Frequently Asked Questions
> If I don’t enroll now, will I have another chance to become certified?
Certification courses won't be offered again until September 2019. However, Oh Baby Academy is self-paced and there is no time limit imposed to finish the modules. So if you're interested in becoming certified but aren’t quite ready to start yet, you can enroll now and work through the modules when your schedule allows.
The benefit of joining this graduating group is that it will offer the highest level of interaction with the instructor and founder, Carley Mendes. This group also has an opportunity to submit requests for Carley to create specific resources and protocols that they feel would add great value to their practice.
> How is the course material delivered?
Oh Baby Academy is 100% online and can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
Courses will become available January 14th 2019, but you may choose to begin whenever you'd like. Each weekly module will contain a mix of video lessons, required reading material, client resources to familiarize yourself with, supportive interaction with our exclusive online community, and quizzes to help you excel in your area of expertise. Once you've completed the required content for that week's module, new content will be released the following Monday morning at 5am PST (8am EST).
> What if I have questions about the content?
There are a few different ways to get support with questions. When working through the content there’s an easily accessible “Ask A Question” button. All questions submitted here will be collected and Carley will meet with you once a month for a live group Q & A. There will be unlimited access to the recording after the live Q & A. Our private Facebook group is another great way to get support from peers and ask Carley and the community questions.
> Can I work through the curriculum at a faster pace and get certified more quickly?
While these courses are self-paced, there is a lot of information to absorb. New content is released weekly, so you won’t be able to complete the certification faster than the timelines indicated. However, you can take longer to complete certification if more time is needed. This makes the Academy ideal for busy women like mothers or those who already have full-time jobs.
> What does the curriculum cover?
Students will receive a more detailed outline of the course curriculum once they've enrolled. However, as a general overview, the curricilum includes:
Pregnancy Nutrition: important foods & nutrients to nourish each trimester, proven protocols for common pregnancy conditions & ailments, navigating the conventionally recommended things to avoid during pregnancy, nutritionally supporting labor, and supplementing. Also includes Foundational Nutrition & Business Development.
Postpartum Nutrition: helping the body heal after birth, important foods & nutrients, proven protocols for common postpartum conditions & ailments, nutritionally supporting breastfeeding, and supplementing. Also includes Foundational Nutrition & Business Development.
Nutrition for Babies: starting solids, important foods & nutrients, baby-led weaning, spoon-feeding with a baby-led approach, food allergies & sensitivities, proven protocols for common baby conditions & ailments. Also includes Foundational Nutrition & Business Development.
> What are the career possibilities for a Certified Nutrition Consultant?
There is such a need for nutrition consultants who specialize in nourishing mamas & babies! We’ll explore career possibiities in the Business Development course. Becoming certified through Oh Baby Academy also offers you opportunities to make supplemental income and you’ll get more details about these exclusive opportunities after you’ve enrolled.
> What if I have no previous nutrition education?
Oh Baby Academy provides you with everything you require and no prior nutrition education is necessary. All students are given ample support to ensure they have the confidence and knowledge necessary to build a successful career as a Certified Nutrition Consultant.
> Do I have to take Foundational Nutrition if I’m already a nutritionist or dietitian?
Joining the Academy is a fantastic way to become specialized, offer more value to your clients, and grow your business and brand. Completing Foundational Nutrition is a necessary requirement for all students as it provides the framework for becoming a Certified Nutrition Consultant. However, the large majority of the course content will focus specifically on nutrition for supporting mothers and/or babies.
> Do I have to take Business Development if already have a business?
Business Development is offered to all students but it is not a requirement of the certification. After you’ve passed your final exam, the Business Development module will be released for you to go through at your own pace if you choose. Some students may want to dive into the business content right away, while others may want to take a little break and let all of their newfound knowledge sink in first. Even if you already have a business, we’re confident that these resources will benefit you.
> How is the certification regulated?
Once you’ve worked through all of the modules, completed the client trials, and passed the final exam, you will become certified with the designation “Certified Oh Baby Nutrition Consultant”, which is exclusively granted to graduates of Oh Baby Academy.
All holistic nutrition professionals and independent educational nutritional institutions across North America are self-regulating bodies. Therefore, there are no government certifying bodies or regulations boards in North America that license or certify holistic practitioners or nutritionists. Our business module provides resources to assist you in determining the the specific regulations and requirements of practising within your own state/province.
Oh Baby Academy strongly believes in holistic nutrition that prioritizes real foods and is rooted in both modern research and traditional wisdom. We are proudly the only educational nutritional institute that currently specializes solely in the certification of holistic nutrition for pregnancy, postpartum and babies.
The designation ‘Certified Oh Baby Nutrition Consultant’ signifies a high level of specialized expertise in a holistic practitioner. As a professional regulating body, Oh Baby Academy ensures that our certified practitioners adhere to a certain code of ethics, scope of practice, and principles, which are standardized and recognized internationally.
> How do the payment plans work?
If you sign up for our monthly payment plan, the initial payment is deducted on the day you register. The remaining payments will be deducted every 30 days. There is a 5% discount when paying in full.
> Is there a return policy?
You are eligible for a full refund from the day you enroll in the Academy until 14 days after the courses have begun. After that time, partial refunds are offered depending on how much of the course material you have already accessed.
> I want to apply! What are the next steps?
Wonderful news! Please choose your level of certification and then submit your application. We look forward to hearing from you.
> What happens after I apply?
After you submit your application, we’ll get back to you within 5 days. If accepted, you’ll receive a link to complete registration and enroll. Once enrolled you’ll be able to log-in to your learning portal where you’ll find your online welcome package, see an outline of the course curriculum, and learn about the exciting extra bonuses. We’ll also share our favorite websites, books, and podcasts here, so you can start immersing yourself in all things mama & baby before courses begin.