Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Q. How long has Bauman College been in business?

A. Bauman College has been serving the community since 1989, providing quality education in holistic nutrition and culinary arts.

Q. What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

A. Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Acceptance into the program is subject to review of submitted application materials.

Q. How do I apply?

A. Please visit the Application and Enrollment page for all application and enrollment details.

Q. When can I start?

A. Our classroom courses begin in March and September of each year. Apply early to ensure that your enrollment can be processed in a timely manner, as classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. You may enroll in the Distance Learning program at any time.

Q. Can I visit a class?

A. 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.

Q. Does Bauman College offer job placement?

A. We do not offer job placement with employers; however, we offer the Bauman Business Institute (BBI) and a robust slate of career services to help support you on your career path. Our 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. We also offer BBI for career education and training to help students be successful within their chosen vocations.

Q. What is the Bauman Business Institute?

A. 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.

Q. Do I need a computer to take Bauman College courses?

A. 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.

Q. Do I need previous skills to take this class?

While there are no prerequisites for this series of classes, we like to think that attendees have a very basic level of ability in the kitchen in order to feel safe. Home cooks and professionals of all levels are welcome.

Q. Are the Bauman College programs accredited?

A. 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.

Q. Does Bauman College work with Workers Compensation?

A. We are approved to accept Worker’s Compensation.

Q. Does Bauman College offer financial aid?

A. Bauman College is a 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 4” status. Prospective students should search for monies applicable to “vocational technical school” training programs. There are many options for privately funding your education here at Bauman College. Please contact our Admissions Department to discuss opportunities that may be available to you.

Bauman College has several different payment plan options available. We will also work with you on a customized payment plan that meets you individual needs. Please contact the Admissions Department to discuss a plan that works for you.

Q. Does Bauman College offer any relocation assistance?

A. We provide resources that will help you 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. Please make sure your housing arrangement includes access to a kitchen if you are enrolling in the Natural Chef Training Program.

Q. What is Bauman College's international student policy?

A. 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 international calling fees for phone appointments with their faculty mentor. They are also responsible for the international shipping fees.

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.

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FUNDING RESOURCES

Bauman College is a 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 4” status. Prospective students should search for monies applicable to “vocational technical school” training programs. There are many options for privately funding your education here at Bauman College.

We encourage all incoming students to explore the web and use resources at your public offices to help guide you in finding grants, scholarships, and private loans.

SCHOLARSHIP PUBLICATIONS

Each year agencies and authors publish guides detailing all sorts of grants and scholarships available to individuals based on a myriad of qualifications. Go to your local library and ask the reference librarian to show you the relevant books. Focus on grants for vocational schools that do not have to be “title 4” for eligibility. Some available books on the subject are:

GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Check the sites below to find just some of the many grants and scholarships our past graduates have used.

  • 10,000 Degrees – (formerly the Marin Education Fund) Marin County Residents may be eligible for a scholarship through 10,000 Degrees. Please call 415-459-4240 to inquire.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jewish Vocational Scholarship – The Jewish Vocational Scholarship Committee awards grants to Jewish residents of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma County, and the Peninsula for vocational training.
  • P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization) – Contra Costa County, CA
    Women celebrate the advancement of women; 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. Contact Ann Distel: a.p.desautels@gmail.com
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Department of Rehabilitation– The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) assists Californians with disabilities to obtain and retain employment and get career education and training.
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) – If you have lost employment or had your work hours reduced as a result of international trade (your job being outsourced) you 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.
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Workforce Investment Act – Colorado Residents Only

Nutrition Consultant Training Program FAQs

Q. What kinds of careers are available after taking the course?

A. Nutrition Consultants are prepared to enter the fields of 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 & residential dining facilities.

Students 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. 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.

Q. Is my certificate valid in all 50 states?

A. 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. Contact your local state government to become informed about the laws of the state in which you plan to practice.

Q. Where is the Nutrition Consultant Training Program offered?

A. We offer our training programs 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.

Q. Is there a professional organization for Nutrition Professionals?

A. 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.

Q. Can I obtain state or national certification upon completion of your program?

A. 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®.”

Q. What is the difference between your program and receiving a nutrition degree from a university?

A. Bauman College is a vocational school, licensed by the California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to certify graduates for federally approved Dictionary of Occupational Titles of: Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef.

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 health, restore metabolic balance, and support recovery from injury and illness. Our unifying philosophy aims to change the way people consume food from convenience to conscious eating.

A university program is academically oriented and confers degrees and titles, such as Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist for someone with a Masters in Nutrition. University programs are more 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. It can take several years to earn a conventional college degree, whereas Bauman College programs prepare you for a satisfying career in nutrition in just 18 months.

Q. Are your classes transferable to universities?

A. There is a translation process from vocational to academic 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 you may wish to attend.

Q. I've found several other nutrition distance learning courses. Why should I choose Bauman College?

A. At Bauman College, you will study the same great curriculum with the distance learning option as that of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program classroom-based counterpart, including the Practicum portion of the program. Unlike many other distance learning programs, Bauman College students have the benefit of individual telephone consultations with a Personal Mentor throughout the program (all of whom are Bauman College Instructors) at a mutually convenient time to monitor progress. Students will be guided and supported by these regular phone appointments, which allow students to ask in-depth questions, receive detailed feedback on homework for each course topic, review core competencies of the program, get answers to questions, and more.

Students may begin the Bauman College distance learning Program at any time. Although we allow up to 30 months to complete the program, students may finish in a shorter time. Each student works at a different pace, but a minimum of 10 hours per week is a reasonable commitment to finish the program in 18 months.

Q. What if I have prior training in nutrition or I’m a professional health provider?

A. We have a process whereby individuals may apply previous training to convert into the 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 satisfy 231 credit hours of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program and 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.

Natural Chef Training Program FAQs

Q. What kinds of careers are available after taking the course?

A. Natural Chefs are in 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 & residential dining, schools, resorts, spas, health clubs, restaurants, and catering & food production companies.

Students may choose to work directly for a company or organization, or start a personal chef business, catering company, or other food business. 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.

Q. Where is the Natural Chef Training Program offered?

A. We offer our Natural Chef Training Program in Berkeley, CA.

Q. What professional affiliations are there for Personal Chefs?

A. 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.

Q. What is the difference between the Natural Chef Training Program and culinary courses offered at my local college or culinary school?

A. 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.

Technical FAQs

Q. What computer skills do I need to complete courses at Bauman College?

A. 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.

Q. Do I need a computer to take Bauman College courses?

A. Yes, use of a computer will be required to complete all Bauman College vocational programs, including Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef.

Q. Do I need an Internet connection to take Bauman College courses?

A. Yes, all students will be required to access the online Bauman College Community Forum.

Nutrition Consultant Training Program students will be required to interact with our Student Dashboard system to submit homework and complete online quizzes and other activities in order to progress through the program. Although course materials, including workbook and class text, will be provided in printed form, many other class-related materials, including lecture handouts and research abstracts, will only be available through the online Student Dashboard system. We recommend broadband access (DSL, Cable or High Speed Satellite connections) but reliable dial-up access may work as an alternative.

Q. Why do you require computer and Internet access?

A. 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.

Q. What are the specific hardware and software requirements?

A. 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.

Window Users

  • Operating System: Windows XP (not recommended), Vista (not recommended), Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
  • Internet Connection: Broadband with 512kbit or higher download speed
  • Audio: Speakers
  • 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.

Mac Users

  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Internet Connection: Broadband with 512kbit or higher download speed
  • Audio: Speakers
  • 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 512kbit or higher download speed recommended
  • Audio: Speakers
  • Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox 25.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 30.0 or higher.

Q. Are there any other hardware or software requirements?

A. In order to complete written assignments and to view online course materials – including lectures, handouts, and forms – the following additional software is required:

You may also need to purchase diet analysis or recipe management software. A list of recommended diet analysis software options is available in the private student section of our Community Forum. You will have access to this resource once you become a student. In addition, you may need to create PDFs using a PDF writer. On Windows we recommend DoPDF (free). On Mac, you can use the built-in PDF conversion functions.

Q. What are the accepted file formats for homework submission and other documents?

A. 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.

Text Formats

  • DOC, DOCX
  • RTF
  • TXT

Presentation Formats

  • PPT, PPTX
  • PDF

Spreadsheet Formats

  • XLS, XLSX

Image Formats

  • JPG or JPEG
  • PNG
  • GIF

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.

Q. Do you provide instructions and technical support?

A. 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 you need instruction in computer use or use of a particular software program, we recommend online learning resources or a class at your local community college.

Q. What is the turn-around time for technical support responses?

A. Technical support inquiries should receive a response within 24 hours. Our response time is usually much quicker. Support hours are from 9am until 5pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. We do not provide support during the weekend and we highly recommend that if you plan to do homework during the weekend, you verify that you have access and resources necessary to complete your work so that if you have any problems you can resolve them while support is available during the week.

Q. Do I have to login at a certain time or for a certain amount of time?

A. You do not need to login at any particular time or spend any specific amount of time in the Student Dashboard. You will be required to complete certain assignments and activities, but there are no minimum time limits specified. In some cases there may be a maximum time allowed for completing certain assignments. Assignments also have due dates that are independent of technical considerations.

Q. Does the college provide a computer for student use?

A. We do not provide computers for student use. Students are required to have their own computer system. Although you may be able to use a public computer system or a friend’s, we strongly recommend having your own personal computer that you have full access to at all times. This will allow you greatest flexibility and capability to fulfill the course requirements at your convenience.