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.
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 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, you are not required to pay the CEC application fee.
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 and to sit for the National Proficiency Exam in Holistic Nutrition.
Holistic Nutritionists: 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 Coaches 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 Nutrition & Health Coach (RNHC-II) designation is available to students who have completed a combined Health Coach and Nutrition Coach training. A minimum of 300 hours of study is required for the Health Coach portion and a minimum of 600 hours for the Nutrition Coach training. 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.
Benefits of Becoming an Approved School
Added recognition and credibility for your graduates
Higher success rates for your graduates
More visibility for your school
Ability to list CEC credit courses
Being part of a community of Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioners, Registered Health Coaches and advocates supporting industry growth
Registration with Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition helps ensure that the general public can find properly trained, knowledgeable practitioners and sound guidance.