Two Credentials to Choose From
1) Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®
The educational standards, code of ethics, and scope of practice set by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) are essential to the integrity, credibility, and protection of the holistic nutrition profession; they are also demanded by the sophisticated health consumer of today. National board certification is a responsible first step toward building consumer confidence and gaining wider acceptance among other credentialed health professionals.
Upon passing the exam, you will be given a certificate officially recognizing you as “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®” or “BCHN®.” Please use this in conjunction with your school of nutrition study’s certification or degree granted to you.
Example, a graduate of a program granting certification as a “Nutrition Consultant,” who also has a Master’s degree, would use their designations as such:
Holly Berry, Master of Science, Nutrition Consultant
Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®
Holly Berry, MS, NC, BCHN®
NOTE: Before using any title, please check the laws in your state. The use of the titles “nutritionist” and “nutrition counselor” are legislated in some states. To prevent misusing the title, please check your state laws governing the practice of nutrition.
It is also important that you become familiar with your state’s health freedom legislation. An increasing number of states have laws that protect consumers’ rights to choose their health providers and provide guidelines for complementary and alternative health professionals’ legal practice.
Exception for New Graduates
New graduates may apply to sit for the exam without providing documentation of 500 Contact Hours. The candidate will be allowed two (2) years from the date of his/her exam to provide this documentation. Upon passing the exam and until such time that the documentation requirement is satisfied, the candidate may use the title, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® (Candidate)” or “BCHN® (Candidate).”
A new graduate is an individual who graduated from a NANP-approved program within the twelve (12) month period in which they apply to sit for the exam.
2) Certified Nutrition Professional
NOTE: Only applicable to those with bachelor’s degrees and above specifically in nutrition. Must pass the board exam to qualify.
The NANP also offers the following additional certification level, “Certified Nutrition Professional” or “CNP.” To qualify, the following criteria must be met:
- All requirements of Board Certification; AND
- A bachelor’s degree or higher in nutrition or a nutrition-related field of study from a NANP approved holistic nutrition program, OR a college or university regionally or nationally accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; AND
- 1,200 Supervised Practice Hours.
Supervisor Credentials must consist of one or more of the following with a minimum of three full-time years of clinical experience in nutrition care:
- Certified Nutrition Professional; or
- Masters of Science or Doctoral Degree in nutrition or nutrition-related field of study (state-licensed or certified); or
- Other licensed healthcare professionals whose scope of practice legally includes the dispensation of nutrition education/counseling services.
The supervisor(s) must be approved by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB). A signed Practice Supervisor Approval Form must be submitted to the HNCB.
Exception for New Graduates
New graduates may apply to sit for the exam without providing documentation of 1,200 Supervised Practice Hours. The candidate will be allowed three (3) years from the date of his/her exam to provide this documentation. Upon passing the exam and until such time that the documentation requirement is satisfied, the candidate may use the title, “Certified Nutrition Professional (Candidate).”
A new graduate is an individual who graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher in Nutrition or related field of study from an NANP-approved program or accredited college or university within the twelve (12) month period before receipt of his/her application to sit for the board exam.
Those who meet the requirements above will have the ability to use the titles, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®,” “BCHN®,” and “Certified Nutrition Professional.”
“Grandfathering” parameters for veteran practitioners. A practitioner may avoid submitting the supervised practice hours if he/she can document the following:
- 1,500 combined Direct & Indirect Contact Hours (may exclusively be Direct contact hours; must be a minimum of 750 Direct contact hours).
- Minimum of five (5) years in nutrition practice
- Two (2) additional professional letters of reference
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