Natural Nutrition Program: FAQ’s


  1. What are the benefits of classroom instruction? Of online education studies?
    • CSNN offers the Natural Nutrition program nnsymbol in both the classroom study format and in the online education study format. Each format has its own unique benefits. Students who enjoy learning in a classroom environment with scheduled dates, tests, and assignment deadlines are advised to register in classroom studies. Students who prefer learning at their own pace and creating their own personalized schedule are advised to register in online education studies.

      The benefits of the classroom study format are as follows:

      • Instructor brings his/her experience and knowledge into the classroom
      • Students are able to ask questions of the instructor and receive an answer back on the spot
      • Students share their knowledge and experience in the industry and are a support network for each other
      • Set schedule for those who like structure
      • Case study practicals

      The benefits of online education study format include:

      • Detailed notes for online education students
      • Staff advisors to answer student questions
      • Chat group for online education students and graduates
      • Students create their own schedule
  2. How long does it take to complete the Natural Nutrition program nnsymbol?
    • The Natural Nutrition program nnsymbol  requires approximately 1,200 hours to complete, including 332 hours of formal classroom training (some branches may vary), 250 hours of off-site independent working on case studies, and 600 hours of self-study and prep time. (*Since online education students do not have practicals, the program takes approximately 1,100 hours to complete.)
    • In the classroom, the program can be completed in one year (full time) or two years (part time). Some classroom branches also offer accelerated options. Online education students are given two years to complete the program but may finish sooner.
  3. What are practicals* and are they covered in the tuition cost?
    • In addition to regular classroom instruction in natural nutrition, each student completes a minimum of 50 hours of mandatory practicals, out of approximately 100 hours offered to students. The focus of the practicals is case study work including follow-up case studies. Practicals are run by qualified holistic nutrition professionals who have experience in the industry.
    • Students also have the option of completing 14 hours of external practicals as part of the 50 required practical hours. Students gain industry experience in external practicals, which are offered independently of CSNN and take place at external venues.
    • Practicals are covered in the cost of classroom tuition.
    • *Please note: Some branches may use different terminology to refer to practicals, for example, practicums, workshops, co-requisites
  4. What are case studies?
    • Case studies are basically practice client assessments, so that students gain experience before they graduate and have their own holistic nutrition practice. Each student is required to complete 10 case studies including follow-up assessments, in order to be eligible to graduate. Case studies provide the student with practical experience in assessing the client’s individual nutritional needs and in making nutritional and lifestyle recommendations.
  5. What payment plans are available?
    • CSNN offers flexible payment plans, including a monthly payment plan and quarterly payment plan. For more information, please contact the branch of your choice.
  6. When do classes start?
    • The classroom start dates are generally March and September of each year. Please contact your desired branch for more information.
    • The online education program may be started at any time.
  7. Approximately, how many graduates from the Natural Nutrition program nnsymbol are there?
    • Approximately 8,000 graduates have earned CSNN’s exclusive designations.
  8. Does CSNN provide job-search assistance?
    • Since our Graduates’ designations are the most recognized in the holistic nutrition industry, companies seek out CSNN Graduates to fill their employment opportunities. Job ads are posted in the classroom, on the graduate section of the website, and on Distance Education’s online chat group. CSNN graduates also qualify to join the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro) and the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP).
  9. Why doesn’t CSNN have co-op work placements?
    • Instead of co-op, CSNN informs students of many different paid part- and full- time positions available to them. These job opportunities enhance students’ learning experience in the industry. Students also gain practical experience from practicals and preparing their case studies, which eliminates the necessity for a co-op placement.
  10. Does CSNN provide tuition tax receipts?
    • Yes, CSNN provides tuition and education tax receipts to students.
  11. Can I practice in the United States with the designation earned from CSNN?
    • Each state has its own laws in regard to practicing as a holistic nutrition professional, so students are advised to check which laws exist in their state. The National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) in the U.S. recognizes CSNN Graduates, once they have also completed the Advanced Holistic Nutrition workshops, AN106 and AN109. For more information about NANP, go to nanp.org.
  12. Is CSNN’s Natural Nutrition Program nnsymbol registered/recognized?
    • In British Columbia, it is designated with the Private Training Institutions Branch of B.C. (PTIB)
    • In Nova Scotia, it is registered with the Department of Education of Nova Scotia as a private career college
    • In New Brunswick, it is legislated under the New Brunswick Private Occupational Training Act as a private career college
    • CSNN’s Natural Nutrition program nnsymbol is licensed under the Private Vocational Training Act (Alberta)
    • In Ontario, it is approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

    CSNN’s Natural Nutrition program nnsymbol is the most recognized and sought-after holistic nutrition program, with the most recognized professional designations in the industry. Our Natural Nutrition program nnsymbol is also recognized by the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro), the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP), and by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) in the United States.