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How to Get Involved

CNS Referral Network

The BCNS regularly gets requests from health professionals, individuals and organizations that are looking for CNSs in their geographic area, or in an area of specialty. 

If you would like to be part of the CNS Referral Network, please complete the Get Involved survey.

Please note that your CNS credential must be in good standing to participate (i.e. you are current with all annual fees and, if applicable, your recertification is up-to-date). 

CNS Ambassador Program

As a CNS Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to give back to the profession by helping in any of the following ways:

  • Be a supervisor for CNS candidates’ supervised practice experience requirement.
  • Advocate for nutrition practice rights.
  • Guide and support CNS candidates who have questions regarding state specific licensing, laws, etc.
  • Help coordinate the CNS advocacy response in your state when there is active legislation.
  • Serve on state boards and advocate for fair application of licensing laws.
  • Help us reach out to students in CNS-eligible programs to explain the benefits of becoming a CNS.
  • Volunteer as a BCNS representative at conference exhibits.

Benefits of being a CNS Ambassador: 

  • Solidify your knowledge by helping others learn.
  • Enhance your professional experience/CV.
  • Expand your professional network.
  • Connect with the CNS community

If you would like to join the CNS Ambassador Program, please complete the Get Involved survey.

Item Writing Task Force Member

Main Responsibility: Drafting examination questions in accordance with specified item writing criteria and the Certification Examination of Nutrition Specialists™ content outline.

Overview: The Item Writing Task Force is a key component of the examination development process. Members of this group will receive structured training on writing quality test questions from the examination administrator and psychometrician. Attendees will then be requested to write a group of questions in assigned domain areas.  These questions will become part of a holding tank for use by the Examination Review Committee to craft and validate quality examination questions. 

Task Force Member Commitment:

  • Attend two six-hour training webinars per year.

  • Submit 25 questions per training session in assigned domain areas in accordance with criteria outlined in training.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • CNS or CNS-S certification preferred

  • MS or doctoral degree in nutrition or related field

  • Clinical or academic experience

  • Expertise in one or more domain areas

  • Item writing experience a plus

  • Mandatory attendance at two day-long sessions per year

  • Initial term of one year

If you would like to join the Item Writing Task Force, please complete the Get Involved survey.

Examination Development Council Member

Main Responsibilities:  Craft and validate items for the examination bank. Serve as subject matter experts for the Job Analysis Task Force, which sets the competencies required of all CNS candidates.

Overview: The Examination Development Council is a key component of the examination development process. Members are selected to represent the varied backgrounds of the CNS population in terms of credentials and level of experience. Members attend monthly phone meetings to review edited items and conduct Angoff scores, review examination results, and assign cut scores under the direction of CNS examination administrator and psychometrician.

Member Commitment:

  • Work offline (several hours per month) to edit or develop draft questions
  • Attend monthly two-hour phone meetings to review edited questions, conduct Angoff ratings, and recommend cut scores
  • Serve as subject matter experts for the Job Analysis Task Force, which sets the competencies required of all CNS candidates. 

Member Qualifications:

  • CNS or CNS-S certification preferred
  • Doctoral degree in nutrition or related field preferred
  • Peer reviewed publications in the field of nutrition science/research
  • Experience in academia or exam development writing a plus
  • Expertise in one or more domain areas
  • Mandatory attendance at monthly phone meetings and offline work on assigned items (approximately 4-5 hours per month)  

If you would like to join the Examination Development Council, please complete the Get Involved survey.

Credentials Council, Application Review Panel Member

Main Responsibility: Approve candidates to sit for the Certification Examination for Nutrition Specialists™ and confer final approval for the CNS and CNS-S certifications.

Overview: The members of this panel review applications to ensure all eligibility requirements are met. The work is done by each panel member offline, but is time-sensitive. The approval process is done in two phases: approval to sit for the examination and approval of practice experience. Final approval for awarding the CNS and CNS-S credentials are made by the Credentialing Standards Council, based on the recommendation by the Application Approval Panel member.

The Council also reviews and issues final decisions on any questionable issues elevated by panel members during the application review process.

Panel Member Commitment:  

  • Several hours per month working offline to review and approve the following: applications to sit for examination, supervisor approvals, documented practice experience applications and recertification applications.  

  • Ability to turn around applications within 3-4 business days.

  • Attendance at several two-hour phone meetings per year.

Member Qualifications:  

  • CNS or CNS-S credential 

  • MS or doctoral degree in nutrition or related field

  • Clinical or academic experience

If you would like to join the Credentials Council, Application Review Panel, please comple the Get Involved survey.