Certified Natural Products Advisor Course


Register for the CNPA Course

CHFA is pleased to offer the Certified Natural Products Advisor (CNPA) course. This is a comprehensive, distance-learning course that equips retail staff and sales representatives with credible knowledge to provide exceptional and informed customer service.

CNPA was designed and written by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, exclusively for CHFA. CHFA Members receive special pricing, which has been recently reduced. CNPA is now available in French.

In its fifth edition, CNPA was designed and written by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), exclusively for CHFA. The course builds on a solid foundation in chemistry and biology, essential for professionals who are involved in discussions about health concerns. The curriculum is current and the most complete, science-based course of its kind in Canada for health food retailers.

Students who complete the CNPA course will learn the following topics:

  1. Applied health science: how the body works and how supplements affect it;
  2. Nutrition: how supplements work and how to compare nutritional properties of different foods;
  3. Communication: how to evaluate the risk of using natural products and a CNPA’s role in providing product information;
  4. Herbology: the study of herbs and recognizing their common uses.

Students have one year to complete this self-paced course. Upon completion of the course, both the student and the natural health products business they currently work for are eligible to use the CNPA designation.

For more information or to register for the CNPA course, please email info@chfa.ca or call 1.800.661.4510.


Curriculum Overview

Chapter Summary
The Health Food Store Employee The difference between prescribing and providing information, and how to effectively balance the customers’ thirst for knowledge with the legal restraints placed on you by Canadian law.
Introduction to Nutrition Basic and advanced nutritional concepts and the role nutrition plays in our overall health.
Introduction to Botanical Medicine Basic philosophies of herbal medicine, the use of specific plants and their actions in the body, and the properties of different herbal preparations.
Cardiovascular System Basic physiology of the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic system. The pathophysiology of common conditions, as well as natural health products considered for each.
Gastrointestinal System Overview of the basic anatomy of the gastrointestinal system and common conditions related to the gastrointestinal system.
Nervous System Basic concepts of neuroanatomy, common conditions of the nervous system and psychiatric disorders.
Immune System The physiology and anatomy of the immune system, as well as common remedies for enhancing the immune system.
Respiratory System The anatomy of the lungs and chest cavity, as well as herbal treatments used for common respiratory conditions.
Integumentary System The physiology and function of the skin, as well as herbal treatments used for common skin conditions.

Chapter One: The Health Food Store Employee
The difference between prescribing and providing information, and how to effectively balance the customers’ thirst for knowledge with the legal restraints placed on you by Canadian law.

Chapter Two: Introduction to Nutrition
Basic and advanced nutritional concepts and the role nutrition plays in our overall health.

Chapter Three: Introduction to Botanical Medicine
Basic philosophies of herbal medicine, the use of specific plants and their actions in the body, and the properties of different herbal preparations.

Chapter Four: Cardiovascular System
Basic physiology of the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic system. The pathophysiology of common conditions, as well as natural health products considered for each.

Chapter Five: Gastrointestinal System
Overview of the basic anatomy of the gastrointestinal system and common conditions related to the gastrointestinal system.

Chapter Six: Nervous System
Basic concepts of neuroanatomy, common conditions of the nervous system and psychiatric disorders.

Chapter Seven: Immune System
The physiology and anatomy of the immune system, as well as common remedies for enhancing the immune system.

Chapter Eight: Respiratory System
The anatomy of the lungs and chest cavity, as well as herbal treatments used for common respiratory conditions.

Chapter Nine: Integumentary System
The physiology and function of the skin, as well as herbal treatments used for common skin conditions.


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