W H A T IS A C.H.N.C.? 


An C.H.N.C. is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant (this designation is primarily for Albertan practitioners. Graduates are also recognized as Registered Holistic Nutritionists (R.H.N.'s) in other Canadian provinces). 


C.H.N.C.'s are professionals trained in Natural Nutrition and complementary therapies, whose principal function is to educate individuals or groups about the benefits and health impact of optimal nutrition. To date, there are approximately 8,000 CSNN graduates working in several countries. Their number, as well as their education and training, ensure that they are leaders in the industry. The education provided by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition is unparalleled in the holistic field. (CSNN)


What is the difference between a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant (C.H.N.C.) and a Registered Dietician (RD)?


     Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultants are granted their designation after completing a demanding course of study set by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition . C.H.N.C.s must complete the program along with case studies, subject-specific, board and oral examinations, and practicum hours, with a cumulative minimum average of 80% to graduate. The school then grants them the C.H.N.C. designation. C.H.N.C.s must abide by strict codes of ethics or face consequences such as losing their designation and the right to practice. 


Dieticians play an important role in the community, educating large groups of people, working in hospitals and other health care institutions. They have completed their bachelor's degree in human nutrition and an internship program to gain clinical experience in their chosen field of employment. Most Dieticians work in clinics, industry or institutions. Dieticians are regulated under the Regulated Health Practitioners Act. Although some C.H.N.C.s are employed in clinics and by the food industry, most C.H.N.C.'s work in private practice. Dieticians follow general recommendations for food selection set out by the Canada Food Guide. C.H.N.C.'s recognize and appreciate that the Canada Food Guide is a reference tool for persons that are generally healthy and active without any health conditions or symptoms of ill-health. Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultants respect the education, training and expertise of Registered Dieticians. Because of the differences in thier training, an C.H.N.C. will take a different approach (as compared with a Dietician) to nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. C.H.N.C.'s help their clients choose appropriate foods specific to their needs and sensitivities and provide other services with respect to this selection process. Dieticians have many other specific skills, especially in the areas of psychology and education.


Some dieticians have even obtained an C.H.N.C. designation. We welcome the opportunity of working with Dieticians and other Health Professionals for the good of our clients.