Frequently Asked Questions
How long has Bauman College been in business?
Bauman College has been serving the community since 1989, providing quality education in holistic nutrition and culinary arts.
What are the prerequisites for enrollment?
Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Acceptance into the program is subject to review of submitted application materials.
How do I apply?
Please visit the Application and Enrollment page for all application and enrollment details.
When can I start?
Bauman College classroom courses begin in March and September of each year. Distance Learning cohorts begin in February, May, August, and November. Students are encouraged to apply early to ensure that the enrollment can be processed in a timely manner, as classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis.
Can I visit a class?
Prospective students may sit in on a class on a space-permitting basis after they have participated in an appointment with a Bauman College Admissions Advisor.
Does Bauman College offer job placement?
Bauman College does not offer job placement with employers; however, students have access to the Bauman Business Institute (BBI) and a robust slate of career services to help support them on their career path. Career Services include full access to the Career Services Platform where students may post their resumes and search for jobs, internships, and externships; build professional portfolios; register for career events; and have access to free career advice documents, podcasts, and videos. The BBI is offered for career education and training to help students be successful within their chosen vocations.
What is the Bauman Business Institute?
The Bauman Business Institute (BBI) is an integral part of our Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef training programs. It was designed to assist students in navigating the difficult process of deciding upon and succeeding in their career choices. BBI is presented online for both classroom and distance learning students and runs concurrently with both the Natural Chef and Nutrition Consultant training programs. Through BBI, students will have the full duration of their training to explore their intentions, receive support, and create their personal business portfolios so they are prepared to confidently start their practices or seek employment upon graduation. BBI is part of the curriculum for both the Natural Chef and Nutrition Consultant training programs and is included in the tuition for each.
Do I need a computer to take Bauman College courses?
Yes, access to a computer is required for both the Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef training programs. Please refer to the Technical FAQs section for details.
Are the Bauman College programs accredited?
Bauman College is a nonprofit educational institution that has been approved to operate since 1992 by the Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education to offer the following professional courses:
This approval demonstrates compliance with state standards as set forth in the educational code.
Does Bauman College work with Workers' Compensation?
Bauman College is approved to accept Workers’ Compensation.
Does Bauman College offer financial aid?
Bauman College is a non-profit vocational technical school, licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Bauman College is not eligible for federal financial aid, which requires a “Title IV” status. Prospective students should search for monies applicable to “vocational technical school” training programs. There are many options for privately funding education here at Bauman College. Please contact the Admissions Department to discuss available opportunities.
Bauman College has several different payment plan options available and will also work with students to customize a payment plan that meets their individual needs. Please contact the Admissions Department to discuss payment options.
Does Bauman College offer any relocation assistance?
Bauman College provides resources that help students find local housing and connect with other relocating students. Please contact the Admissions Department for further information.
Note: Culinary students will need access to a kitchen to complete some of their homework assignments. Students enrolling in the Natural Chef Training Program should make sure their housing arrangement includes access to a kitchen.
What is Bauman College's international student policy?
Bauman College does not offer student visa services but will vouch for student status as necessary. Please note that international students participating in the Distance Learning Program are responsible for all international calling and shipping fees incurred during their program participation.
English Language Requirement: Bauman College accepts international Distance Learning students into the Nutrition Consultant Training Program who are proficient in the English language. No English language services are available. Instruction is not provided in any language other than English. Non-native English speaking students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through submittal of a TOEFL certificate or English proficiency displayed in the application essay and through an interview appointment with the Admissions Department. It is required that all copies of student transcripts or diplomas are submitted in English.
What are the different funding options and scholarship opportunities?
Bauman College is a non-profit vocational technical school, licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Bauman College is not eligible for federal financial aid that requires a “Title IV” status. Prospective students should search for monies applicable to “vocational-technical school” training programs. There are many options for privately funding education here at Bauman College.
Bauman College encourages all incoming students to explore the web and use resources at public offices to help guide them in finding grants, scholarships, and private loans.
Each year, agencies and authors publish guides detailing grants and scholarships available to individuals based on a myriad of qualifications. The reference librarian at any local library is a good resource to help students find the relevant books. Focus on grants for vocational schools that do not have to be “Title IV” for eligibility. Some available books on the subject are:
- The Scholarship Book, 13th Edition: The Complete Guide to Private-Sector Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans for the Undergraduate (by Daniel J. Cassidy)
GRANTS + SCHOLARSHIPS
The sites below list just some of the many grants and scholarships that past graduates have used.
- 10,000 Degrees – (formerly the Marin Education Fund) Awards $2.6 million in scholarships annually to low-income, first-generation students who would never otherwise be able to consider going to college. They also will help you find additional non-loan aid from a variety of sources.
- California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness Program (CANFit) – Scholarships for enrollment in a culinary arts college in California. Ethnic student affiliation of African-American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian-American, Pacific Islander or Latino/Hispanic descent. Prior completed units (or equivalent) of college credits not necessary to apply.
- Crowd Funding – Is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. Plum Fund actually has zero platform fees and the site was featured on Shark Tank. You can also look into GoFundMe and Indiegogo.
- Department of Rehabilitation – The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) assists Californians with disabilities to obtain and retain employment and get career education and training.
- Donna Kellogg Scholarship – Nutrition Consultant Training Program applicants who intend to use their education to develop or support programs for marginalized and/or at-risk populations which focus on rehabilitation, recovery, and/or education may apply for one of three $3,300 scholarships. These funds were generously donated by Donna’s parents, Sue and Keith Slocum, in loving memory of their daughter who passed away in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire on December 2, 2016, before realizing her dream of using her Nutrition Consultant education to help those most in need. This opportunity is available for September classroom programs and the distance learning program that begins November 1. Application deadline is July 15, 2017.
- Furious Grill Scholarship – Awarded to those with a passion for cooking. The final date to submit your application is November 15, 2017. The winner will be announced on December 1st, 2017.
- Individual Development Account (IDA) – Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are special savings accounts that match the deposits of low and moderate income people. Savers use their savings for an asset-building purpose, such as post-secondary education or job training.
- James Beard Scholarship – Established in 1991, the scholarship program assists aspiring and established culinary professionals who plan to further their education at a licensed culinary school or hospitality institution, college, or university. Applications for 2017 are being accepted from April 1, 2017, to May 15, 2017.
- Kitchen Professor Scholarship – Awarded to students currently enrolled in a college, university, high school, or trade school who are passionate about nutrition and or cooking. The submission deadline is May 20, 2017. The winner will be selected on May 31, 2017.
- Maine School Nutrition Association – Continuing Education Scholarship Award for residents of Maine working in the school lunch system.
- P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization) – Women celebrate the advancement of and educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans. Provides grants to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to resume studies due to changing demands in their lives.
- PG&E – One of the key roles of the Employee Resource Group is rewarding scholarships to college-bound students for their academic achievements and community service. Available to those who live in a community served by Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
- Scholarships from Tribes and Advocacy Groups – Native American and Native Alaskan students should investigate those scholarship opportunities funded and supported by individual Tribal Nations. Many tribes support their own scholarship funds and offer financial aid to deserving members. Students should also consider programs supported by charitable foundations and advocacy groups that are dedicated to the needs and welfare of the American Indian population. Please follow this link and scroll down the page to Scholarships from Tribes and Advocacy Groups.
- Sonoma WORKS – SonomaWORKS supports training and education as part of an individual’s welfare to work plan. This may include but is not limited to, classes offered by colleges, community colleges, adult schools, regional occupation programs, and private schools.
- Silicon Valley Community Foundation – This program administers a variety of grant programs with the majority of the awards designated for residents of San Mateo County and Santa Clara County.
- Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) – Students who have lost employment or had their work hours reduced as a result of international trade (their job being outsourced) may be eligible for funding through Trade Adjustment Assistance. Bauman College is an eligible training provider in CA and CO.
- Women’s Opportunity Awards program – Since 1972, Soroptimist has been helping women to reclaim their dreams. This program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional skills training and education. Application deadline: December 1 of every year.
- Workers’ Compensation
What kinds of careers are available after taking the course?
Nutrition Consultants are prepared to become integral contributors to integrative clinics, doctor’s offices, employee wellness programs, nonprofit organizations, rehabilitation and recovery centers, schools, spas, health clubs, natural food stores, fitness centers, supplement companies, resorts, and corporate and residential dining facilities.
Graduates may choose to work directly for a company or organization or start a private practice or consulting business. Many graduates become leaders in the education, print and publishing, telecommunication, and media industries. They become contributing writers to newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs, and school curriculums, and author books on pertinent health topics. They also speak at conferences, lead workshops, and educate people on holistic nutrition and healthy culinary preparation.
Is my certificate valid in all 50 states?
The Nutrition Consultant certificate title is valid in California, Colorado, and other states where there are no federal, state, or local requirements limiting the practice of nutrition consulting. Students should contact their local state government to become informed about the laws of the state in which they plan to practice.
Where is the Nutrition Consultant Training Program offered?
Bauman College offers the Nutrition Consultant Training Program in Berkeley and Sonoma County, CA. A non-classroom counterpart of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program is available online via Distance Learning and can be studied from anywhere that has internet access.
Is there a professional organization for Nutrition Professionals?
Students and graduates of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program are eligible to become members of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). There are various levels of membership according to the level of coursework completed.
Can I obtain state or national certification upon completion of your program?
Graduates of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program are eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board’s (HNCB) board examination. The HNCB is a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. NANP professional members who meet the board examination qualification criteria and successfully pass the Board Exam will earn the designation, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®.”
What is the difference between your program and receiving a nutrition degree from a university?
Bauman College is a non-profit vocational technical school, licensed by the California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to certify graduates as Nutrition Consultants and Natural Chefs. Graduates of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program are eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board’s (HNCB) Board Examination.
A university program confers degrees (e.g., Bachelors/Masters of Science in Dietetics or Nutrition) that allow students to sit for a national examination administered by an accrediting institution, and use designations such as Registered Dietitian or Certified Nutrition Specialist. University programs are conventional in that they follow the USDA dietary guidelines, are based upon standard dietetic and nutrition texts, and apply guidelines established by major health and medical associations.
Bauman College promotes a comprehensive and integrative approach to holistic nutrition and culinary arts. We advocate for the use of whole organic food, nutritive herbs, and appropriate supplementation to promote optimal health, restore metabolic balance, and support recovery from injury and illness. The nutritional requirements of an individual are unique, and we promote nutrition that is non-dogmatic, yet scientific, and based on the individual’s needs. Our unifying philosophy aims to change the way people consume food from convenience to conscious eating. It can take several years to earn a degree from a university program, whereas the Bauman College program prepares you for a satisfying career in nutrition in just 15 or 18 months.
Are your classes transferable to universities?
There is a translation process from vocational to academic studies in some cases that allows hours of vocational work completed to count toward credits of academic work. The transferability depends on the policy of the specific university students may wish to attend.
I've found several other nutrition distance learning courses. Why should I choose Bauman College?
At Bauman College, students will study the same great curriculum with the distance learning option as that of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program classroom-based counterpart. Online learning can sometimes be isolating; we use modern, state-of-the-art, but easy-to-use educational delivery to allow students to create a supportive community with other students in their cohort and the distance learning instructors. Our multimedia program addresses different learning styles and helps students assimilate information. Students have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty on an ongoing basis. Students may begin the Bauman College distance learning program four times per year. Distance learning allows flexibility for the busy student while creating community to support independent learning.
What if I have prior training in nutrition or I’m a professional health provider?
We have a process whereby individuals may apply previous training to Bauman College’s Nutrition Consultant Training Program. Professional health providers (M.D., L.Ac., D.C., etc.), those who have graduated from a regionally accredited university with a degree in nutrition (B.A. or M.A./M.S.), or those who have a certificate from a state approved vocational program may apply previous nutrition training to bypass Term One, Foundations of Nutrition. To find out more specific details, please review the policies outlined in our catalog or speak to an Admissions Advisor.
What kinds of careers are available after taking the course?
Natural Chefs are in demand for their unique knowledge and training about using alternative ingredients to help heal illnesses and promote wellness. Natural Chefs are prepared to enter the fields of hospitality, employee wellness programs, nonprofit organizations, rehabilitation and recovery centers, corporate and residential dining, schools, resorts, spas, health clubs, restaurants, and catering and food production companies.
Students may choose to work directly for companies or organizations, or start personal chef businesses, catering companies, or other food businesses. Many graduates become leaders in the education, print and publishing, telecommunication, and media industries. Graduates become contributing writers to newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs, and school curriculums, and they author books on pertinent health topics. They also speak at conferences, lead workshops, and educate people on holistic nutrition and healthy culinary preparation in many different ways.
Where is the Natural Chef Training Program offered?
The Natural Chef Training Program is offered in Berkeley, CA.
What professional affiliations are there for Personal Chefs?
There are several professional associations that offer services to Personal Chefs such as The United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA) and the American Personal and Private Chef Association. Members have access to a variety of services, which may include job listings, recipes, menu software, liability insurance, national media exposure, and more. The Natural Chef Training Program is a recommended training program through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Students and graduates are encouraged to join this organization to stay connected, support the rights of nutrition professionals, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of nutrition.
What is the difference between the Natural Chef Training Program and culinary courses offered at my local college or culinary school?
The Bauman College Natural Chef Training Program teaches students to succeed in the culinary field by combining classic culinary training with therapeutic techniques for the prevention of illness and the promotion of optimal health. Students will become experts in food preparation, flavor selection, and food presentation. They will learn how to prepare meals with alternative and therapeutic ingredients and techniques to maximize the nutritional elements in a dish and to nourish and support the health of their clients. Through an independent externship, students will explore career opportunities such as personal, private, and corporate chef, restaurant and catering work, and beyond.
What computer skills do I need to complete courses at Bauman College?
Basic computer skills will be necessary to successfully complete any program at Bauman College. Following is a list of required skills:
Basic Word Processing: Students must be able to use a word processor to create basic documents. This includes using templates, making tables, inserting headers, footers, and graphics into documents. These skills will be required to complete homework assignments.
PDF Handling: Students will need to be able to open, view, and convert documents to PDF format as a part of their studies.
Basic Web Skills: During classes, students will need to use the web for a variety of tasks ranging from internet research to use of online nutrition analysis tools. Basic proficiency in the use of a web browser and the use of basic web applications will be necessary.
Web Application Skills: Students will be required to use the Bauman College Community Forum, a bulletin board-style web system where questions are posted and valuable information is shared. Students may also be required to use a web-based system to post questions, access materials, and complete homework.
Email: Email is a primary means of communication at Bauman College. Students are expected to have an active email account and to regularly check and respond to email.
Do I need a computer to take Bauman College courses?
Yes, use of a computer will be required to complete all Bauman College vocational programs, including Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef.
Do I need an Internet connection to take Bauman College courses?
Students will need access to a reliable broadband internet connection (DSL, Cable, or High Speed Satellite connections) with at least 4Mbps download speed (recommended). Lower speeds or additional users may drastically impact student experience.
Why do you require computer and Internet access?
We have determined that computer and Internet use are necessary to offer and maintain the best educational experience possible.
Computer use is an increasingly important skill for all professions, nutrition consulting and natural chefing included. Whether it’s using a computerized diet analysis tool, communicating with a client by email or online chat, or simply doing research for nutritional or culinary purposes, computer and Internet use is a vital tool.
What are the specific hardware and software requirements?
Students must have access to a computer with one of the following configurations in order to use the Bauman College Student Dashboard and other tools.
- Operating System: Windows XP (not recommended), Vista (not recommended), Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
- Internet Connection: Broadband with 4Mbps or higher download speed
- Audio: Speakers and microphone (or headset)
- Web Browser: Internet Explorer 9 (not recommended) or higher, Safari 6 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 25.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 30.0 or higher
- Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
- Internet Connection: Broadband with 4Mbps or higher download speed
- Audio: Speakers and microphone (or headset)
- Web Browser: Safari 6 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 25.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 30.0 or higher
Linux Users (note: official support for Linux systems is not provided)
- Operating System: Any modern Linux distribution that supports the other requirements listed below
- Internet Connection: Broadband with 4Mbps or higher download speed recommended
- Audio: Speakers and microphone (or headset)
- Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox 25.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 30.0 or higher
Are there any other hardware or software requirements?
In order to complete written assignments and to view online course materials – including lectures, handouts, and forms – the following additional software is required:
- Microsoft Office, Open Office (free), or equivalent
- Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 or higher, or equivalent PDF reader
- Adobe Flash Player version 9 or higher
Students may also need to purchase diet analysis or recipe management software. A list of recommended diet analysis software options is available to new and existing students in the private student section of our Community Forum. In addition, students may need to create PDFs using a PDF writer. If a student does not have access to a PDF writer, Bauman College recommends DoPDF (free) or the built-in PDF conversion functions on Mac.
What are the accepted file formats for homework submission and other documents?
For compatibility reasons we only accept file submissions in the following formats. This includes application and enrollment documents, homework submissions, resumes, and all other documents sent to Bauman College.
- DOC, DOCX
- PPT, PPTX
- XLS, XLSX
- JPG or JPEG
We do not accept any other proprietary text editor format such as “WPS” (Microsoft Works) and “WPD” (WordPerfect). All modern office software suites include the option to save to standard DOC (Word 97-2003) formats. If you need a free office suite with this functionality, please download Open Office (free), available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Do you provide instructions and technical support?
Nutrition Consultant Training Program students receive instruction on using the Student Dashboard with their course materials and in online instruction resources, including a video walk-through and built-in help links. General instruction for nutrition analysis is provided, but we do not specify nor provide support for any particular diet analysis software.
We provide technical support for systems that we maintain, including the Student Dashboard, Forums, and our website. We do not provide support for software issues for outside systems including Microsoft Office troubleshooting and instruction, or general computer use. If students need instruction in computer use or use of a particular software program, we recommend online learning resources or a class at a local community college.
What is the turnaround time for technical support responses?
Technical support inquiries should receive a response within 24 hours, though our response time is usually much quicker. Support hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. We do not provide support during the weekend and highly recommend that students planning to complete homework at that time verify that they have the access and resources necessary to complete their work.
Does the college provide computers for student use?
We do not provide computers for student use. Bauman College strongly recommends students have their own personal computer that can be accessed at all times.