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Washington State

Washington is a Certification State. The law in Washington State allows dietitians and nutritionists to be certified and protects the titles of “dietitian” and “nutritionist.” No restrictions are preventing holistic nutrition professionals from working within their scope of practice in Washington State.   

18.138.020 – Certification required.

(1) No persons shall represent themselves as certified dietitians or certified nutritionists unless certified as provided for in this chapter.

(2) Persons represent themselves as certified dietitians or certified nutritionists when any title or any description of services is used which incorporates one or more of the following items or designations: “Certified dietitian,” “certified dietician,” “certified nutritionist,” “D.,” “C.D.,” or “C.N.”

EXEMPTIONS:

Holistic nutrition professionals may practice in Washington State as long as you do not use the protected titles of “dietitian” or “nutritionist.” You may not state or imply that you are licensed, certified, or registered by the state.

Sources: Dietitians and Nutritionists, Chapter 18-138, https://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=18.138

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