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Virginia protects the titles of dietitian and nutritionist (C.N.S.s).

Virginia § 54.1-2731 “Prohibited terms; penalty” states that “No person shall hold himself out to be or advertise or permit to be advertised that such person is a dietitian or nutritionist” You may not use or imply that you are a “dietitian” or “nutritionist” alone or in conjunction with “licensed,” “registered,” or “certified.” However, there is no state certification requirement for providing nutrition care and holistic nutrition professionals may work within their scope of practice.

Code of Virginia, Chapter 91

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