resources whenever you need a knowledge boost.

Expand your network

Join a community of like-minded health coaches and keto advocates. 

What You'll Receive

The Applied Ketogenic Diet Specialist Certification teaches you everything you need to know about the keto diet, including when and how to personalize this low-carb, high-fat approach to individual health goals. You’ll graduate with a solid foundation to help clients prevent or address chronic conditions, guiding them to success with highly precise dietary modifications.
  • Online course made up of 8 written chapters  
  • Grounded in research, each chapter helps you put keto knowledge into action, applying what you’ve learned in practical ways.
  • An ideal blend of theory and hands-on application
  • You’ll acquire not only a deep understanding of the science behind keto nutrition and living, but also the expertise to skillfully implement ketogenic principles.
  • Ready-made resources to share with clients
  • We’ve condensed key learnings— like the types of food to eat and avoid and how to monitor metabolic health — into convenient downloadable resources.






What You'll Learn

Keto brings many benefits, including improved body composition, athletic performance, and general wellness, as well as therapeutic applications. But it isn’t a one-size-fits-all diet.
You’ll learn how to tailor the approach for individual success, considering unique needs and managing potential ketogenic diet concerns.
  • Learn about the metabolic state of ketosis and how it’s different from using carbs for energy.
  • Understand why it’s important to switch between burning fats and carbs for fuel — and how to help your clients do so safely.
  • Know what foods are good (and not so good) for your clients and guide them to affordable, high-quality options.
  • Become adept at creating personalized keto plans for long-term success and adjusting as needed.
  • Guide clients through adapting to keto and handling challenges like the keto flu.
  • Understand how to check for ketosis and keep an eye on other important health markers.
  • Learn about keto supplements and how to recommend the right ones for your clients.
  • Explore non-food factors that can help your clients succeed with keto and maintain overall health.



Course Overview

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Legal & Support

Disclaimer and Copyright Notice


Chapter 1: Intro to Ketosis & Benefits

Quick Facts

History of Keto

The Physiology of Keto-Adaptation, Fat Burning & Ketosis

Keto Benefits: Body Composition

Keto Benefits: Human Performance

Keto Benefits: Overall Wellness

Keto Benefits: Therapeutic Applications

Safety & Contraindications 

Chapter Summary & References

Chapter 1 Exam

Chapter 2: Food, Food Quality, & Nutrient Density

Quick Facts

Foods to Avoid on Keto

Foods to Prioritize on Keto

Whole Foods, Micronutrients, & Nutrient Density

Food Quality & Sourcing

"Keto Approved" Foods

Chapter Summary & References

Chapter 2 Exam

Chapter 3: Inducing Natural Ketosis & Keto Flu

Quick Facts

What is Natural Ketosis 

How to Start Keto

Pairing Fasting & Keto

Calories & Macros

Keto-Adaptation & Keto Flu

Chapter Summary & References

Chapter 3 Exam

Chapter 4: How to Personalize Keto For Your Patient

Quick Facts

Goal Setting with S.M.A.R.T. Framework 

Identifying Individual Needs

Gender Differences with Keto

Different Variations of Keto

Managing Hunger/Satiety

Chapter Summary & References

Chapter 4 Exam

Chapter 5: Tracking Health Metrics & Progress

Quick Facts

The Importance of Tracking Health Metrics 

Diet Tracking & Dietary Adherance 

Metabolic & Comprehensive Health Metrics 

Blood Glucose, Ketones, Glucose Ketone Index (GKI)

Digestive Health Metrics

Body Composition Metrics

Physical Health & Performance Metrics 

Cognitive Health & Performance Metrics 

Tracking Sleep Quantity & Quality 

Mental & Emotional Well-Being Metrics 

Chapter Summary & References

Chapter 5  Exam

Chapter 6: Managing, Maintaining, & Troubleshooting Ketosis

Quick Facts

Traveling, Restaurants, & Social Situations

A Case for "Dirty" Keto

Keto Replacements/Alternatives

Cheat Meals/Off-Plan Eating 

Keto Plateaus

Coming Off Keto

Chapter Summary & References

Chapter 6 Exam

Chapter 7: Supplements

Quick Facts

Essential Keto Supplements

Ketone Boosting Supplements

Insulin Sensitivity Supplements

"Keto" Supplements to Skip

Personalized Supplements & Individualized Supplement Plans 

Chapter Summary & References

Chapter 7 Exam

Chapter 8: Lifestyle: Exercise, Sleep, Stress Management

Quick Facts

4 Pillars of Optimal Health

Exercising on Keto


Stress Management

Chapter Summary & References

Chapter 8 Exam


Applied Ketogenic Diet Specialist Final Exam

What Our Grads Say

Completing the Primal Health Coach Program has proven to be an invaluable asset to my coaching practice. I'm so much more prepared to explain the benefits of a primal lifestyle to my clients and coach them as they take their health, fitness, and performance to a higher level than they ever thought possible.

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Certified Primal Health Coach

The Primal Health Coach Program expanded my access to and credibility with people who embrace primal principles but who may not have considered holistic medicine, enhancing my practice and extending my professional reach. 

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Certified Primal Health Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I continue my learnings with a specialty course from the Primal Health Coach Institute?

Continuing your education with this specialization course from the Primal Health Coach Institute provides in-depth knowledge and expertise in the specific field of ketogenic living, allowing you to stay current with the latest research and practices. The curriculum is designed to be easy to understand, incorporating practical know-how along with theoretical concepts and emphasizing the application of ketogenic principles in real-world scenarios so you can implement and customize keto plans for diverse clients. The Primal Health Coach Institute's specialization courses include comprehensive assessments after each chapter to reinforce your understanding and prepare you for a final exam. This structured learning process ensures a thorough grasp of the material, so you graduate confident in your ability to guide clients effectively.

How long will it take for me to complete the course and earn my certification?

You can proceed with your reading, viewing, and test taking at your own pace, logging into the course at any time and picking up where you left off. There are 6 core chapters. We suggest allowing for 4-5 hours per chapter, or approximately 30 hours in total. There’s no rush, and you have lifetime access to the material.

How difficult are the online course and exams, and what if I have trouble passing?

This course material is on a par with an upper-division college course but we present the material in an easy-to-read, digestible manner. There are exams at the end of each chapter and a final exam at the end of the course. If you score below 75 percent, you can return to the material for review, and then attempt the exam again and as many times as you need to pass it. If you struggle on the exams, our staff is here to help you with one-on-one support for a positive experience.

I’ve taken other online courses and they didn’t live up to my expectations. How is this course different?

When you enroll in any of our courses you immediately become part of our community, and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you reach your education and career goals. We’re so confident that the program and our organization will exceed your expectations that we offer a money-back guarantee. When you enroll in the Applied Ketogenic Diet Specialist Certification you gain access to course materials immediately. If the course isn’t to your liking or doesn't meet your needs we will issue a full refund, no questions asked, within 7 days of enrolling and if you've completed no more than 3 chapters. Our refund policy gives you the opportunity to test drive the first few chapters risk free.

Become an expert in one of the most specialized and popular dietary approaches.

Developed by ketogenic diet expert, nutritionist, and bestselling author Chris Irvin, this course integrates cutting-edge keto science with practical expertise. Gain the confidence and credibility to help clients improve metabolic health for increased energy, healthier weight, enhanced memory, cognition, and more.