CSNN - Canada's largest and leading school of holistic nutrition
July 24, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions


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

  • Holistic Nutritionists have been self-regulated for decades. According to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care there are no plans or proposals for holistic nutritionists to become regulated. The Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council, the body which would be responsible for investigating the feasibility of such regulation upon referral from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, have not been requested by the Ministry to conduct such an investigation.

2. What would a regulation process look like?

  • According to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, this type of regulation is a lengthy process that not only requires the government to be interested in regulating holistic nutritionists, but also requires holistic nutritionists, regardless of their designation or association affiliation, to have input into the form such regulation would take, including scope of practice, educational standards, degree of potential harm to the public and the like. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care would seek input from the practitioners in the industry, from other affected health care professionals, from clients, from institutions and from regulators.

3. Does CSNN support regulation?

  • Indeed CSNN would support holistic nutritionists becoming regulated in an appropriate manner, such as that described above for Ontario. 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 nutritionists in the health care industry.

4. Is 'Registered Holistic Nutritionist' a generic industry term?

  • No, it is not a generic industry term. 'Registered Holistic Nutritionist™' is trademarked to CSNN, and only graduates of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition are entitled to use the R.H.N.™ designation.

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

  • CSNN focuses on its expertise in holistic nutrition, so that students are encouraged to learn how to conduct themselves as practitioners within their scope of practice, which in turn protects them as practitioners plus protects the public from harm
  • 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 practicums and in its Advanced Holistic Nutrition workshops, so that students develop an understanding of and learn how to work alongside complementary health care practitioners

6. 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 nutritionists the most.

7. 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 distance education formats.
  • CSNN was the first holistic nutrition school to offer a practical science-based curriculum in natural nutrition.
  • CSNN is dedicated to quality education and offers both a foundation Natural Nutrition diploma program plus an Advanced Holistic Nutrition™ diploma program.
  • CSNN offers unique class scheduling in order to accommodate busy lifestyles.
  • For your convenience, CSNN has 6 classroom locations in Ontario, plus classroom locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Moncton, Nanaimo and Vancouver.
  • CSNN publishes books only 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.
  • In its Natural Nutrition program CSNN focuses on its expertise in holistic nutrition, so that students are encouraged to learn how to conduct themselves as practitioners within their scope of practice, which in turn protects them as practitioners plus protects the public from harm.
  • CSNN has been working with employers for nearly two decades and, as a result, employers look for CSNN graduates and students.  CSNN students are able to gain practical experience along with employment.
  • We believe that everyone has the right to change their mind due to unexpected life circumstances. CSNN therefore has a generous withdrawal and refund policy compared to other holistic nutrition schools.

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

  • Well-rounded holistic nutrition education, offering 17 foundation courses and a clinical component. Classrooms locations also offer on site practicums.
  • R.H.N.™ designation is exclusive to CSNN Graduates

9. What is unique about the delivery of CSNN’s Natural Nutrition program?

  • CSNN’s winning education formula transcends basic classroom hours and facilitates a deeper level of understanding through practice and application of holistic nutrition information. Other holistic nutrition programs may offer more classroom hours, but CSNN prefers to offer its students a focused, engaging, and practical science based program which is geared to training students to be effective holistic nutritionists in the industry. CSNN’s Natural Nutrition program is a comprehensive foundation program created for those who want more than nutritional information found in books, magazines, and media, and instead want to learn the practical tools needed to become a knowledgeable and credible holistic nutritionist.

10. 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.
  • Visit our online Natural Nutrition Program section.
  • Request a free brochure.

11. When can I start the Natural Nutrition program?

  • Classroom start dates are generally in March and in September; however, if you miss the start date you can join late if there is space available.
  • With Distance Education, you pick the start date!

12. What happens to my studies if I move?

13. Do I have to be a graduate of the Natural Nutrition program (RHN™ designation) to qualify for the Advanced Holistic Nutrition™ program?

  • CSNN welcomes Holistic Nutrition Professionals and Students, and other Health Care Practitioners to take any AHN workshops with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) attached to them. Applicants will be asked to sign a waiver form, as taking interest/CEU workshop(s) does not constitute official entry into CSNN’s AHN Certificate Package(s) and/or the AHN Diploma.

  • Holistic Nutrition Professionals with comprehensive formal holistic nutrition training may be eligible to write the entrance exam for the AHN Certificates and/or AHN Program. Upon receipt of transcripts, CSNN’s Registrar (hq@csnn.ca) will provide a complimentary assessment for qualifying for the entrance exam.

    • CSNN Natural Nutrition students will automatically qualify for entry upon graduation. Students of other Holistic Nutrition Programs may qualify to write the entrance exam for the AHN Program upon graduation.

    • Other Health Care Practitioners without formal holistic nutrition training are not eligible to write the AHN entrance exam; however, those who would like to add a holistic nutrition component to their practice, may be eligible to “fast-track” CSNN’s foundational Natural Nutrition Program and gain up to 25% Advanced Standings and up to 25% exemption tests toward the Program. Upon receipt of transcripts, CSNN’s Registrar (hq@csnn.ca) will provide a complimentary assessment and will advise on the most time- and cost-effective way to complete the Natural Nutrition Program, which automatically leads to the AHN Certificate Packages and AHN Program.

  • For frequently-asked questions about our AHN Certificate Packages and AHN Workshops, click here.

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

  • CSNN has a job board on its website for graduates, plus individual locations post job opportunities.
  • Distance Education has online networking and sharing of information, including job information.
  • CSNN graduates qualify to participate in the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHNPro) research studies, job creation initiatives, and board certification exam for insurance and industry recognition purposes. CAHNPro assists members by helping them stay current with trends and research specific to the industry, by providing materials and professional information from successful holistic nutritionists, by providing a job search database, and by offering guidance and support in building a holistic nutrition business.
  • CSNN has an active Alumni Association  which hosts an annual Canadian Holistic Nutrition Conference, provides industry information to its members, and offers advertising venues for graduate holistic nutrition practices and other graduate businesses and endeavours.
  • CSNN graduates have created local networking groups
  • Current CSNN Alumni Association Members receive a 10% discount on CSNN’s Advanced Holistic Nutrition™ program, and on CSNN’s continuing education workshops.