Providing recognition for schools which meet the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition curriculum requirements.
Registration of professional Registered Holistic Nutrition Practioner (RHNP) and Health Coaches (RHC & RHNCII) exists to protect the public from people who are not qualified to practice, just as licensure of physicians protects the public from people who are not qualified to practice medicine.
The continual upsurge in the popularity of Registered Holistic Nutrition Practioners, Registered Health Coaches and those seeking alternative and complementary care has emphasized the need for competent, educated professionals and rigorous standards for professional training.
Voluntary registration with a recognized professional association that independently promotes and maintains curriculum standards is a benchmark for distinguishing knowledgeable, well trained practitioners and the educational institutions training them.
Benefits of Becoming an Approved School
Becoming an approved school reaps many rewards, not only for your program, but for your students as well.
Your curriculum will be listed as an elite program that meets the strict standards of CAIN and CHCA.
Added exposure for your programs, only those approved will be included in our listings to potential students
For those programs outside of Canada, you are offering an important service to your students by becoming approved. They will then be able to have access to all of the Canadian resources that cannot be offered outside of Canada. This will draw more Canadians to your program.
Registration with Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition and the Health Coach Alliance helps ensure that the general public can find properly trained, knowledgeable practitioners and sound guidance.
Ability to list additional programs as CEC accredited courses to our entire member base
Added recognition and credibility for your graduates
Higher success rates for your graduates
Being part of a community of Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioners, Registered Health Coaches and advocates supporting industry growth
Become an Approved School & Educational Partner If you are an educational institution offering a Holistic Nutritionist certification and/or continuing education courses to Canadian Students (inclusive to international schools offering online programs accessible to Canadian students), you are invited to submit your program and/or courses for approval.
1) Full program approval leading to registration status for your Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching course graduates 2) Continuing education credit approval for your courses allowing graduates to fulfill their CEC credit requirement through your school.
It is the responsibility of the educational partner to notify the Canadian Association of Integrative Nutrition of any program/course price changes (ie special discounts, or price increases).
*Note* If you are already a registered and approved school with the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition or the Health Coach Alliance, you are not required to pay the CEC application fee.
Not sure if your program will be approved? See course requirements below.
The following educational standards must be met in order to receive CAIN and / or CHC approval and to assure your students and graduates that their nutrition program provides sufficient education to qualify them as a professional member.
Holistic Nutrition Programs: Upon approval of your program, graduates will automatically qualify for the "Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner" (RHNP) Designation. Programs approved by CAIN must meet or exceed a minimum of 2000 hours of study for Nutritionists including a demonstrated proficiency in the following post secondary subjects:
Fundamentals of Nutrition (full macro/micro nutrients coverage)
Nutrition Sciences - Including Fundamentals of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Anatomy & Physiology
Nutritional Pathophysiology & Symptomatology: Nutritional Support of the Body Systems, Environmental Influences on Health
Life Cycle Nutrition (Pre/Post Natal, Pediatrics, Men, Women, Geriatric)
Fundamentals of Sports Nutrition
Preventative Health Care
Nutritional Supplementation: indications, contraindications / interactions with herbs, medications, and foods
Nutrition Assessment: health assessments and intro laboratory testing
Nutritional Counselling and Coaching Skills
Cooking With Whole Foods and Meal Planning
Nutrition Business Fundamentals
Nutritional Research Applications
Health Coaching Programs Registered HealthCoach (RHC) is available to graduates of approved schools who have completed a minimum of 300 hours of study in the field of health coaching in addition to a combined minimum of 30 hours of case study work, and / or client sessions.
Registered Health & Nutrition Coach (RHNC) designation is available to students who have completed a combined Health and Nutrition Coach training. The course must include the initial Health Coaching training above in addition to 400 hours of study including but not limited to the following:
Pathophysiology, Illness & Nutrition
Nutritional support of the body (digestive, lymphatic, immune, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, nervous, integumentary)
Health and disease in relation to environmental influences
Symptomology of insufficiency and excess nutrients
Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology of the Human Body
Introduction to basic Chemistry & Biochemistry
Introductory Herbology (minimum of 20 herbs covered)
Including uses and contraindications
Comparative Dietary Systems
In depth diet analysis & planning
Cultural influences on food choices
Contraindications and interactions with herbs, foods and medications
Indications of need for supplementation
Analyzing lab results
The program also must contain a combined minimum of 30 hours of case study work, and client sessions.
The programs must include at least one final exam (proctored if distance learning) or thesis/research paper. Open book exams do not qualify.