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Montana is an Exclusive Scope of Practice State. The law requires a license to provide nutrition services, and only dietitians/nutritionists may obtain a license. Dietitians in Montana refer to themselves as “Nutritionists,” and the law states that “A person may not represent to the public by any title, sign, or advertisement or description of services that the person is a nutritionist or a licensed nutritionist unless the person has been licensed.” Holistic nutrition professionals may not assess the nutritional needs of individuals or groups. You may not state or imply that you are licensed, registered, or certified by the state of Montana. Exemptions are limited in Montana, and those pertaining to holistic nutrition professionals are below. 


Section 37-25-304 Exemptions from licensure requirements. This chapter does not prevent:

(2) a licensed physician or nurse from engaging in the practice of dietetics-nutrition when it is incidental to the practice of that profession;

(6) a person from furnishing general nutritional information, including dissemination of literature, as to the use of food, food materials, or dietary supplements or from engaging in the explanation as to the use of foods or food products, including dietary supplements, in connection with the marketing and distribution of those products if the person does not represent to the public that the person is a nutritionist;

(7) a person from furnishing general nutrition information or disseminating literature if the person does not represent to the public that the person is a dietitian or a nutritionist; or

(8) a person from fulfilling state or federal regulations governing the delivery or provision of nutritional health services to hospitals or long-term care facilities if the person does not represent to the public that the person is a nutritionist.

Source: Montana Code Annotated Exemptions from Licensure Requirements. https://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/title_0370/chapter_0250/part_0030/section_0040/0370-0250-0030-0040.html

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