With over a decade of certifying the highest educated and most sought-after coaches, we’ve got a lot of information about how this whole thing works.



What are the steps involved in becoming a coach at ITN?

Here at ITN, the process to become a confident, credible, and successful coach is easy. We’ve broken it down into 3 simple steps:

1. Enroll in the Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach program.
2. Experience a modern-day certification course. 
3. Enjoy your dream career (and your dream life)! 


How can I learn more about ITN and the certification process before enrolling?

Great question! We highly encourage you to watch our Masterclass. It will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about pursuing a health coach certification. 

What are the legal guidelines for being a coach that I should know?

It’s very simple for a coach to avoid any legal concerns when offering holistic health coaching, nutrition coaching, or life coaching no matter what state or country you live in.
As coaches, we are educators first and foremost. We provide our clients with information and empower them to make their own decisions while continuing to educate and support them.
In order for coaches to know for certain they are practicing within their scope, they should:
Be aware of their state or country’s laws and follow them. 

Define your role with your clients clearly from the beginning so there are no misunderstandings and focus on educating and supporting your clients. (We educate you on what to say and how to say it as well as what to avoid as a coach so there’s no guesswork!)

Market yourself correctly and within your scope of practice, which we help you clearly understand at ITN.
Use correct verbiage when speaking with clients. We’ve created a done-for-you guide that contains exactly what to say so you can practice safely and successfully as a coach.

At ITN, we prepare you fully for everything you need to know regarding the legality of coaching including done-for-you guides and a legal checklist for coaches!

Do I have to be licensed to be a coach?

Typically, no. Usually, your health coach certification should be acknowledged and accepted. However, some states may require this. Check with the agencies in your state and country for more information.

Will the Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTNC) program qualify me to sit for the NBHWC Board Certification Exam? 

Yes and yes! And good for you for asking. 

The NBC-HWC credential signals to clients, employers, and the world as a whole that a nutrition and health coach has the skills, training, and practice needed to be a professional coach. That you are the real deal.

The Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTNC) program is one of the few fully approved health coach training courses by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) - with NO additional courses or investment needed. Everything you need to sit for the NBHWC board exam is included in your CTNC program. We even provide a test prep and study guide to ensure you are set up for success!

For more information on the NBHWC Exam, please visit their website. 


What is the Institute of Transformational Nutrition?

The Institute of Transformational Nutrition (ITN) is fully licensed and approved as a postsecondary educational institution with the State of Washington. We are a modern-day coaching school for the forward-thinking coach (and those who want to become one).
We are accredited by numerous state, federal, and global organizations including the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC) and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).
We believe you are fed by more than what’s on your plate. That’s why ITN is the only coaching certification school that offers programs focused on the science of Transformational Nutrition which blends in-depth physical nutrition, mental nutrition, and spiritual nutrition into a proven system. 

What is Transformational Nutrition®?

You’ve likely heard the term, “mind, body, spirit” but no one has offered a real way to integrate those areas into one proven system – until now. 

Transformational Nutrition is the new model of health that blends physical, mental, and spiritual nutrition into one powerful and proven system of coaching. It redefines nutrition.

In short, Transformational Nutrition is a simple answer to outdated wellness trends and impossible nutrition standards that focuses on creating simple practices in the three areas of our lives.

Learn more about Transformational Nutrition here. 


Personalized Nutrition
Common Health Conditions
Functional Nutrition
Environmental Health
Genetics and Epigenetics
Exposome and Microbiome
And more!


Past Trauma
Mental Health
Behavioral Psychology
Emotional Eating
Gut-Brain Axis
And more!


Relationships & Connection
Basic Spiritual Needs
Managing Fear
Spiritual Practices & Rituals
The Role of Spirituality in Healing
Spiritual Transformation
And more!

How is ITN different from other schools?

We’re often imitated (seriously, it happens all the time) but never duplicated. Here are three ways we stand out.

1. Confidence - You follow a proven method and have done-for-you resources with support from our ITN team and community to ensure your success both personally and professionally and give you the confidence to succeed from day 1.

2. Credibility- We are the most accredited nutrition school in the world, which makes your certification more valuable and your credential more respected.

3. Curriculum - We only teach modern nutrition and coaching concepts, including the Transformational Nutrition Model that includes physical, mental, and spiritual nutrition. Add on to that a second certification of your choice with our Specialty Courses and you’re unstoppable!

Most health and nutrition coaches are only trained on basics like building rapport, diets, and habit change. They typically start sessions with, “So, what do you want to work on today?” They focus more on being a cheerleader than a coach. This gets old fast for clients plus, they don’t get long-lasting results. 

At ITN, we set the bar higher. It’s why we’re known as the “Harvard of health coaching” schools. In addition to the three areas above, we offer unparalleled support – including live Coaching Labs every single week, live Business Building Labs, and a community that loves to connect and collaborate.

if you’re looking to be a serious coach, there is no other school to consider than ITN.

Is this program accredited or approved by a state or federal agency?

Yes, ITN is fully licensed and approved as a postsecondary school with the State of Washington so you can be confident your investment is safe and sound.
We are accredited by numerous state, federal, and global organizations including the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals, the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), and many others. See more about our accreditations and partnerships here. 
It’s important to look at a program’s accreditations and credibility since your certifications and titles are only as good as the reputation of the school you received it from.

If a program isn’t actually licensed and approved to operate as a school in their state, you will have no protection if the school was to shut down and no recourse for the time you’ve invested or the money you have spent.

Do you offer any scholarships?

We are proud to support our troops in obtaining their health coach certification, and we award full scholarships to active and veteran United States military personnel each month! To apply for a military scholarship, contact us at success@transformationalnutrition.com.

At ITN, we recognize the need for elevated voices and a more prominent presence of BIPOC in the health and wellness field. In recognition of this, ITN offers a BIPOC scholarship. To apply for a BIPOC scholarship, contact us at success@transformationalnutrition.com.

What is your refund policy?

Our refund policy is in compliance with the State of Washington‘s Workforce & Education Coordinating Board. For more information regarding this policy, please contact us at success@transformationalnutrition.com.


Who teaches the content? Who are the instructors?

The answer is simple – the best of the best, many of which will be familiar faces to you.
The Institute of Transformational Nutrition is proud to feature only the top experts in the field of coaching, business, nutrition, and holistic health.
These leading experts are committed to you and reveal their exact protocols, systems, business strategies, and most importantly, the truth about what really works behind-the-scenes to get lasting results for their clients – and they tell you how you can do the same. Click here to see the full list
In addition to our faculty, ITN was founded and created by one of the most sought-after coaches in the world, Cynthia Garcia. Cynthia isn’t just an educator. She is a globally recognized leader in nutrition and wellness. She knows the best techniques, tips, and methods because she has used them for almost two decades to help clients get results fast and keep them.

Cynthia Garcia is a trained Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN). She studied Biological Sciences at DePaul University with a minor in Business and Economics. She is a fellow at the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Cynthia is also certified in Mindfulness from UCLA Semel Institute, Mindful Awareness Research Center and is certified through Cornell University in Plant Based Nutrition. She’s trained in Neuroscience through Harvard as well an adjacent program taught by a Harvard professor, certifying her as a NeuroCoach.

In addition to Cynthia’s education, she is the creator of Transformational Nutrition - a new model of health that's used by millions and recognized by press, media, and industry leaders all over the globe. She founded and exited a 7-figure supplement focused on detoxification and cleansing and is an advisor to several companies in the health and wellness industry.

Most importantly, Cynthia knows what it’s like to struggle to find solutions for health issues that never seem to come. She found those answers in the model of Transformational Nutrition that she now shares exclusively here at ITN.

Read more about Cynthia’s background and qualifications here

Trust us when we say that you’re in good hands! We only link arms with those doing big, impactful things in this world so we can help you do the same.

How in-depth is the science curriculum? Do I learn more than superfoods and juicing?

When can I start the program?

Do you offer continuing education?

You can enjoy free advanced continuing education through our partner and one of the world’s top universities, Carnegie Mellon University. Dive deeper into powerful courses in Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, and more at no cost to you! 

As a private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world’s most renowned educational institutions. This top ranked university “challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters.” We wholeheartedly support this initiative at ITN since we believe it’s the passionate and curious people doing work in the world that matters that ends up changing the world for good.

How long does the Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTNC) program take to complete?

On average it takes 9 months to become a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTNC), but because we know life sometimes gets in the way, you have 12 months of access to complete your certification with the ability to purchase Ongoing Access on a monthly basis as needed.

You can, however, start coaching and building your business within 2-3 months.
The ITN coaching certification program is self-paced. In order to best support your individual needs (and busy lifestyle), there are no scheduled tests or calendars that you have to commit to in advance. You can create your own schedule with built-in flexibility as needed.

In addition, our supportive team is here to help you every step of the way.

Whether you’re working full-time, a business owner, or a full-time student, you will have the ability to make your dream life a reality!

Will I take tests? How will I be graded?

Because we are dealing with the health of others, it’s important for us to ensure that you can understand and apply the information you’re learning. Plus, our students and graduates are recognized in the coaching industry as true experts and it’s important that we maintain that standard of credibility. 
We offer a test at the end of each lesson, you will take a test to assess your ability to apply what you’ve learned in the real world. 
At the end of your course, you will be eligible to sit for the CTNC Certification Exam to fully ensure that you’re ready to go out and coach successfully! Your Certification Exam is $250.
Your exam will consist of a recorded coaching call that will be graded by our Exam Administrator and you will receive either a pass or fail grade. If you do not pass on the first try, you can take the exam again at no additional cost. If the exam needs to be repeated after that, there will be a fee of $125.

Once you pass, you’ll be fully certified for life! Unlike other schools, we don’t require continuing education credits or additional fees paid for as long as you want to coach.

Can I really do this? Do I need to have experience? Is this the program for me?

If it’s important to you to help others live better, healthier lives, then yes, you can do this! 

If you want to walk away with a science-backed coaching model that removes all the guesswork from coaching clients, then this program is for you.

If you want to learn from the best in the world instead of spending time and money taking cheap, poorly informed coaching training from people who’ve never actually coached or built a successful business as a coach, then this program is for you.

If the credibility, reputation of its founder and faculty, and curriculum that includes not just physical nutrition but also mental and spiritual nutrition matters to you, then this program is for you.

If you want to be a part of a passionate community, supporting and encouraging each other daily, then this program is for you.

If you want a lifetime benefit that includes health and business building skills that can help you live a life you love, then Transformational Nutrition Coaching is for you.

Being successful as a coach starts with a strong desire to help others. If you care for people and are willing to show up (for them and yourself), we will provide the rest. That’s our job. 

No previous training is required to succeed as a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTNC). The content starts with ground-level fundamentals and moves into more in-depth concepts from there. 

And remember, the Transformational Nutrition Coaching Method works because it’s a proven, science-backed approach. There’s no guesswork. We even give you session outlines, marketing templates, health assessment forms, done for you programs with exact steps and meal plans, and more so you’re set up for success from Day 1!

What if I need extra help with the course?

We are always here to support you, no matter what kind of help you are looking for. 

Our Student Community loves to help and support one another, and we collaborate instead of competing. We connect and share ideas so we can all be unstoppable. You’ll have 24/7 access to your Student Community so you can reach out and ask questions whenever you need support. 
In addition to a powerful community, you will also have access to ITN Support Team who are there to guide you every step of the way. No question or need is ever too small!
We also provide live Coaching Labs and Business Building trainings where you see live coaching demos, learn new skills, and get your questions answered in real time by our master coaches and founder, Cynthia Garcia.

I’m considering School XYZ. What are your thoughts on them? 

The nutrition and health coaching industry is growing so fast it will make your head spin, but most coaches struggle to succeed because 
- They don’t have a proven coaching model for their clients
- They don’t factor in mental and spiritual nutrition 
- They only focus on outdated wellness concepts and habit change
- No one has given them a simple plan for creating a successful career
- They struggle to stand out from other coaches
- They don’t have support from a student community

Other programs fail because they tend to act as if the coach should somehow know the answers to any and all questions a client asks. That’s setting you up for failure.

With a proven model that factors in all three areas of nutrition, and has done-for-you protocols, you don’t have to be a mind-reader. You can simply show up, care, and follow the highly-effective, proven process. 

Most coaching program founders have also not coached consistently (if at all) so they’re out of touch with the modern-day world and what clients really need to get results. ITN was founded by and is run by coaches who are all still active in the industry – including our founder who is one of the highest-paid, most successful coaches in the world.

Certified Transformational Nutrition Coaches are the most sought-after coaches in the industry because
- They focus on physical, mental, and spiritual nutrition
- They learn modern-day concepts not outdated, generic health advice
- They are specialist coaches thanks to our passion-based learning approach
- They are credible thanks to ITN’s numerous accreditations and partnerships
- They can become board-certified because of ITN’s accreditation through NBHWC
- They enjoy live coaching labs weekly so they’re more confident
- They’re real coaches, not cheerleaders, who get their clients results using a proven model

Please note: If you’re looking for a starter health coach school where you will learn basics like diets and habit change, this is not the program for you. It’s designed for coaches who want to dive deeper and fly higher, standing out as one of the best coaches in the world. 

When can I start working with clients and making money?

Take a moment to imagine yourself in just 3-4 months, working confidently with clients and making extra income all while doing something you love. That’s when most of our students feel comfortable beginning one-on-one coaching. 
Some students start earlier and some start later. It just depends on what feels right for you. The world needs you and will be ready to welcome you as a coach whenever you’re ready to take it on!

Our Support Team is also here to help you determine when you’re ready to start coaching.

I have more questions. Can I email or talk with someone to get them answered?

In this masterclass, you'll understand what a health coach is, why health coaching matters, and how you can become one.

Plus, you'll leave equipped with the knowledge you need to choose the best program for you! 

Becoming a certified health coach masterclass

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In this masterclass, you'll understand what a health coach is, why health coaching matters, and how you can become one. Plus, you'll leave equipped with the knowledge you need to choose the best program for you!