Specialty Certifications

The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists administers the
Certified Ketogenic Nutrition SpecialistSM (CKNSSM) credential.  

CKNS

 
 
What is the CKNSSM?

The Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist (CKNS) certification will help identify you as a trained professional in the Ketogenic Diet. By successfully completing the Advanced Ketogenic Nutrition Program offered by the American Nutrition Association (ANA), you have completed the first step to earn this credential. 

How do I get the CKNSSM?

There are two eligibility requirements to earn the CKNS: Education and Examination

Education

Degree and Training Requirements

1. Degree Requirement: The candidate must hold one of the following:

  • Masters of Science degree in the field of nutrition or dietetics from a United States regionally accredited college or university, or it's foreign equivalent; or
  • Doctoral degree in the field of nutrition, dietetics, related health science or medicine, from a United States regionally accredited college or university, or its foreign equivalent; or
  • Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential or licensed/certified as nutritionist/dietitian (LDN, CDN); or
  • License as a healthcare practitioner in the U.S. with nutrition in legal scope of practice, including MD/DO, DC, ND, NP, PA, RN, PharmD, Doctor of Nursing or foreign equivalent.

“Regionally accredited” means an institution that was accredited, at the time the degree was awarded, by a regional accreditation body in the United States which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

Degrees from institutions outside the U.S. must be from that country’s equivalent of a regionally accredited U.S. institution and translated. Licenses from countries outside of the U.S. must be translated and have nutrition in legal scope of practice.

2. Training Requirement: All candidates must have completed all six modules of the American Nutrition Association (ANA) Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist Training course.

Examination

The candidate must achieve a passing score on the Certification Examination for Ketogenic Nutrition Specialists. The exam is offered two times per year and is offered online.

The Certification Examination for Ketogenic Nutrition Specialists is designed to test the knowledge and skills acquired by those who have successfully completed the educational requirements outlined above.The examination contains 60 multiple-choice, single answer questions.

The next exam will be offered on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Applications will be available beginning on December 1, 2019, and the deadline to submit is February 14, 2020.

Exam Content Outline

How to apply for the Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist Exam:

  1. Review the qualifications required to apply for the exam. This can be found on pages 5-6 the Program Overview.   
  2. Pay the exam application fee of $50 in My Portal.
  3. Within 7 business days of paying, access to the Exam Application will be provided within the online learning platform.
  4. Once logged in, choose the Courses tab from the top navigation panel. You will see the course called “Exam Application”
  5. Complete all required sections of the Exam Application.
  6. Applications will be reviewed within 14 business days.
  7. If any information is missing, notification will be sent via email. 
  8. Notification of the approval to take the exam will be sent to you via email. This will include details about the exam date, how to access the exam and how to pay for the exam.

 

Recertification

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 ketogenic nutrition science and nutrition care.

Each CKNS must recertify their credential every five years. This includes obtaining 30 Continuing Education (CE) credits and submitting them to the BCNS for review.

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

  • Participating in professional and structured educational activity specific to ketogenic nutrition.
  • Teaching ketogenic nutrition courses at a regionally accredited institution
    • Such courses are eligible for 1 CE credit per lecture hour.
    • Documentation of eligible teaching will consist of a letter describing the course and the number of lecture hours taught by the submitting CKNS.
    • A maximum of 15 CE credits can be awarded in this category.
  • Authoring or co-authoring books and articles in the field of ketogenic nutrition. The following are eligible for CE credits at the listed equivalencies:
    • Advanced level professional book or textbook on ketogenic nutrition: 40 CE credits
    • Professional review article or book chapter that is published in a peer-reviewed journal or in an advanced professional book: 25 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)
  • Presenting on ketogenic nutrition at a conference
    • Such courses are eligible for 1 CE credit per lecture hour.
    • Documentation of eligible teaching will consist of a letter describing the course and the number of lecture hours taught by the submitting CKNS.
    • A maximum of 15 CE credits can be awarded in this category.