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Certified Nutrition Manager

Some people think that because they graduated from a recognized program, and are working as a Nutrition Manager, that they are Certified. This is not true. Only those who have fulfilled the certification and renewal requirements of the Canadian Council of Professional Certification (CCPC Global) may do so. Certification is granted to professionals working in their specific disciplines who have met the standards of CCPC Global.

General Requirements

The applicant for certification must be a member in good standing with the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management. Holding a membership in CSNM signifies a CNM applicant meets the education requirement for certification, defined as:

  1. Having graduated from a CSNM Accredited College Program in Food Service and Nutrition Management as listed on the CSNM website.
  2. Or having graduated from another post-secondary program which has been demonstrated to contain essential elements of Food Service and Nutrition Management.

Purpose of Certification

The purpose of certification for the Nutrition Manager is to recognize those who have acquired an advanced level of training, skills, work experience, and effectiveness as a Nutrition Manager.

Under Federal Charter, the CCPC issues professional credentials to those who qualify in their respective field. The CCPC has entered into an agreement with the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management to be the third party examiner for the certification of their membership.

The Certified Nutrition Manager (CNM) certificate will be issued to those who apply and are approved by the CCPC examining Board.

The focus is:

  1. To provide an avenue for CSNM members who have studied, worked, and developed skills in the nutrition management field to receive professional recognition.
  2. To provide the public and their employers with confidence that professional managers have attained an advanced level of competency.
  3. To provide Certified Managers with encouragement and opportunity for continual
  4. education and professional development.

Who may be certified?

CSNM members may apply for credentials as a Certified Nutrition Manager (CNM). However, he or she must be able to meet the Standard Criteria for education and experience set by the Examining Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Certification.

Experience Required

The Canadian Council of Professional Certification and CSNM have set the following standards for the experience portion of the certification process:
The CNM applicant must have the equivalent of 4000 hours full time paid work experience. All experience must be documented.
Experience is described as work done at a professional level in the field of nutrition management, or in a related field, as defined by the CSNM.
A printout from your CSNM web account, listing CE points earned in the past year, is sufficient for renewal purposes and must accompany your renewal notice. Emailed PDFs are also acceptable.

Professional Responsibilities

The applicant pledges to:

  1. Adhere to the established CSNM code of ethics and professionalism which holds them accountable for ethical behaviour and professionalism in their relationships with clients, colleagues and external partners;
  2. Maintain federal, provincial, and agency regulations concerning nutritional management by following proper procedures to preserve the client’s rights;
  3. Continue the process of professional growth and development by assessing their training needs and obtaining the necessary education.

Professional References

All applications must be accompanied by two professional references, excluding their direct supervisor. All references are for the purpose of assisting the Examining Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Certification (CCPC) to make a fair and complete evaluation of the competency of the applicant.
All references are treated with strict professional confidentiality.
They should be addressed to the Canadian Council of Professional Certification and included with the application under confidential cover.
These two current written references should include the following information concerning the applicant:

  1. How has the applicant demonstrated reliability?
  2. Give examples of the applicant’s ability to work with others.
  3. How informed is the applicant about the Nutrition Management field?
  4. Comment on the communication skills of the applicant.
  5. Comment on the applicant’s ethical (professional) conduct.

The CCPC reserves the right to request additional information if required.

Supervisor Letter and Evaluation

All applications must be accompanied by a letter from your current supervisor on employer letterhead. The letter should confirm your position title, qualifications, length of time in position, and a confirmation of the number of hours of work experience as outlined in the Experience section of the Manual. A completed Supervisor Evaluation and a copy of the applicant’s job description should be submitted in a separate envelope.

Keep a Record of your Application

It is recommended that all applicants maintain a personal file for their records. This file should contain copies of all of the following documents: the completed application; all past and current training-related transcripts, diplomas, and certificates; and a record of hours worked both in education and training and in work experience. The CCPC performs periodic checks of those certifications which require continual training or minimum hours worked.

How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for any of our certifications, simply visit the CCPC Global site (http://www.ccpcglobal.com/certification/certified-nutrition-manager-cnm/) and follow the steps.

 

CSNM Certification Portfolio Manager
Daphne Spear