Childhood Nutrition Specialist



Childhood Nutrition Online Course

CEC / Specialization Course

Learn About the Impact of Nutrients on Growth & Development. Designed to Help Children Thrive.  This course also includes pre and postnatal nutrition.

Despite awareness on the part of parents to growing rates of obesity and inactivity with children, many parents are still confused about what makes for healthy childhood nutrition. What is a healthy intake, and how do we guarantee that the food their eating is nutritionally dense?

After completing the individual Childhood Nutrition course you will receive a certificate of completion.  In combination with the Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach program and/or the Holistic Nutritionist program, you will receive a diploma and the Childhood Nutrition Specialist designation.   Enrolment options are listed further down this course page.

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  • Individual Course Hours:  120
  • Credits:  35
  • Accreditation: The individual course is recognized internationally by the Health Coach Alliance as a CE credit course and the full Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach Specializing in Childhood Nutrition program qualifies for the Registered Health & Nutrition Counsellor (RHNC™) and Registered Health Coach (RHC™) designations.  The full program also qualifies for the RNC designation through the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Professionals.

Food Matters

6 in 10 Children don’t meet their daily requirement of fruit

9 in 10 Children don’t meet their daily requirement of vegetables

Studies have been consistently shown that children who eat a healthy breakfast and those who have high nutrients status do better in school and report less behavioural problems than their undernourished counterparts.

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Course Details

Concern is rapidly on the rise over the eating habits of our children. This is in part due to the increasing rates of childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, ADHD, over-medicated children, and autism in addition to the awareness of how the health of our youngest generation will drastically impact the future.

Many parents and caregivers find nutrition confusing, and seek information from a wide array of sources – often conflicting. It is critical that the focus on childhood nutrition grows and practitioners have solid expertise in this area.

The course begins with pre and postnatal nutrition principles and works its way through to the teen years.

Duration of Course:

This course can be completed within 8-12 weeks based on 7-10 hours per week of study time, but you may complete it sooner if you have more time available for learning.   Though this course was designed to be completed within a 3 month period, you have 6 months of access in the portal ensuring those with the busiest schedules have enough time.  Please be mindful of your timeline.  You will receive a reminder a week before access will close and at that time you can reach out for an extension if needed.

You have a maximum of 12 months to complete the full Holistic Nutrition Coach program if you are taking this course as part of the program.  All specialization courses are taken after the core program is completed.

Included in Tuition:

Partial learning materials, study guides, and reference materials

Testing and exams

Full student support

Student account & access to Online Learning Portal

Online forums & live chat rooms to connect with other students

Certificate upon graduation


You must complete a lesson test after each lesson, and a proctored final exam upon completion of the course. Students must score 80% or higher to pass the course.


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  • This course is critical not only for nutrition & health practitioners who work or are planning on working with children but is also an invaluable resource for parents, daycare staff, teachers, foster parents, coaches or children’s sports teams.

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  • Upon completion of the course, you will receive a completion certificate. Upon completion of all the required courses in the Holistic Nutritionist program, you will receive an official designation and beautifully stamped diploma in the mail listing you as a Certified Nutrition & Health Coach Specializing in Childhood Nutrition. Graduates of the full program qualify for registration status and professional membership and liability insurance through various organizations including, CAIN, NANP and CEBHC.

  • How long is this course?

    You have 6 weeks to complete the course but may complete it sooner if time permits in your schedule.

    Do I need any previous training to take this course?

    This course can be taken after completing the Tier 1 Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach program or equivalent. If you have taken a comparable program you are welcome to submit a copy of your transcript.

Topics Covered in This Course Include:

    • Fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K)
    • Essential fats and fats to avoid
    • The gut connection and setting the child up for lifelong good health
    • Milk or no mil, the calcium connection and alternate calcium sources
    • The soy controversy
    • Milk alternatives – comparisons & recommendations
    • Iron needs & sources
    • Iodine, growth, and healthy thyroid
    • ADHD and the role of brain critical nutrients
    • Drug-free solutions for ADHD
    • Preservatives, additives & common reactions, food sensitivities & allergies
    • Nutrients and behaviour management
    • Protein for growth, mood, and immunity
    • The effects of sugar & simple carbohydrates
    • School, food choices, & learning
    • Essential nutrients for supercharged concentration, memory, and IQ
    • Determining if a child is overweight and how is obesity tested in children
    • Causes of childhood obesity and what should be done.
    • Why diets are not the answer for children and what to do instead
    • Weight, diet and activity – making positive, lifelong changes
    • The role of parents and leading by example
    • What day of food looks like for each age group; including healthy, kid-friendly recipes the whole family will love



Method of Course Delivery:

Upon registration, you will receive a user id and password to your student account on our Online Learning Portal.   Your student account is mobile responsive allowing you to study on the go from anywhere in the world!

  • All materials for this course materials are in your account ready for viewing online or to download
  • All testing is conveniently submitted online
  • You have access to a global community of classmates via the online forums and live chat rooms

You can learn more about what to expect from online learning in our Prospective Students resource area.

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  • Single Course Enrollment

    Single Course

    Childhood Nutrition Essentials

    Prerequisite: Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach program

  • Holistic Nutrition Coach Certification Specializing in Childhood Nutrition

    This program package covers the following:

    1) Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach Certification

    • Fundamentals of Integrative Nutrition
    • Principals of Holistic Health & Nutritional Medicine
    • Nutrition Sciences
    • Meal Planning & Coaching Essentials
    • Business Blueprint

    2) Childhood Nutrition course

    ** To enrol in the full 2 Tier Holistic Nutritionist program with the childhood specialty, click HERE


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Full Program Information

Now that you have learned about the childhood nutrition course, visit the Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach page to learn more about what is included in the program portion, which in combination with the individual course, qualifies you for the Childhood Nutrition Specialist diploma.  

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