Recertification

How to Earn Continuing Education Credits

Participation as a learner in a professional and structured educational activity that is related to nutrition and nutrition care.  

Such activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attendance at teaching activities offering Continuing Medical Education (CME) or other Continuing Professional Education (CPE) that are recognized by professional organizations, e.g., 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.
  • Attendance at classes and teaching activities offered in association with nutrition educational opportunities hosted by provider organizations. The number of CE credits will generally be equal to 1 credit per hour of instruction.
  • 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.
  • Other learning activities approved by the BCNS Credentials Council. The activity must be primarily educational in nature, the presentations of scientific quality, evidence-based, representative of a balanced discussion of the topic, with 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.
  • Examples of organizations which offer accepted continuing education activities include but are not limited to the following: American College of NutritionBoard for Certification of Nutrition Specialists, Institute of Functional Medicine, American College for the Advancement of Medicine, Scripps Health, Functional Medicine University, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, National Association of Nutrition Practitioners, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, Food and Spirit Certification Program, NutritionCME.org and NutritionandHealthConf.org. Free online CMEs by GrassrootsHealth now available through UCSD.
  • 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 if you are audited or upon request of the Credentials Council.
 

Teaching nutrition courses at a US regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent 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 CNS.
  • A maximum of 50 CE credits can be awarded in this category.

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 in certain cases.
 

Editorship

  • 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
 

Organizing and chairing or co-chairing a scientific session

Organizing and chairing or co-chairing a scientific session at a professional meeting will be eligible for 2 CE credits, if the nutrition content of the activities is equal to or greater than 50%.
  • Documentation of Organizing and Chairing or Co-Chairing a scientific session will consist of a letter describing the activity, including the sponsor of the activity, subject content and number of CEs offered.
  • A maximum of 50 CE credits can be awarded in this category.