What is a CNP?


Someone who uses the designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP), has completed over 1000 hours of study, including practical work experience, and is a designation given exclusively to graduates of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. The instructors of IHN are naturopathic doctors, or previous graduates of IHN with at least two years of post graduate work experience. Instructors of IHN go above and beyond course material to provide additional insight, and students of IHN are educated and trained for clinical practice upon graduation. Many CNP’s will also use the word holistic which means; understanding the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms. The IHN curriculum is comprised of 19 courses, including subjects such as Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, Preventative Health, Body Metabolism, Fitness and Sports Nutrition, Nutritional Pathology, Holistic Food Preparation, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology of Disease, Nutritional Sympomatology.  

After graduation a CNP can or will:

  • design an individualized nutrition program that respects your unique biochemistry, food sensitivities and intolerances to help you build and maintain wellness
  • help you establish healthier eating habits incorporating the latest nutritional breakthroughs and personalized supplement programs
  • help educate you about whole food eating for optimum health and energy
  • consider environmental pollution, metal toxicity, micro-organism imbalances, and other factors that can contribute to your body’s total toxic load and can perpetuate chronic disease
  • help educate you on how to support your body’s natural detoxification processes to help eliminate wastes and toxins that can damage cells, tissues, and organs
  • help you with lifestyle changes that incorporate the many benefits of regular exercise, better cardio and lung capacity, more energy, muscle tone, posture improvement, stress release, weight control, and mood enhancement

Certified Nutritional Practitioners may also apply to become members of professional associations. One such organization is the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC) which includes two additional designations being, Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP), and Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RNCP). The members are certified by IONC, a voluntary nonprofit incorporated organization founded in 1983. IONC was created to assist public awareness about making the best possible scientific based food choices for long-term health, and to regulate the standards of education for its nutritional professional members.