Recertification Policy

Recertification

Here is the link to the Recertification Application and the Confidentiality Agreement.

Information on submitting the Recertification Application

The Recertification Application may be submitted at any time during your 5 year certification period, but it should only be submitted when all 75 CEs have been completed. Please submit the application by uploading it via the CNS Portal. You should also pay the $200 Recertification Fee at the same time you submit the application.

Information on Recertification

The BCNS supports the ongoing professional development of its certificants. The mandatory recertification process provides the opportunity to demonstrate the retention, reinforcement and expansion of knowledge and skills pertaining to new advances over the full spectrum of nutrition science and nutrition care.

Each CNS must recertify their credential every five years. This includes obtaining 75 Continuing Education (CE) credits and submitting them to the BCNS for review. If a CNS earns more than 75 CEs during the 5-year certification period, they may not be carried over. The intent is to consistently participate in current educational activities.

Individuals may earn CEs in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Participating as a learner in professional and structured educational activity containing a minimum of 50% nutrition content
  • Teaching nutrition courses at a university or presenting at a scientific conference
  • Authoring or co-authoring books and articles in the field of nutrition
  • Editorship of a professional nutrition journal
  • Participation in the content development or as faculty of ANA specialty training programs (or other training programs for which professional CE credits are offered)
  • Participation on BCNS Exam Development Council

See the information below for more details. Still have questions? Contact us.

Do you have an event or learning activity that you’d like to offer to CNSs for Continuing Education credits? Please submit an application for CE Event Approval.

If you have feedback on events you attended, please share with us.

How to Earn Continuing Education Credits

1. Participation as a learner in a professional and structured educational activity containing a minimum of 50% nutrition content

Such activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attendance at learning activities offering Continuing Medical Education (CME) or other Continuing Education (CE) that are recognized by professional organizations, e.g. nutrition, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dietetics or other health professions' organizations and societies. The nutrition content of the activity must be equal to or greater than 50%. The number of Continuing Education (CE) credits is equal to that offered by the sponsor of the activity.

  • Nutrition courses at a US regionally accredited college or university. Each semester hour of a course taken for credit is eligible for 15 CE credits (e.g. a 3 credit course is 45 hours of classroom instruction, thus 45 CE credits.) Audited courses are eligible at 8 CE credits for each semester hour.

  • ANA webinars, annual science and practice summit, and specialty training courses are eligible for the number of CE credits listed on the website and within each program.

  • Other learning activities which have been approved by the BCNS Credentials Council for CE credit for CNSs. These activities are primarily educational in nature, are of scientific quality, evidence-based, representative of a balanced discussion of the topic, and contain nutrition content equal to or greater than 50%.

Please note the following:

  • Courses may be taken in person or online.

  • Training classes and activities with the primary purpose of the promotion of the sale of medical, nutritional or other products, or that promote certain aspects of nutrition but lack scientific quality (e.g., sound methodology and statistical analysis, lack of objectivity or balance) are not eligible for CE credits.

  • Here is a list of organizations that provide CE activity for CNSs. This is meant as a resource and not a complete list.

  • Documentation of CE will consist of the Record of Earned Continuing Education Credits form found on the website.  Certificates of attendance, transcripts, or other evidence of participation may be requested by the Credentials Council.

2. Teaching nutrition courses at a university or presenting at a scientific conference
  • Teaching nutrition courses at a US regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent or presenting at a scientific conference which offers CME or BCNS-approved CE are eligible for 1 CE credit per lecture hour.

  • Documentation of eligible teaching will consist of a letter describing the course or presentation and the number of lecture hours taught by the submitting CNS.

  • A maximum of 50 CE credits can be awarded in this category.
3. Authoring or co-authoring books and articles in the field of nutrition


The following are eligible for CE credits at the listed equivalencies:

  • Advanced level professional book or textbook: 40 CE credits

  • Professional review article or book chapter that is published in a peer-reviewed journal or in an advanced professional book: 15 CE credits

  • Full original research article published in a peer-reviewed journal
    ---Primary author: 10 CE credits
    ---Contributing author:  5 CE credits

  • Abstract of a scientific work or case history published in a peer-reviewed journal
    ---Primary author: 2 CE credits
    ---Contributing author: 1 CE credit

  • Non-professional publication that is peer reviewed or reviewed by BCNS Credentials Council and based on rigorous scientific research
    ---Primary author: 10 CE credits.
    ---Contributing author: 5 CE credits
    ---A maximum of 50 CE credits can be awarded in this category

Please note the following:

  • Books and papers must be published within the 5-year recertification period to which they are applied.

  • Documentation of authorship will consist of the name and title of the publication. The Credentials Council may request a copy of the work.

4. Editorship of a professional nutrition journal
  • Editor-in-chief of a professional nutrition journal: 25 CE credits per annum

  • Associate editor of a professional nutrition journal: 10 CE credits per annum

  • Member of editorial board of a nutrition-related journal: 2 CE credits per annum

  • Editor or co-editor of an advanced professional book or graduate level textbook in the field of nutrition: 15 CE credits

  • Documentation of CE will consist of a letter describing the editorial activity by the submitting CNS

  • A maximum of 50 CE credits can be awarded in this category

5. Participation in the content development or as faculty of ANA specialty training programs (or other training programs for which professional CE credits are offered)
  • This includes research, development, course review, and teaching

  • 1 CE credit earned per hour of learning time (CE) developed for the course

  • A maximum of 50 CE credits can be awarded in this category

6. Participation on the BCNS Exam Development Council
  • Appointments require BCNS Board approval
  • Maximum of 10 CE credits can be awarded in this category to council members per year for a maximum of 30 CEs per 5-year recertification period.

 

If you have questions on the Recertification process or on specific CE activities, please contact Certifications@NutritionSpecialists.org.