Frequently Asked Questions - Ketogenic Nutrition Training Program

Where can I access more detailed information about the Ketogenic Training Program options?

For detailed comparison information about the Foundational and Advanced Ketogenic Nutrition Training program, see the Program Overview.

Do I need to take the Foundational Ketogenic Training Program first?

No, you will either take the Foundational Ketogenic Nutrition Training Program or the Advanced Ketogenic Nutrition Training Program, not both. Modules 1-2 that make up the Foundational program are included in the Advanced program.

I want to begin by taking the Foundational Training program first. If I decide to take the Advanced Ketogenic Training program later, can I be credited for the completion of Modules 1-2 and the money I have already paid?

Unfortunately, this option is not possible. We encourage all learners to carefully consider which option is ideal for them before registering for a program. See the Program Overview for detailed comparison information.

How long will it take to complete the program?

  • For the Foundational program, it’s estimated to take 16 hours to complete required learning materials. You will have 3 months to complete both modules.
  • For the Advanced program, it’s estimated to take 56 hours to complete required learning materials. You will have 6 months to complete all 6 modules.

Are there time restrictions for registration or course completion?

Both programs offer open enrollment and can be started at any time. Once you register, you will have 3 months to complete the Foundational Ketogenic Nutrition program or 6 months to complete the Advanced Ketogenic Nutrition program.

I’m unable to fund the program all at once. Are there any payment plan options?

Unfortunately, this option is not available. Once you begin the course, you’ll have access to all materials. Because we don’t have the ability to issue partial access to the course, there are no options other than to pay for the course in full.

What background is recommended for each program?

  • Foundational Ketogenic Nutrition Training Program: There are no prerequisites for this program, although a background in science or biochemistry is preferred. It is open to anyone who registers.
  • Advanced Ketogenic Nutrition Training Program: This program is intended for individuals who have a strong background in nutrition assessment, nutrition therapy, and biochemistry. It’s designed for nutritionists and other licensed health care professionals who have nutrition in their legal scope of practice.

Can I earn continuing education credits for the programs offered?

  • Completion of the course may entitle you to the following continuing education (CE) credits approved by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS℠): 
    • Foundational Ketogenic Nutrition - 16 CEs
    • Advanced Ketogenic Nutrition - 56 CEs
  • Additionally, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) designates the Advanced Ketogenic Nutrition activity for a maximum of 52 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) for Registered Dietitians (RDs) and Registered Dietetic Technicians (DTRs).

Do I automatically receive a certification once I complete the Advanced Nutrition Ketogenic program?

No. You will receive a certificate of completion for the training program, but this is not the same as a certification. Upon successful completion of the Advanced Ketogenic Nutrition Training Program, you will be eligible to apply for the Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist (CKNS℠) credential. Please note: The CKNS℠ credential is offered by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS℠), which is separate from the American Nutrition Association (ANA).

What is required to become a Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist (CKNS℠)?

  1. Candidates will be required to meet eligibility requirements, including successful completion of the Advanced Ketogenic Nutrition Training Program AND one of the following: 
    • Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®) in good standing OR
    • Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) credential or licensed/certified as a dietitian/nutritionist (LDN/CDN) OR
    • MS or doctoral degree in nutrition, dietetics, medicine or health-related field from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or its foreign equivalent OR
    • Licensed Healthcare Professional in the U.S. with nutrition in the legal scope of practice including MD, DO, DC, ND, NP, RN, PharmD, Doctor of Nursing, or foreign equivalency.
  2. Passing score on the CKNS℠ examination, which is offered twice per year in March and September.

Learn more about the Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist℠ credential and exam.

Are there any continuing education requirements once I become certified as a CKNS℠?

Yes, you will be required to complete 30 continuing education (CE) credits every five years to recertify with the BCNS℠. Recertification fees also apply. Learn more about the Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist℠ credential.

How do I contact someone about these programs?

If you need additional information about the Foundational or Advanced Ketogenic Nutrition Training programs, please email us at

Learn more about the Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist℠ credential or email us at

Do you permit refunds or transfers to another course or individual?

No, there are no refunds issued, and we're unable to transfer funds or credits to another course or individual.

How do I register for an ANA Training Program (NEW as of Sept. 3, 2020)?

You will need to login to the ANA Portal to register for any ANA Training Program. To gain ANA Portal access, you will need to either join the ANA or sign up as a FREE Professional Associate. You are NOT required to be a paid Member of the ANA to access the Portal.

Once you are logged into the ANA Portal:

  1. Visit the Memberships, Certifications & Trainings tab
  2. Select the blue Enroll in a Training Program link
  3. Select the training course from the drop down list
  4. You will then be automatically directed to a secure Stripe payment page
  5. After the payment is processed, you will see a thank you screen acknowledging confirmation of payment. Please note, a Stripe receipt will be automatically sent to your email address. The receipt will not have your access instructions for the training program.

I forgot my ANA Portal password. What do I do?

  1. Visit the Portal login page and select “Forgot Password. Or you can access the link directly HERE.
  2. Enter your username which is the email address associated with your ANA Membership account.
  3. Check your email and follow the prompts in the email. If you do not see an email, please check your spam folder. Still not seeing the email, please reach out to

Once I have paid for a Training Program within the ANA Portal, how do I access the course materials?

You will receive a welcome email within one one business day of registering for an ANA Training Program. This welcome email will provide you with the access information for the training program which is housed in our Learning Management System. You will NOT access any of the training program materials from within the ANA Portal.

I didn’t receive a welcome email after I enrolled in the training program. Can you help me?

You will receive your welcome email within one business day of registering for an ANA Training Program within the ANA Portal. Please be sure to check your email spam folder for an email from If you’re unable to locate it, please email us and a new welcome email will be sent to you.