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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQs)

 

Table of Contents

General FAQ

  1. When was CSNM formed?
  2. Why should I become a CSNM member?
  3. How does CSNM practice its values?
  4. How long will it take to process my application?
  5. How can I earn Continuing Education points?
  6. How many Continuing Education (CE) points do I need in order to renew my 'active' membership?
  7. How do I verify my CE points when it is time to renew my membership?
  8. Why do CE points/quizzes have to be done by December 31, when the membership renewal isn't due until March 31?
  9. Is it true that the Board members are volunteers?
  10. How can I become a volunteer with CSNM?

Student FAQ

  1. How do I become a student member?
  2. What are the benefits to becoming a student member?
  3. What information do I need to include with my application?
  4. Once I become a student member what can I do to ensure I get the benefits of being a member of CSNM?

Certification FAQ

  1. What is CCPC?
  2. Why does CSNM use CCPC for certification?
  3. Why should I become a CNM?
  4. How do I apply to become a Certified Nutrition Manager?
  5. When can I apply for certification?
  6. When and how can I renew my certification?
  7. How many CE points do I need to renew my certification?
  8. Do I count my Continuing Education points for my annual renewal from the CE point Year (January 1-December 31 of the previous year) or from my date of becoming a Certified Nutrition Manager?
  9. Where / how can I earn the CE points?
  10. Will I receive pins and certificates as a Certified Nutrition Manager?
  11. I was a CNM under the old Certification program. How do I apply for the new process?

Student Scholarship FAQ

  1. What are the student requirements to apply for the scholarship?
  2. What are my odds of winning the scholarship?
  3. Where do I get a copy of the application form?
  4. What documents must I include?
  5. Is there any cost involved?
  6. What criteria will applicants be reviewed and graded on?
  7. What is the deadline for submission?
  8. Who makes the decision on choosing the winners?
  9. When is the winning submission announced?

 

General FAQ

1. When was CSNM formed?
The Association started in 1965 to promote and represent the profession of Food and Nutrition Managers across Canada.

2. Why should I become a CSNM member?

Our members work together to:

  1. Oversee the Accredited programs in Nutrition Management across Canada.
  2. Provide our members with a national standard of competence in Nutrition Management through our Certification program.
  3. Provide our members with Continuing Education (CE) through conferences, quarterly magazine, webinars, website and monthly e-News.
  4. Sharing best practices, career development, mentorship, social networks, in affilliation with industry partners through a variety of networking opportunities.
  5. Professional designation - Active members use the NM (Nutrition Manager) designation.  Certified members use the CNM (Certified Nutrition Manager) designation 
  6. Volunteer opportunities - leadership, development, committees and governance

3. How does CSNM practice its values?

Our CSNM members volunteer on a variety of committees that work to achieve strategies outlined in our Strategic Plan :

  • Membership - To retain, attract and support CSNM members to ensure the continued growth and success of the profession.
  • Lobbying/Advocacy - Influence the federal, provincial governments and educational institutions to recognize the expertise of Nutrition Managers in the areas of risk management, safety, food service management, healthy eating and nutrition.
  • Technology - Ensure our technology infrastructure supports nutrition management information that is easily accessible to our members.
  • Education - To establish and maintain high standards of knowledge and competence to encourage personal and professional growth of our members.
  • Marketing - Create a strong brand which will increase our recognition and presence in the marketplace. 

4. How long does it take to process my membership application?

Membership applications are processed within 7-14 days.  If you do not hear from us after that time, please e-mail csnm@csnm.ca  to inquire about your application.

5. How can I earn Continuing Education points?

  • Read CSNM’s magazine (link to magazine) and complete quizzes through your Online Profile. (link to login)
  • Sign in or fill out evaluations at conferences and any of CSNM’s over 175 approved seminars, workshops, webinars, webcasts, exhibits and food shows. Event organizers will notify CSNM of your attendance. (link to events calendar)

For Certified Nutrition Managers - all of the above plus:

  • completing external education courses; once completed, fill out the Continuing Education Tracking Form, Section XIV and attach the form to your CCPC Renewal Form.
  • volunteering on a CSNM committee; get a letter from the chair of that committee, fill out the Continuing Education Tracking Form, Section XIV, and attach both the letter and the form to your CCPC Renewal Form

6. How many Continuing Education (CE) points do I need in order to renew my 'active' membership?

  • Active members need to earn 8 CE points each year, at least 1 point from each of our 8 Core Competencies.
  • Certified members must earn 16 CE Points annually; the first 8 from each competency area, the remaining 8 CE points over at least 4 competencies.

7. How do I verify my CE points when it is time to renew my membership?

  • Login to the membership area of the CSNM websitee, click on Continuing Education Transcripts and then choose the year you want to view (i.e. 2-12 transcripts). Then scroll to the bottom and click on Print PDF to print the CE point page.
  • Attach it to your application or renewal form and submit to CCPC

8. Why do CE points/quizzes have to be done by December 31, when the membership renewal isn't due until March 31?

The CSNM membership year runs from April 1 - March 31 and our invoices for membership renewals are distributed in January. In order to determine if our members are eligible to renew,  our CE period has to end in December to ensure our members attained 8 CE points each year.

9. Is it true that the Board members are volunteers?

Yes, all of the CSNM board members are volunteers that have a keen interest in the business of the Society.

10. I'm interested in voluntering with the CSNM, what opportunities are available and who do I contact?

The CSNM has a variety of commitees and opportunities available.  

  • Membership  - reviewing and approving new applicants to the Society
  • Continuing Education -  reviewing and approving continuing education opportunities for our members
  • Examination Committee - reviewing and marking entrance exams 
  • Marketing  - working together to create a strong brand in the marketplace
  • Lobbying/Advocacy - working towards influencing federal and provincial governments to promote the expertise of Nutrition Managers
  • Certification - presentations on certification to membership, schools and employers
  • Member Communications  - reviewing/writing articles for our magazine, updates to website, e-News and more
  • By-laws, Policies and Procedures - reviewing and updating by-laws, policies and procedures

If you have a keen interest or are able to assist with any of these areas please contact our office at csnm@csnm.ca .  Our Society would not exist without the countless efforts of our outstanding volunteers!

 

Student FAQ

11. How do I become a student member?

Student Membership is only available to students enrolled in a CSNM Accredited Program . Apply online - membership is guaranteed for students from accredited programs. Information on student membership will be shared with you in your first year of study as well.

What does a student membership cost?

The cost of a Student Membership is $40 for the duration of your program. This fee includes all the benefits of membership while you are a student PLUS it covers the Active Member application fee ($40 value) should you apply for Active Membership within two years of graduating.

12. What are the benefits to becoming a student member?

  • Receive a subscription to the Food Service and Nutrition magazine (4 publications a year).
  • Reduced student rates for conference registration fees.
  • As a student member you automatically become a member of HCI with members only access to iEntree.com which is an international job database where you can post your resume for review by recruiters from across the globe and also review job global job postings. You will also receive their quarterly newsletter.
  • You will have an opportunity to apply for a $1500.00 CSNM National Scholarship (3 bursaries are awarded each year).
  • You can stay on top of national industry news and trends
  • Opportunities to network with other students and members at CSNM events.

13. What information do I need to include with my application?

  • Your school name and location
  • Your anticipated graduation date
  • Mailing and e-mail address
  • $40.00 non refundable application fee

14. Once I become a student member what can I do to ensure I get the benefits of being a member of CSNM?

  • Routinely access the website for updates and valuable links that could be of use to you in your assignments.
  • Access the e-newsletters and read the magazines on timely topics that could assist you with classroom assignments or as a resource for additional information.
  • Discuss with your classmates and instructors articles and other information that you have accessed from the various sources.
  • If you have a change in address, login and click on “Edit Profile” to make any changes to your address or notify the Main Office.
  • If you are in your last half of your program, be sure to apply for the CSNM National Scholarship for an opportunity to win $1500.

 

Certification FAQ

15. What is CCPC?

  • The Canadian Council of Professional Certification is a non-profit, professional organization established for the purpose of recognizing the accomplishments of professionals working in their specific disciplines.

16. Why does CSNM use CCPC for certification?

  • CSNM wanted an unbiased organization to oversee the certification process and CCPC is able to meet that need.

17. Why should I become a CNM?

  • You will hold the highest level of certification available in the Nutrition Management field.
  • CNM designation is an opportunity for promotion, as well as career and industry growth.

18. How do I apply to become a Certified Nutrition Manager?

Go to http://www.ccpcglobal.com/certification/certified-nutrition-manager-cnm/
Download the manual and the forms
Complete the application
Mail the completed application and fees to CCPC

19. When can I apply for certification?
Once you have 4000 hours paid full time work experience and completed 16 CE points (with at least one in each competency area)

20. When and how can I renew my certification?

  • Your annual renewal date is the anniversary date of your becoming a CNM.
  • CCPC will send you renewal information approximately 1 month prior.

21. How many CE points do I need to renew my certification?

  • CNM’s must earn 16 CE points annually to maintain their certification
  • at least one point must be earned in each of the 8 competency areas, with the remaining points being in any combination from at least 4 different competencies.

22. Do I count my Continuing Education points for my annual renewal from the CE point Year (January 1-December 31 of the previous year) or from my date of becoming a Certified Nutrition Manager?

  • Points are counted from January 1- December 31 of the previous year. For example: if you apply in 2011, then your 16 points must have been earned from January 1-December 31, 2010.

23. As a volunteer on a CSNM committee, how do I receive the Continuing Education (CE) point as credit?

  • Apply through your chair person to the Education committee to have your participation verified; fill out the CE Tracking Form, Section XIV and attach it to you CCPC Renewal Form

24. Will I receive pins and certificates as a Certified Nutrition Manager?

  • CCPC provides a certificate and a stamp.
  • CSNM will send out CNM pins to new CNM’s

25. I was a CNM under the old Certification program. How do I apply for the new process?

  • As of January 1, 2013, you are required to complete the full application and pay the full application fees set out by CCPC.

 

Student Scholarship FAQ

26. What are the student requirements to apply for the scholarship?

You must be a CSNM student member, enrolled in your second year of your program. Refer to Student FAQ for additional information on our scholarship.

27. What are my odds of winning the scholarship?

The CSNM awards 3 bursaries @ $1500 each. At the start of each term it is estimated that the CSNM has approximately 180-200 students that are enrolled in the second year of their program. Depending on how many students apply, your odds of winning are quite good.

28. Where do I get a copy of the application form?

The Scholarship Application Form is available online Click Here for a copy.

29. What documents must I include?

  • Completed application form
  • A one page typed essay describing your career motivation, goals and objectives
  • Your current resume
  • The faculty recommendation form, completed by the Program Director or Academic Advisor returned to you in a sealed envelope
  • The course outline and your most up to date school transcript

30. Is there any cost involved?

Depending on the Facility, there might be a cost in obtaining your transcript and/or the cost of a postage stamp when you mail in your application form.

31. What criteria will applicants be reviewed and graded on?

A point system based on the following:

  • Career Objectives    25 Points
  • Work Experience & Employer Recommendations   25 Points
  • Facility Recommendations   25 Points
  • Scholastic Ability   25 Points

Applicants are scored on their work experience within the foodservice and nutrition management industry, financial need, scholastic ability and their demonstrated commitment to the industry.

32. What is the deadline for submission?

Deadline for submitting your application is July 1st.

33. Who makes the decision on choosing the winners?

The CSNM Honors and Awards Committee selects the winners of the bursary. The committee is made up of the following Board Members:

  • Past President ( Chairperson)
  • President-Elect
  • One Provincial Representative
    President

34. When is the winning submission announced?

The winners of the Bursaries will be announced in September of each year