Who is a Home Economist? What are his of her competencies?

Educational requirements for membership in NBHEA

To meet the educational requirements imposed by the Act and the By-laws, an NBHEA member must possess at least an undergraduate degree in home economics or its equivalent, where the degree is based upon a program where the content of which is primarily home economics and acceptable to the Committee of Examiners (Article 15(2a) in the Act).

This university training prepares our members to empower individuals to manage their personal and family resources in order to satisfy their basic needs using consumer goods and services for food, clothing, shelter and human development and relationships.

Home Economics brings together the knowledge from its own research, the sciences, the arts, and uses its knowledge to assist people in their quest to enhance their daily lives.

Training in home economics continues to meet the needs of many employers. Today, home economist work in a wide variety of fields: food and nutrition, human resources, clothing and textiles, housing, early childhood development, family and community services, education, media, marketing, management and independent entrepreneur.

There are 5 categories of membership:

  1. Regular members are employed more than 10 hours / week.
  2. Non-employed members are employed on an average of less than 10 hours a week.
  3. Life membership can be given to a person who made an outstanding contribution to the Home Economics profession.
  4. Student members are enrolled in a full time undergraduate Home Economics degree program at a Canadian university.

Honorary membership can be given to a person who directly or indirectly has made an outstanding contribution to the Home Economics profession.