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Natural Nutrition Program - CSNN Calgary

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve come to the right place! Please find our answers below to these Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us. 

How long does it take to complete the Natural Nutrition program ?

The Natural Nutrition program requires approximately 1,200 hours to complete, including 352 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. 

What are practicals* and are they covered in the tuition cost?

a. 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.

b. 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.

c. 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

What is the clinical component of the Natural Nutrition Program?

This is the required clinical component of the Natural Nutrition Program. These real-life case studies are basically practice client assessments, so that students gain experience before they graduate and have their own holistic nutrition practice.

During this application learning process (250 clinical hours), live case studies are very time consuming because students need to learn how to effectively work with the intake forms, identify all the relevant information that is part of the client’s main health concern, and then compile their food, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations. Each student is required to complete 10 live case studies including follow-up assessments, in order to be eligible to graduate.

What payment plans are available?

CSNN offers flexible payment plans, including a monthly payment plan and quarterly payment plan. For more information, please contact us directly.

When do classes start?

CSNN Calgary has a Fall intake. Visit our Schedules page for more details.

Approximately, how many graduates from the Natural Nutrition program are there?

Approximately 10,000 graduates have earned CSNN’s exclusive designations.

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).

Does CSNN provide tuition tax receipts?

Yes, CSNN provides tuition and education tax receipts to students.

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

Is CSNN’s Natural Nutrition Program registered/recognized?

In British Columbia, it is designated with the Private Training Institutions Branch of B.C. (PTIB)

b. In New Brunswick, it is legislated under the New Brunswick Private Occupational Training Act as a private career college

c. CSNN’s Natural Nutrition program is licensed under the Private Vocational Training Act (Alberta)

d. In Ontario, it is approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

CSNN’s Natural Nutrition program is the most recognized and sought-after holistic nutrition program, with the most recognized professional designations in the industry. Our Natural Nutrition program 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.

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720 – 28th Street NE, Unit 220
Calgary, AB
T2A 6R3

+403-276-1551 [call]

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