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Your Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program right for you?

Maybe! But maybe not. We have high expectations of our students and as such, we want to ensure not just that we are the right fit for you, but also that you are up for and open to the wonderful opportunities that present themselves through being part of this program (and working your butt off in the process).

Check out the frequently asked questions below or drop us a line for more information.

  • When is registration open and when does it close?

    Registration opens in May, 2019 for the 2019 term and will will close the first week of September, one week before the program begins. With that being said, we have a finite number of spots at each level, and we do cap registration when this number is met. This means registration could potentially close in advance of this date.

  • How much time do I need to set aside per week?

    This program requires a time commitment for the 14 weeks that you would be enrolled (approximately from the second week of September to the end of the third week of December, just before Christmas). We want all of our students to succeed and so all of the assignments and deadlines are presented right at the start of the program to help you manage your schedule.

    We estimate the program requiring 12-16 hours per week. Some weeks may be slightly lighter or heavier than others. It breaks down to about:

    • 3-4 hrs / week for video viewing
    • 4 hrs / week in your own kitchen
    • 3-4 hrs / week on assignments
    • 2 hrs / week reading/watching/writing assigned books and documentaries

    When you register, you are immediately sent access to your first assignment that, if completed prior to the start of the program, will shave 2 hours per week off the above estimate. There is benefit to being an early bird!

  • How often is this program offered? I'd like to start now.

    The Culinary Nutrition Expert program is offered once a year, beginning in September and finishes mid-December.

  • What is the cost of the program?

    The one-time payment cost of the Certified level of the program is $2,750. There is an honorary level which is a little less, and two professional levels that are a little higher, giving you the opportunity to choose the right option for your goals. There are also payment plans available, however the closer we are to the start of the program, the more restrictive these options are. The 5-month payment plan is available through the month of May, and the 3-month payment plan is available until mid-July.

  • How long is the program?

    The Culinary Nutrition Expert Program is 14 weeks long from the date of our first livestream class until the final assignment due date.

  • Can I do the program at my own pace?

    We have a tried and tested system for the program that works, and it requires that all of our students go through the program together, meeting the deadlines we have set.  You are given all of the course notes and assignment outlines at the start of the program so you have the opportunity to review all of the work and pace out your schedule, or work ahead if you desire.  We do however encourage you to follow the pace that we have outlined to ensure you are giving adequate time and attention to the subject matter.

    Each week there will be two assignments due: One will be a cooking/recipe assignment, and the other a written assignment. This could include a meal plan creation, recipe creation, or workshop design.

    If you aren’t interested in doing the work associated with the course, or don’t want to have to adhere to the deadlines, or receive feedback from a coach, we offer the Honorary level option.

  • Can I access the whole program at once?

    Why rush the good stuff? We release course modules on a weekly basis. Upon commencement of the program, you will receive the full outline of assignments and recipes, and have the freedom to work ahead.

  • I’m vegan/paleo/pescatarian/allergic to nuts/have limited access to ingredients. Can I still take this program?

    The majority (if not all) of the required recipes in the program are plant-based, and can also be modified to be grain-free and/or animal protein-powered. In most cases you also get to choose from a list of recipes to make the ones that best suit your diet and skill level.

    In the case of allergies, or if you are unable to acquire an ingredient in one of the recipes, you’ll be encouraged to modify the recipe to meet your needs or in some cases, use an alternative recipe. Your program coach can help you determine a suitable substitute.

    If you have severe dietary restrictions beyond an allergy or two, please contact us in advance of enrolling so we can ensure the program will work for you. The entire program is gluten-free and dairy-free and it is expected that all of your assignments will abide by these principles.

  • I'm gluten-free and dairy-free. Can I still take the program?

    You certainly can!  The Culinary Nutrition Expert  program is entirely gluten-free and dairy-free and it is expected that all of your assignments will abide by these principles. We will also show you delicious ways to make some gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives to your favourite dishes!

  • Do I need specialized kitchen equipment to complete the program?

    You’ll simply need a  basic kitchen set up for the program (pots, pans, a sharp set of knives, and a blender).

    If you are looking to make a particular investment  there are a few key pieces of kitchen equipment that you may want to consider. Outside of the kitchen basics (knives, mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons etc.) it is recommended to have either a food processor and/or a high speed blender. If you were to invest in a single appliance, we recommend a high speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec, but this is a nice-to-have.

  • Will I be on my own to complete this, or do I get coaching and feedback from Meghan?

    You will have three main forms of support. The primary support will be your assigned Culinary Nutrition Expert Program Coach. Our coaches are all graduates of this program and professionals in the field of health and nutrition. They will be your main point of contact.

    Additionally, you will be far from alone as we have a private Culinary Nutrition Expert Program Facebook group that is incredibly active and wonderfully supportive. Lastly, but certainly not least, we pair you with a CNE buddy who will be your recipe tester, meal plan tryer-outer and in many cases, a friend for life! Additionally, Meghan is very active in the group forum and will also be with you each week for the one-hour live class.

  • What if I can't join all of the live streamed classes?

    We recognize that we have a global student base with our students in nearly every time zone, combined with life and work obligations that don’t  make it possible to join us live. That’s okay! We record the weekly live streamed video calls with Meghan and make them available for you to review at your convenience, anytime before the end of the program.

    We recommend that you do your best to attend the weekly live stream in real-time, as this is an opportunity to ask Meghan questions directly.

  • Do we get ongoing access to the program?

    The beauty of an online course is that you get to watch it back. In a live class, you can be so busy taking notes that you miss key parts. The weekly modules have all been pre-recorded in HD and are released on a weekly basis during the program. Once they are made available, they remain available. We guarantee a minimum of 12-months, however all of our students dating back to 2013 continue to have access.

    The live streams will be available until the end of December.

    The beauty of the program being online is that it should be quite easy, no matter where you are in the world to put aside three hours in the week to watch the module videos and live stream class! If it appears that a student did not watch and participate in full, we reserve the right to withhold certification.

  • I really just want to learn how to cook and I’m not interested in using this professionally. Is this program for me?

    You bet! Cooking is a skill we all should have. We offer the option to take this program for personal interest at the honorary level. If you choose this option, you will not be required to do any of the homework and can self-direct your learning with the help of the video content.

  • I will be away for two weeks during the program. Is this okay? Can I make these classes up?

    Life happens. We know this. We also ask that are students consider what they have planned for the period of mid-September to mid-December when the program is running.

    It is expected that if you are going on holidays or have a scheduling conflict, that you connect with your program coach as soon as possible to work out an optimal plan with assignments so as not to fall behind. As we give out the course syllabus and all assignments and deadlines in the first week of the program, it makes it very easy to make arrangements to meet the due dates. That being said, we also appreciate that unexpected things do come up in life. It will be your responsibility to connect with your Program Coach and determine the best course of action together.

    We are firm with deadlines for three main reasons:

    1. We run the classes in a timed way in order for community and connection to form amongst our students which has proven vital to the program’s success and our students’ success.
    2. Assignments and classes build upon each other. We do not want to waste our time, or the time of other students answering questions that have been covered in previous course content.
    3. We are training you for a professional environment and often you will be working with people who have challenged health situations. We don’t want this experience to be about getting by or aiming for a certain grade, but about the information. We want to feel confident that you have done the work and have the knowledge to be an effective and successful Culinary Nutrition Expert.
  • Is there an age requirement for the program?

    We appreciate and love that young adults are getting into good food and have a passion for sharing a healthy lifestyle.

    Students of all ages are welcome to register in the honorary level of the program with the option to upgrade to the certified level upon turning 18. We do however welcome students who will be 18 by the time of graduation. For students registering who are not yet 18, please email us directly at info@culinarynutrition.com. In order to process your application, we will first require a letter of confirmation from your parent/guardian.

  • I don’t know the first thing about cooking. Is that okay?

    There is some expectation that you at least know the first thing. You should be familiar with how to steam vegetables, make a pot of rice or quinoa, and do some simple stuff beyond taking something from the freezer and putting it in the microwave. Some general cooking classes at the local high school or community centre could be helpful. But if you are ready to dive in, be prepared to learn, and potentially spend a little extra time in the kitchen for the extra learning, we see no reason why you won’t be able to handle this.

  • I want to do the program with a friend, can we sign up together?

    You sure can sign up together, at the same time, but you each need to sign up. The Culinary Nutrition Expert program is an individualized program in that each registrant will receive their own access password and account in the program. If you wish to register with a friend, you will each need to purchase the program. The legality around this is available in our Terms and Conditions

  • I would like to offer the Culinary Nutrition Expert program to the staff at my organization -- is this possible?

    That’s awesome! If anyone in your organization would like to take the Culinary Nutrition Expert program or offer it to your staff as part of their training and/or personal development, each person is required to individually register. That being said, we also have group rate options for five or more members at the same company. You can contact us at info@culinarynutrition.com to inquire about group registration rates.

  • What are the payment plan options? Can I suggest my own that works for my budget?

    There is a 5-month payment plan option available until mid-May, a 3-month payment plan option available until mid-July, and a one-time payment option available. Payment plans include a 10% administrative fee. We cannot accommodate individual payment plan requests. There are no payment plans available for the honorary level.

  • I’m really bad with deadlines. Will this be a problem?

    We have a strict deadline policy on all assignments. This is a professional level program, and for this reason we expect our students to uphold a level of professionalism both in the program and upon completion. We want to ensure that all of our students that carry the Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert title, work effectively in all they do. Late work for clients is not acceptable. And late work for the CNE program means the risk of losing the certification title.

  • I don’t like researching or writing papers. Is that part of the program?

    This could be a potential issue. This is a professional program and as such there is the expectation that you can write a paper, follow written directions, spell check and proofread your own work and hand in all assignments at a calibre that you would be proud of. We do not accept sloppy work. If you’re not into assignments, then the Honorary program is likely the better fit. That being said, you will still have access to the assignments and can do them at your own pace and you will learn a ton if you are disciplined enough to do this.

  • Do you offer scholarships for the program?

    Each term, we are thrilled to be able to offer several Culinary Nutrition Expert scholarships, targeted towards the strengths and interests of the wide scope of interest of our students.

    You can find more information about our Culinary Nutrition Expert scholarships here. The scholarship applications for the 2019 program will be released in the spring of 2019.

  • If I sign up for one level, but later wish to upgrade, can I do that?

    You bet!

    For example, if you register for the Honorary level and before the program begins you decide that you would like the Certified Professional level, you would simply pay the tuition difference. If you are on a payment plan, we would invoice you for the balance and keep your payment plan as is.

    Once the program starts, it is very difficult to upgrade from Honorary to Certified as the workload is rather heavy. Honorary students who wish to upgrade would pay the $950 upgrading fee and join the program as a Certified student the following term.

    Certified students who wish to upgrade to the Professional level to take part in the business training, can have the option to do so, but it will depend on whether there remains space available.

  • Can I register for the business program later?

    Yes, but there’s a small catch! If you do not upgrade prior to the start of the program in September, as outlined in the previous question, you will have the opportunity to register for the Biz Rocking Insider Program later. We typically open registration to Culinary Nutrition Experts in November for the January business component.

    There is a $250 savings on Biz Rocking when you register as a Professional level or Deluxe student. (The Certified Professional and Certified Deluxe levels include Biz Rocking in the tuition).

    Learn more about the Biz Rocking Insider Program here.

  • Can I become a Certified Instructor

    You bet! Upon successful completion of the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program, you can enrol as a Certified Instructor and get access to the Teaching Resources Portal.

    There is a $180 savings on the Teaching Resources Portal when you register at the Deluxe Level.

    Learn more about becoming an instructor here.

     

  • Can I get a refund? What happens if I change my mind after I enrol, or once the program begins?

    The Culinary Nutrition Expert program is for serious students only, and we fully believe that if you do the work and practice what you learn, you’ll see enormous gains in your applied culinary nutrition knowledge, your health and your life. With that in mind, we offer a 90% refund after the first six weeks of the program. For more information about our refund policy, please review our Culinary Nutrition Expert Program Terms & Conditions.

    We will not issue refunds under any other circumstances unless set out specifically in the Terms and Conditions, no exceptions. If you aren’t sure whether the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program is right for you, please review the course materials carefully, and send us any questions before enrolling.

  • Is this program recognized by provincial/state/national boards?

    This program grants you the certification as a Culinary Nutrition Expert, which enables you to practice as a Culinary Nutrition Expert. There are no government certifying bodies or regulation boards of any kind in Canada or the US that govern culinary nutrition education. There is only government regulation on university degree-level dietetics/nutrition/health programs.

    At this time, this program does not fall within the professional guidelines as set by self-run, self-governed professional groups, and we have elected to stop pursuing this avenue as our students’ success after completing this program has proven that such associations were unnecessary for professional success and credibility as a Culinary Nutrition Expert.

  • I’ve taken nutrition courses before and didn’t get much out of them. Will this be different?

    As with any education program, you will get out as much as you put in. Meghan teaches with loads of enthusiasm, passion and knowledge. There is also a high expectation of your own independent learning. We will guide you to great resources and some of our favourite websites, experts, events and books, but success and getting loads out of this program also requires your commitment to making that happen. If you typically don’t enjoy the courses you register for, before registering for this one, please familiarize yourself with our Terms & Conditions..