Board Certification

The Next Step in Your Career

A common credential, such as Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® demonstrates our unity as an industry and opens the door to assert ourselves as a viable part of the healthcare delivery system, proving that we undergo the same rigors as other health professionals. Those rigors include: getting a standardized education, passing a national board exam, staying on top of what’s current in our industry (obtaining CECs), and going through the credentialing process.

Boost Your Credibility with Board Certification

Becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® or BCHN® demonstrates that you have achieved the highest level of professional recognition and validation of your knowledge and experience in the holistic nutrition industry.

To earn this valuable designation, you must demonstrate an exceptional level of knowledge and understanding of holistic nutrition by passing the board exam and documenting client contact hours.

Benefits of Board Certification



Board certification indicates that you meet the educational and ethical standards required by a professional credentialing body.


For your clients, insurance companies, the medical community, and other complementary practitioners, board certification proves that you are aware of and conduct your business within your legal scope of service and standards of professional conduct.


Showcase your educational and professional qualifications (and show off your hard work, time, passion, and commitment to the holistic health industry!).



There is nothing more personally gratifying than knowing you have achieved the highest credential offered in your field! You should feel proud and excited to share your accomplishment with everyone you meet.



Doors open when you share that you are board-certified. Doctors, wellness companies, state/federal agencies, schools, corporations, supplement manufacturers/distributors, and more are taking note of this important designation.


Competing nutrition organizations have efforts underway in many states to make it illegal to use specific titles associated with the word “nutrition.” The bill language in those states allows only trademarked titles to be used. The NANP took steps years ago to get the title “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®,” trademarked by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. So, as long as you’re Board Certified, you’ll be covered. Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® is a Credential; it has been trademarked and can be used by Holistic Nutrition Professionals who have passed the exam. While it does not provide you with a pathway to licensure, the credential does set you apart from other practitioners, it shows you are well versed in holistic nutrition, understand your scope of practice, continue your education, and have been vetted through a background check through the National Practitioner Data Bank.


“Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®” or “BCHN®.”
New graduates who have not yet provided evidence of earning 500 Contact Hours will use the title “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® (Candidate)” or “BCHN® (Candidate).”

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About the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board

The Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) is the credentialing body founded in 2003 as a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).

“I wanted to send this note of appreciation for your fine organization and the contribution it makes to the nutrition profession. I also wanted to particularly thank your organization for the development of your Certification Board Examination.” 

Dr. David M. Brady, Chief Medical Officer, Designs for Health, Inc.®

What Members Are Saying

"Not only does NANP support us as Nutrition Professionals as a whole, but the community and resources that we can use in our day to day business are all there for us in one place."

~ NANP member

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