Become a CNS®

Become certified as an advanced personalized nutrition practitioner.

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Current CNS®

Continue learning and growing. Access your CNS resources.

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Specialty Certifications

Become an expert in specialty areas of nutrition science and practice.

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University & CE Partnerships

Collaborate with us to advanced nutrition education and practice before and after certification.

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The next CNS Certification Exam will be held December 11-15, 2021. The application deadline is October 15, 2021. Please see Become a CNS for details.

The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠ (BCNS℠) was established in 1993 and administers the advanced certification for personalized nutrition practitioners: Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS®).

We Set Robust Standards for the Practice of Personalized Nutrition:

  • Our certifying board, the Board for Certification of Nutrition SpecialistsSM (BCNSSM), sets the standard for advanced personalized nutrition practitioners via our Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS®) credential.
  • We certify practitioners in specialty areas of advanced personalized nutrition.
  • We designate as Fellows those who have distinguished themselves in the area of nutrition science and research.
  • We partner with universities to instill curriculum standards that equip the next generation of nutrition professionals.

About the BCNS

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My Portal is the one-stop shop for CNSs and ANA members. Monitor your CNS status, pay fees, submit forms, update your contact information, and more with My Portal. New to our site? Choose an ANA membership level to log in. You can choose a paid or complimentary membership level. Click the button below and choose "Not a Member" to get started.
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Access BCNS Forms & Resources

You may also view and download all CNS forms and applications directly even without My Portal access.

BCNS Forms & Resources