FAQ and Q&A

About the Training

Do you have to be a certified nutritionist?

No. The program is open to professionals in practice that make diet and nutrition recommendations. Our Members include nutrition consultants, dietitians, as well as medical doctors, naturopaths, nurses, health coaches, and more. You bring your own credentials – our program is not a credentialing program. It is an advanced nutrition course geared towards active practitioners from varied disciplines. The course provides acumen and tools that augment existing healthcare credentials. Practitioners can become listed in our Practitioner Directory.

Other passionate individuals gain access to our courses: parents (Nourishing Hope MOMs) aiding the health of their families/children, special diet chefs, researchers, and others – who do not attain Certification through the Institute. The can however, appear in our Community Directory as valued community resource and support avenues.

Our Online Directory separates Practitioners from Community resources, so individuals /patients can find exactly the help they need. .

Does this course certify me to practice nutrition?

No. This training does not provide certification to legally practice nutrition. To practice nutrition, individuals must have a primary nutrition certification and must follow the laws in their state and country. SEE PREVIOUS QUESTION

Can international people participate in this course?

Yes. This course is fully online so people can participant from any country and any time zone. We have Members from 46 nations. And, as with those in the United States, you should ensure to follow the laws in your own country regarding specific scope of practice.

Who gets listed in the Online directory?

Practitioners can become listed in our Practitioner Directory when theyy pass the comprehensive exam after each course. Other individuals and resources can become listed in our Community Directory. SEE EARLIER QUESTION

Enrollment process…

When you enroll in the BioIndividual Nutrition Training, ALL course Modules and content are available to you, as is the link to the exam, and the ability to immediately create your online profile – which initially is shared with other Members, and you can join the Member’s private Facebook group to connect and present questions.

  • The course is designed to be “taken” accordingly: proceeding through modules sequentially, engaging the reading along the way. Initially the course was delivered weekly, and many new students align with a weekly schedule because they can work it in. Others dive in, and complete the whole course in a month – the variance is tremendous, as it should be – since each professional’s life is unique. The training course empowers clinicians in many ways.
  • The exam should be taken when you are ready; after completing all modules and feeling comfortable with the learning from the course. There are 50 multiple choice questions, drawn from the content of the course (no sneaky questions from readings). You have 60 minutes to complete the exam, closed book, you cannot reference course content while taking the exam. Ninety percent correct is required to pass. Any wrongly answered questions are shown to you after the exam; you can review them and take the exam again. That is, if you don’t pass the exam the first time, you can take it twice more. Once you pass the exam, your online profile becomes public in our online directory.

Is there a certain timeframe to complete the course?

No. Both courses are available to study “at-your-own-pace.” Course modules should be completed in sequence, and you have as much time as needed to proceed through the course. You have unlimited access to the course content and materials.

What is the time commitment to complete the course?

The total time varies from person to person. On average, a Module takes 2 ½ hours to watch/listen to the material. Additionally, there is reading and research you’ll be interested in exploring related to each module. Each person’s learning style differs – some people choose to do one module per week (similar to attending a university class), while others prefer a couple modules per month. Some time-available go-getters dive in and go faster. There is a lot of information to learn and apply, be sure to proceed at whatever pace works for YOU.

Is there an exam for this course? Is it open book? Is there a minimum pass rate?

Members that wish to be listed in our online Practitioner Directory must pass a comprehensive exam after the course. It is a closed book, timed, exam that requires a passing score of 90%.

What if I don’t pass the first time?

You have three chances to pass the exam. If you don’t pass, the incorrect questions are revealed to help you further study the material.


Are CEUs available?

Those associated with the Nutritional Therapy Association can earn 24 CEUs for each course. Many of their graduates have enrolled and benefitted from the course.

What about other schools/organizations?

We’re fully open to working with any organization, though do not currently have the capacity to pro-actively reach out to this/that one (hopefully soon, since the need/opportunity is tremendous). I’ve chatted with many Members (those enrolled in the course….) also seeking CEUs, leaving (for now) it up to them to learn what’s required for CEUs at their organization, then connecting with us to see if we can align/make it happen.

We’re quite transparent and fully support efforts at accreditation. Feel free chat more with us about this…

TOP Questions asked…

1) I’ve already done a ton of training programs, completed a nutrition certification, and taken several other online courses. So I’m already familiar with and use these special diets in my practice.  Do I need this training?

Yes! All of our graduates already have a primary certification and education in nutrition. Most of our students are are nutrition professionals and others are doctors or naturopaths who use therapeutic diets in their practice. Our graduates have told us that this training is like nothing else they have taken.

The course material goes far beyond what is taught in any nutrition school or certification program out there, or what you’re able to learn on your own.

For example, you may enroll already knowing about low phenol diets, but during the training program, you will learn details about how to help you clients implement that diet, how it works, why it works, what the underlying biochemistry is, so you can also determine nutrients they might need or additional support.

Julie Matthews, the course creator, has worked with these special diets for over 15 years, so she adds her clinical expertise to the 20-40 years of published data on each diet.

Another example is the Failsafe diet… you will learn many variations of this life-changing diet that are used in clinical practice, such as modified versions, Failsafe vs. Feingold diet, more restrictive versus less restrictive food lists, several ways to implement it depending on the client and other limitations, different strategies on how to challenge foods back in, troubleshooting which food chemical is the problem, implementing low salicylate only vs low amine only with a more strict and less strict list of foods.

In addition, the case studies will help you understand the thinking about how to apply the right diet or multiple diets into a strategic nutrition plan.

Diving deeper into each diet, you’ll also learn nutrients that can support the biological pathways to improve tolerance, lifestyle changes that support these pathways, other reasons they may be depleted, such as dysbiosis and how to address it, as well as how to implement this into a larger nutrition strategy plan.

All this detail learning how to make modifications for each client is based on many years of clinical experience and simply cannot be obtained from books or internet research!

Accelerate your learning by condensing my 15 years of clinical experience into a few months.

The training tools include: diet implement handouts, professional food lists, online questionnaire tools, and intake forms to make it more time efficient for you during consultations.

2) I don’t want to run lab tests. How much of this course focuses on lab testing.

No problem! Only a small fraction of this course focuses on lab testing. We train professionals from many different disciplines. Some run lab tests and others do not.
It is not necessary to run labs to get all the valuable information you need to make diet and nutrition recommendations.

There are 7 factors I teach in my BioIndividual Nutrition training program and lab testing is only one of them. They include:7-considerations

Food cravings

  • Diet record, food frequency
  • Reactions to foods
  • Common Symptoms
  • Laboratory testing
  • Genetics
  • Client considerations

You can implement just a few of the 7 factors from the course and still obtain outstanding results with your clients!

3) Will this course give me nutrition credentials?  Will I be certified in anything? I’m a health coach and I want nutrition credentials. Is this course right for me?

This course will NOT grant you credentials to practice nutrition in your state if you aren’t currently allowed to do so with your existing credentials. Yet, it will provide the tools and “graduate” level education that will augment your existing healthcare credentials.

In addition, the graduates of this training program will receive a certificate and may call themselves “Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioners“.

The program is open to any professional in practice who is already making diet and nutrition recommendations.

Students who pass the course exam can become listed in our online Practitioner Directory!

4) I don’t do Facebook. Is your training only “a game changer” if you participate in the Facebook group?

No, it is not essential that you participate our Private Facebook Group. About half of our member do and half do not.

If you are not currently using Facebook, and do not wish to use it, that will not impact your learning of the course material. The private FB Group is just an added benefit to our program but it certainly is not an essential part of it. The training material is taught through a dedicated member login page and not through Facebook.

However, if you are curious to connect with other practitioners who are enrolled in your course or want to check out the conversation topics and types of questions being asked, you may want to consider creating a private username profile (which you don’t share with any friends/family), and use it strictly to connect with our Private Group of BioIndividual Nutrition practitioners and students.

Fees and Payment information

What forms of payment are available?

You can pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) and PayPal

Is there a payment plan?

Yes. For most programs we have payment plan options. They are typically 3, 5, or 10 payments spread over months with a varied service fee. Click the “X#-Payments” option upon enrollment.

Nourishing Hope Moms

What is a Nourishing Hope Mom?

A Nourishing Hope MOM, is any parent or caregiver that is using diet and nutrition to help their child, family, or themselves. They often have a focus on autism, ADHD, or a related disorder.

For the Nourishing Hope Moms course, I imagine there will be great variation in the nutrition knowledge of participants. How will the course address those differences?

Julie Matthews’ strives to support everyone. Though it’s common that course participants vary greatly in knowledge and experience, their desire/need to learn is the same. Parents get access to the same course material as professionals; there will not be a “watering down” of the content for parents. Certain “clinician only” practice tools are not included, and parents are not becoming certified (unless they are also a Practitioner). It’s our experience that Nourishing Hope MOMs can be as advanced as any Practitioner and can greatly gain from the scientific inquiry and practice learned through our courses.

Nourishing Hope MOMs get: complete access to both courses, forums and Facebook group, occasional Q&A session with Julie. This way advanced parents don’t miss out on any information, and newer parents can go at their own pace.

How does the Professional course differ from the Nourishing Hope MOMs program?

Nourishing Hope MOMs do not pursue certification and listing in our Practitioner Directory. While MOMs get access to the same course material as professionals; certain “clinician only” practice tools and case studies are not included, and parents are not becoming certified (unless they are also a Practitioner). Since Moms will not be conducting consultations they cannot become a Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner, nor use handouts beyond their personal need. The special diet handouts, diet questionnaires, and additional clinical tools are not to be distributed by Nourishing Hope MOMs. Nourishing Hope MOMs can become listed in our Community Directory; whereas, professional practitioners are listed in our Practitioner Directory.

What if I become a Practicing Nutrition Professional in the future?

If you become a professional practitioner and would like access to the same tools and resources as other professionals: use of the diet sheets, clinical handouts, Practitioner Directory, and the Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner title, you can upgrade your Membership at any time.

If I’m a Mother and a Nutrition Student, which program should I enroll in Nourishing Hope Moms or one of the Practitioner study group programs.

Nutrition students (that are also moms) can enroll in either program. In part, it depends on if and when you plan to work with clients. You can always participate in the Nourishing Hope MOMs course and add on the professional upgrade in the future. Others, who are close to completion and know they want to practice as soon as they finish their primary nutrition certification, may prefer signing up for the upgrade right away.

As a Nourishing Hope Mom, can I expect Julie Matthews to give personalized recommendations for my child?

No. Personalized nutrition consultation requires a full nutrition intake and series of consultations, which you can learn about here.

If I’m a Nourishing Hope Mom do I need to take the exam?

No, you are not required to take the exam. It’s up to you how you apply what you learn. Parents that do pass the exam(s) can be listed in our Community Directory as Nourishing Hope MOM.