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Health Coach Training Program (HCTP) CEU Certificate:
Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What is the Institute for Integrative Nutrition?
A: Founded in 1992, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) is licensed by the New York State Education Department and is the world’s largest nutrition school. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s health coach training program is offered in an innovative distance learning format, which allows students to participate from anywhere in the world.

Q: What is a CEU?
A: The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during professional development and training activities. Typically, 10 contact hours of instruction (50–60 minutes) or participation in an organized, lifelong learning/continuing education experience with a qualified instructor equates to one CEU. IIN participants who register for the Purchase College CEU certificate and successfully complete the IIN program will receive a Purchase College certificate of completion awarding 43 CEUs.

Q: Why are CEUs important?
A: The purpose of issuing CEUs is to provide a permanent record of training and continuing education for individuals who need to submit proof of their continuing education to employers, unions, professional associations, or licensing agencies. The acquisition of CEUs may be applied to an array of professions to fulfill the educational requirements needed to maintain certification or licensure.

Q: Do CEUs count towards my attainment of a college degree?
A: No. CEUs do not appear on a college transcript and are awarded only for professional development and training. In many instances, employers or unions invest in their employees or members by sponsoring professional development and the acquisition of CEUs. Check with your employer or union to see if you qualify for subsidized tuition or tuition reimbursement for programs sponsored by continuing education providers such as Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY).

Q: What does the certificate state?
A: The certificate will be headed by Purchase College, State University of New York, School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, and will bear the official college seal. It will be signed by Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and Kelly Jackson, director of continuing education in the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education at Purchase College. It will state the name of the student and that the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education certifies that the student has met the requirements for the health coaching program offered by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has earned 43 Continuing Education Units. It will bear the graduation date established by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Sample Certificate

Q: What is the value of the certificate?
A: The CEU certificate offered by Purchase College is ideal for anyone interested in having high quality, presentable documentation reflecting the completion of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s health coach training program. In addition, entrepreneurs graduating from CEU-approved programs find that a CEU certificate appeals to potential clients and employers.

Q: What are the requirements for the CEU certificate program?
A: While registered in IIN's Health Coach Training Program (HCTP), students must register for the CEU Certificate during the appropriate enrollment period (see Policies and Procedures or Frequently Asked Questions) and successfully graduatefrom the HCTP.

Q: Is this program for credit or is it noncredit?
A: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are a noncredit standard of professional training. The primary purpose of the CEU is to provide a permanent record of the educational accomplishments of an individual who has completed one or more significant noncredit educational programs. Purchase College awards 43 CEUs to Institute for Integrative Nutrition graduates who are enrolled in the CEU certificate program.

Q: What is the difference between the Institute for Integrative Nutrition certificate and the SUNY Purchase College CEU certificate?
A: Both certificates reflect that you completed training in health coaching offered by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in partnership with Purchase College. The CEU certificate offers you the opportunity to have a strong affiliation with a prestigious university, increasing your credibility with clients. Many employers, unions, and professional associations, as well as state licensing agencies require the completion of CEUs from a recognized provider.

Q: When will I receive my certificate and CEUs?
A: You will receive the certificate documenting your completion of 43 CEUs upon successful completion of the requirements as set forth by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Certificates will be mailed within six to eight weeks of graduation.

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions about the registration process?
A: Students with questions should visit the Institute’s online education forums. In the administration section, there is a page called “State University of New York, Purchase College CEU and Certificate Program” where you can get more information. If you have more questions, please call or email Nanda Seewah in the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, (914) 251-6501,

Q: How much does the SUNY Purchase College CEU certificate cost? Are there payment plans available with Purchase College?
A: The $495 enrollment fee must be paid in full when you submit your application to Purchase College via IIN’s link: Register now.

Q: I would like to register.  Is there a deadline?
Registration is available on the IIN site: Register now. Please be sure to choose the CEU Certificate registration for your class.

Registration Deadlines
IIN Section Registration Begins Registration Ends*
HCTP March 2015 March 16, 2015 March 21, 2016
HCTP May 2015 May 11, 2015 May 2, 2016
HCTP July 2015 July 13, 2015 July 11, 2016
HCTP September 2015 September 14, 2015 September 12, 2016
HCTP November 2015 November 16, 2015 November 7, 2016
HCTP January 2016 August 15, 2016 January 17, 2017
HCTP March 2016 October 10, 2016 March 13, 2017
HCTP May 2016 December 5, 2016 May 8, 2017
HCTP July 2016 February 6, 2017 July 10, 2017

* Registration closes at 5 p.m. EST

Q: What is the withdrawal and refund policy?
All students who wish to withdraw and/or receive a refund must contact Purchase College via mail or email. All refunds are issued by Purchase College in accordance with the college refund policy, as stated below:

Students who withdraw:

Updated March 3, 2016

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