Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM)

The national professional organization, CSMN was founded in 1965 with the objective to ensure high standards of training for its members and to ensure quality of food service to the public. The CSNM establishes the competencies for entry-level nutrition managers and accredits programs across Canada. Langara’s Nutrition and Food Service Management is accredited by CSNM.

After three years, members may apply to become a Certified Nutrition Manager (CNM). This higher level of membership is achieved by completing a personal data form and completing an examination based on higher-level management skills. Successful completion entitles the member to use the CNM designation after their name. This designation represents a higher level of achievement to the employer and increases the graduate’s employability when applying for work.

Pacific Society of Nutrition Managers (PSNM)

Pacific Society of Nutrition Managers keeps provincial members in touch with each other through their e-mail connection and meetings. Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at various facilities and venues around the Lower Mainland. Meetings often feature speakers and supplier presentations. The minutes are e-mailed to the membership. If members have an employment opportunity or question, it can be sent out to other members via e-mail. PSNM is developing an ongoing relationship with Langara College by offering student memberships for a low fee and the opportunity to attend PSNM workshops at no charge. 

Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP)

This association is national with branches across Canada. It supports the personal and professional growth of members who include foodservice buyers, operators, and suppliers. Membership in the junior branch at Langara provides opportunities to network with industry leaders, colleagues, and friends; education opportunities including seminars, tours, monthly meetings, and an annual national conference; and opportunities to pursue career prospects through business contacts and resources.

Junior branch members organize events as well as get involved at the monthly branch meetings. Members also have opportunities to apply for regional and national bursaries and scholarships.


FoodSafe is a BC Food Handler’s certificate. It can be completed in a classroom setting or online. There are two levels of FoodSafe – Basic and Advanced. FoodSafe 1 or Basic is required for admission to the Nutrition and Food Service Management Program. Proof of completion of FoodSafe2 or Advanced is needed in one of the second year courses. FoodSafe certificates expire every five years - those received prior to July 31 are valid until July 31 of the following year.