A Holistic Nutrition Certification will not make you successful. Getting certified is merely the beginning of your journey as a holistic nutrition practitioner. After you get your certificate in holistic nutrition, you will need to work hard and stay dedicated to your craft if you want to become a successful holistic nutritionist.
Are you ready to learn how to become a holistic nutritionist in Canada and get your career started? Read on!
Holistic Nutrition Hub is not affiliated with any holistic nutrition school, course, program, or association. The goal of the article is to help you pick the right holistic nutrition program for YOU. We aim to provide an honest and unbiased overview of all the options that are available in Canada, however, we DO NOT guarantee the accuracy of the information contained in this article. This article is based solely on the information gathered from the schools’ and associations’ websites. For more details, please contact the holistic nutrition program providers directly.
Before we go over all the holistic nutrition programs available in Canada, we are going to touch on a few points that are often overlooked yet are important to consider when deciding what nutrition course to choose.
The Truth About Holistic Nutrition Certifications
Your clients don’t care
When people approach you for nutrition consulting, they either want to look good or they want to feel better. They don’t care what certificate you hold or how many letters sit after your name.
Your clients want results. They come to you for help, hoping that you will lead them to their health and wellness goals in the fastest and most effective way possible. And as you probably now realize, a piece of paper isn’t going to do this for you. At best, you have the bare minimum to show someone that you maybe know something.When people approach you for nutrition consulting, they either want to look good or they want to feel better. They don't care what certificate you hold or how many letters sit after your name. Click To Tweet
Being certified doesn’t mean you’re fully ready
Nutrition consulting is an art that requires a careful blend of theoretical knowledge and applied coaching skills that can only be developed through consistent practice. Just because you’ve decided to become certified in holistic nutrition doesn’t mean you will be fully prepared to work with clients. No matter how much you study, there isn’t a single program out there that can get you 100% ready to deal with all real-life situations right after you graduate.
Although most schools do a great job getting you set up with real-life case studies and practicums, you will still need to build up your practical experience over time after you become a holistic nutritionist. Only then will you feel comfortable tackling all the situations that present themselves to you.
And even if you’ve been researching nutrition for a long time on your own, that doesn’t give you the tools to adequately guide someone through the intricacies of food choices, lifestyle and behavior changes. Nutrition is an ever-changing industry with new research coming out daily.
It is your responsibility, and yours alone, to decide which program will be best suited to you. It is also your responsibility to continue your education once you’ve completed your program.Nutrition consulting is an art that requires a careful blend of theoretical knowledge and applied coaching skills that can only be developed through consistent practice. Click To Tweet
Why You Should Get A Holistic Nutrition Certification
Despite those truths, there are still many good reasons to get certified as a holistic nutrition practitioner.
1. A certification is required if you want to purchase liability insurance. Under no circumstances should you advertise or sell your nutrition consulting services if you do not hold valid liability coverage.
2. A certification is a system. This means that someone took the time to review the nutritional information that was available to them and package it in a systematic way. Following a holistic nutrition program is the most efficient way to acquire a baseline of knowledge that will help you move forward in the health industry.
3. A certification is the first step toward a job. Most clinics and gyms looking to fill a holistic nutritionist position won’t even consider you if you aren’t certified. By becoming a certified holistic nutritionist, you drastically increase your chances of getting hired after you graduate.Following a holistic nutrition program is the most efficient way to acquire a baseline of knowledge that will help you move forward in the health industry. Click To Tweet
Should You Study Holistic Nutrition Online Or In Person?
Both traditional learning and its online counterpart have pros and cons, so it’s important for you to understand what to expect before you step into – or log into – your first holistic nutrition course.
Some key areas to consider before deciding which one will work best for you are:
● Flexibility. How much time can you dedicate to learning each day? Are you able to attend your nutrition course full-time or do you need to fit it around your current job/studies?
● Discipline & self-motivation. Can you work at your own pace or do you need someone to hold you accountable? There are usually significant differences between the structure of online vs in-person courses which might impact your ability to stay on track.
● Social interaction. What amount of social interaction are you expecting while working on your holistic nutrition certification? Do you thrive in an individual study environment? Or do you require motivation and feedback from your peers to stay motivated and succeed?
To know which method of learning will be best for you, we recommend that you give each one a try. Most schools offer one-day sit-ins on classes or sample online courses that you can take. These hands-on experiences will help you determine the learning method that is right for you.Deciding between studying online or in person should be based on 3 important factors: schedule flexibility, discipline & self-motivation, and social interaction expectations. Click To Tweet
Online VS In-Person Learning: Which One Do YOU Prefer?
How To Choose A Holistic Nutrition Certification
A while ago, we ran a poll in our Facebook Community. In that poll, we asked our members to share the main deciding factors that pushed them to pick a nutrition program above all others. The results of this poll might help you pick the right holistic nutrition certification for YOU!
Top Holistic Nutrition Schools In Canada
If you are someone who thrives in a classroom environment, you should find a holistic nutrition school to help you become a holistic nutritionist. To find a school near you, use the map of all the classroom locations in Canada that we created for you.
Canadian School Of Natural Nutrition (CSNN)
|CSNN At A Glance|
|Number of Locations: 14 + Online Distance Education|
|Duration of Program: 2 years (part-time), 1 year (full-time), or less than 1 year (accelerated format)|
|Tuition Fees: approx. $6000|
The Canadian School Of Natural Nutrition is the largest provider of holistic nutrition education with 14 provincially-regulated classroom locations across Canada, plus Online Distance Education (see separate listing in “Top Online Holistic Nutrition Certifications” below). They are focused on providing their students and graduates with practical career tools that they can use to succeed in their professional career. They also emphasize student support networks and services with their Alumni Association.
Their program in natural nutrition includes 17 holistic nutrition courses (including four science courses), real-life case studies, and a final board exam available in a part-time (2 year), a full-time (1 year), or an accelerated learning (<1 year) format. The program requires approximately 1200 hours to complete (including self-study time).
They also provide continuing education workshops for their graduates, students, and other healthcare practitioners, and Holistic Culinary Workshops are available at select branches.
Tuition fee: $5940 for the Natural Nutrition Program. Payment plans are available.
CSNN Graduate Experiences
The Institute Of Holistic Nutrition (IHN)
|IHN At A Glance|
|Number of Locations: 4|
|Duration of Program: 2 years or 1-year options|
|Tuition Fees: approx. $6890|
The Institute Of Holistic Nutrition delivers their part-time (2 years) and full-time (1 year) Diploma programs in 4 physical locations including Vancouver (BC), Toronto (ON), Ottawa (ON), and Mississauga (ON). IHN focuses on providing their students with a blend of leading-edge research education and traditional practices.
Tuition fees: $6890 including a none-refundable $500 registration fee. Multiple payment plans are available
IHN’s Diploma Program in Applied Holistic Nutrition is comprised of over 19 courses, +713.5 total in-class hours and a mandatory 100-hour co-op placement program.
Institute Of Holistic Nutrition Graduate Experiences
Pacific Rim College (School Of Holistic Nutrition)
|Pacific Rim College At A Glance|
|Number of Locations: 1|
|Duration of Program: 3 years|
|Tuition Fees: $29700|
Pacific Rim College’s School of Holistic Nutrition offers an extensive 3-year Diploma program in Victoria, BC.
This Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is by far the most comprehensive classroom program of holistic nutrition in Canada. It includes cooking and clinical coursework amongst other practical courses, as well as complete theoretical components.
Their 6-semester program is comprised of over 35 courses for a total of 2115 hours.
Tuition fees: $3700 for the Holistic Nutrition Certificate (4 months) and $29700 for the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition. This program is recognized by Canada Student Loans.
Pacific Rim College (School Of Holistic Nutrition) Graduate Experiences
Top Online Holistic Nutrition Certifications
For many of you working a full or part-time job, attending a holistic nutrition school isn’t an option. But there are other ways to become a holistic nutritionist than to attend a school. Many companies actually offer holistic nutrition courses online. We have listed below the Canadian providers who can help you get your nutrition certification online.
CSNN – Distance Education
Alongside their on-site programs, the Canadian School Of Natural Nutrition also offers a distance education program comprised of 18 courses spread over approximately 1100 hours of study. This is one of the most extensive holistic nutrition programs you will find online.
This online holistic nutrition program must be completed in less than 24 months.
Tuition fees: $5295 including all textbooks + a $100, none-refundable registration fee. Payment plans are available.
CSNN Distance Education Graduate Experiences
Alive Academy offers a few different holistic nutrition programs online. These programs range from a Sports & Fitness Nutrition Certificate Program (3 courses) to a Nutritional Consulting Diploma Program (7 courses).
Tuition fees: $1497 for the Sports & Fitness Nutrition Certificate Program up to $3893 for the Nutritional Consulting Diploma Program.
Each course can be completed individually or be purchased in a bundle at a special rate.
Alive Academy Graduate Experiences
Nutraphoria (School of Holistic Nutrition)
Nutraphoria offers two different holistic nutrition education programs online: a Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach Program (Tier 1) and an Advanced Diploma – Holistic Nutritionist program (Tier 2). The advanced program (3 course sections or 14 total courses) is over 2000 hours in total, includes real-life case studies and requires you to complete the Tier 1 program first (4 course sections).
Tuition fees: $1946 for the Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach Program and $3150 for the Advanced Holistic Nutritionist Program.
Each program takes about 9 to 12 months to complete.
Nutraphoria Graduate Experiences
Edison Institute of Nutrition
The Edison Institute of Nutrition offers an Introduction Program (4 courses, 2-12 months to complete), a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition (29 courses, 1-3 years to complete), as well as some Advanced and Post-Graduate Mentorship Programs.
The Diploma in Holistic Nutrition is one of the most in-depth online holistic nutrition program available with over 2000 hours of total study time.
Tuition fees: $715 including the registration fee and books for the Introduction Program and $3900 + registration and textbooks for the Diploma in Holistic Nutrition.
International College Of Natural Health & Traditional Chinese Medicine
The ICNH-TCM offers an Orthomolecular Nutrition for Professionals Diploma Program that takes about 12 months to complete with about 440 hours. It is comprised of 6 courses.
Tuition fees: $3160 + $220 in books for the Orthomolecular Nutrition for Professionals Diploma Program.
The College Of International Holistic Studies
The CIHS offers a Diploma in Orthomolecular Nutrition. This online nutrition program is composed of 10 courses + 25 case studies, spread out over 1025 hours and 24 months.
Tuition fees: Not availalbe at this time
Accredited Holistic Nutrition Programs
Once you have obtained your holistic nutrition certificate, you can become the member of an association that will provide professional benefits and resources to help you demonstrate your credibility in the industry while growing your nutrition business.
Since nutritional consulting is not a regulated profession, these associations help uphold high educational standards while providing strict codes of ethics for their members.
The benefits of joining an association are numerous but are specific to each organization. To learn more, please consult the website of the associations listed below.
Member benefits can include:
● Saving on conferences, trade shows, books, supplements, gym memberships or other
● Listing on a practitioner directory
● Early access to job postings and other professional opportunities
● Free webinars
● Additional credentials
● Personal and/or professional insurance coverage
Each association has their own educational standards and not all holistic nutrition programs are recognized across the board.
To find out about accredited nutrition programs, consult the comparison table below (Updated Dec 2017)
Canadian School Of Holistic Nutrition
Institute Of Holistic Nutrition
Pacific Rim College - School Of Holistic Nutrition
Edison Institute Of Nutrition (Online)
Alive Academy (Online)
International College Of Natural Health - TCM (Online)
The College Of International Holistic Studies (Online)
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