Program FAQ

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Natural Nutrition Diploma Program

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve come to the right place! You can find answers in our list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you still have additional questions, please visit your preferred branch site and contact them.

*Please note: Due to the ongoing pandemic, classes at classroom branches will be held virtually via the Zoom platform. Click here to learn more about Virtual Classroom vs. Online Learning. Contact your preferred branch if you have any questions.

1. What are the benefits of classroom instruction? Of online education studies?

CSNN offers the Natural Nutrition program 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:
a. Instructor brings his/her experience and knowledge into the classroom
b. Students are able to ask questions of the instructor and receive an answer back on the spot
c. Students share their knowledge and experience in the industry and are a support network for each other
d. Set schedule for those who like structure
e. Case study practicals

The benefits of online education study format include:
a. Detailed notes for online education students
b. Staff advisors to answer student questions
c. Chat group for online education students and graduates
d. Students create their own schedule

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

a. The Natural Nutrition program requires approximately 1,200 hours to complete, including 332 hours of formal classroom training and practicals (some branches may vary), 250 hours of independent clinical hours, 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.)

b. 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?

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. Practicals provide the guidelines, instructions, and examples to successfully complete the 250 clinical hours.

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

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. During this application learning process (250 clinical hours), 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 case studies including follow-up assessments, in order to be eligible to graduate.

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?

a. The classroom start dates vary depending on location, but are generally in Winter, Spring, and Fall 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 are there?

Approximately 11,000 graduates have earned CSNN’s exclusive designations. You can read some of their stories in our Alumni Profiles page.

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’s Alumni Association, Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP), and Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro) also provide job opportunities to their members.

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 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

12. Is CSNN’s Natural Nutrition Program registered/recognized?

a. 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.