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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are holistic nutrition professionals regulated, or in the process of being regulated?

Holistic nutrition professionals have been self-regulated for decades. There are no known plans for holistic nutrition professionals to become regulated.

2. Does CSNN support regulation?

CSNN would support regulation if the majority of graduates were interested in becoming regulated. However, as such regulation is unlikely, CSNN believes it is better to deal with the reality of our profession and encourage initiatives that facilitate recognition of Holistic Nutritional Consultant professionals in the health care industry.

3. Why does CSNN focus on holistic nutrition in its Natural Nutrition program?

CSNN focuses on holistic nutrition so that students receive a complete and comprehensive program that is within their Scope of Practice. CSNN respects all health modalities, and acknowledges that to be a true herbalist, homeopath, naturopath, etc, and to practice these modalities safely and effectively, that one has to successfully complete years of comprehensive study in these fields at accredited natural health schools. CSNN offers information about these other health modalities in its practicals and in its Advanced Holistic Nutrition workshops, so that students develop an understanding of and learn how to work alongside complementary health care practitioners

4. What professional designation and title do I receive once I complete the Natural Nutrition Program?

CSNN offers a comprehensive science-based and people-focused program in Natural Nutrition, qualifying graduates to earn a professional designation and title upon graduation (see options below; only one to be used). Designations and titles are determined by the province* where Graduates offer their professional services; however, all credentials hold an equivalent standard. Please note all designations are registered in a private registry.

Professional Services in Choice of Designation Choice of Professional Title



  • Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™
  • Certified in Holistic Nutrition™

B.C, Sascatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nunavut, NWT, Yukon

R.H.N. C.H.N.C. C.H.N.

  • Registered Holistic Nutritionist™
  • Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant™
  • Certified Holistic Nutritionist™
  • Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™
  • Certified in Holistic Nutrition™

New Brunswick, Nova, Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador

R.H.N. C.H.N.C. C.H.N.

  • Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant™
  • Certified Holistic
    Nutritional Consultant™
  • Certified in Holistic Nutrition™

Quebec, PEI

R.H.N. C.H.N.C. C.H.N.

  • Holistic Wellness Practitioner

5. What is unique about the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition compared to other holistic nutrition schools?

  • CSNN is the largest and leading holistic nutrition school in Canada which provides both classroom and online education formats.
  • CSNN was the first holistic nutrition school to offer a practical science-based curriculum in the classroom.
  • CSNN is dedicated to quality education and offers both a foundation Natural Nutrition diploma program plus Advanced Holistic Nutrition™ workshops.
  • CSNN offers unique class scheduling in order to accommodate busy lifestyles.
  • For your convenience, CSNN has 2 locations in Ontario (Metro Toronto and Mississauga) plus locations in Vancouver Island, Calgary, Edmonton, and Moncton.
  • Flexible study formats include Live Virtual Online via Zoom, Hybrid Classrooms, In-Person Classrooms, and Self-Study Online. 
  • CSNN publishes books exclusively available at CSNN.
  • As graduates of the largest holistic nutrition school in Canada, CSNN alumni are the most recognized and sought after in the industry.
  • CSNN has been working with employers for over two decades and, as a result, employers look for CSNN graduates and students. CSNN students are able to gain practical experience along with employment.

6. What is unique about CSNN’s Natural Nutrition diploma program?

  • Well-rounded holistic nutrition education, offering 18 foundation courses and a clinical component.
  • Classrooms locations also offer on-site practicals (note: Some branches may use different terminology to refer to practicals, for example, practicums, workshops or co-requisites).
  • Designations that are exclusive to CSNN Graduates
  • Leads to board certification* by Canadian Association of Natural Nutrition Practitioners (CANNP), Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHNPro) and National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).

7. How do I find out more about CSNN’s Natural Nutrition program?

  • Contact the location you are interested in and make an appointment to receive a complimentary one-on-one information session and/or attend an open house.
  • Make arrangements with your desired location to audit a class (for classroom locations).
  • Visit our online Natural Nutrition Program section.
  • Request a free brochure.

8. When can I start the Natural Nutrition program?

Classroom start dates vary depending on location, but are generally are in Winter, Spring, and Fall; however, if you miss the start date you can join late if there is space available.
With Online Education, you pick the start date!

9. What happens to my studies if I move?

One of the advantages of studying at CSNN is the flexibility to complete your holistic nutrition education anywhere in the world. CSNN has multiple classroom locations in Canada, as well as an online division. In the event of a move, students have the option to transfer to another classroom location or to complete the program via Online Distance Education.

10. Do I have to be a graduate of the NNP to take workshops leading to the Advanced Holistic Nutrition certificates?

CSNN graduates automatically qualify to take any Advanced Holistic Nutrition workshops
Holistic nutrition professionals and other health care practitioners are welcome to take CSNN’s Advanced Holistic Nutrition certificates and workshops upon receipt of transcript.
For frequently-asked questions about our AHN Certificate Packages and Workshops, click here.

11. What support system is available to CSNN graduates after they finish the Natural Nutrition program?

CSNN has a online job board for graduates, plus job opportunities are posted at individual classroom locations.
Online Distance Education has online networking and sharing of information, including job information.
CSNN graduates have the opportunity to become professional members of the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHNPro) and the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP). Both professional organizations provide support and networking opportunities for holistic nutrition professionals.
CSNN has an active Alumni Association which hosts an annual Canadian Holistic Nutrition Conference, provides industry information to its members, creates networking groups and offers advertising venues for graduate holistic nutrition practices and other graduate businesses and endeavours.
Current CSNN Alumni Association Members receive a 10% tuition discount on CSNN’s Advanced Holistic Nutrition workshops.

12. Why has CSNN chosen to align with only certain associations in the industry?

CSNN has researched the holistic nutrition industry and has decided to align with associations that approach holistic nutrition industry standards in ways that we feel would benefit Holistic Nutritional Consultant professionals the most.