1. In order to enhance continued competence, all diplomates must complete a minimum of 16 classroom credit hours of continuing education in nutrition (a maximum of 4 hours may be in on-line or distance learning format) each calendar year in a program of study approved by the Board.
The mandatory 16 credit hours of continuing education in nutrition may be waived by the Board if the diplomate:
a. Authors an article in the field of nutrition which is published in an indexed or peer reviewed journal in the year of recertification.
b. Elects to have an on site examination (i.e., in the Diplomate's office) including observation of clinical visits, records review and oral responses to questions which will prove his/her competency. The Diplomate will be responsible for the reasonable costs involved in the onsite review.
c. Has instructed a minimum of 16 credit hours of education in nutrition approved by the Board.
d. Undergoes a rigorous program of self-study and self-assessment in nutrition. See Bylaws for full description.
e. Proposes alternative methodology of recertification to the Board that will demonstrate enhanced continued competence. Such proposals must be in writing to the board and must be accepted by the Board as fulfilling criterion for recertification before being implemented.
f. May utilize any combo of items a through e, approved by the Board.
2. In order to enhance continued competence the diplomate must certify to the Board that they have reviewed a minimum of 12 articles yearly in the field of nutrition published in indexed peer reviewed journals. The diplomate must provide the Board with the names of the articles, author(s) and journal citations when requested by the Board.
3. Pay the recertification fee of $175.00 on or before the 31st of December each year.
4. Complete the Recertification form
5. Provide a copy of the transcript /certificate showing attendance from the sponsoring college or university or verification, if used other recertification method, must accompany your annual recertification fee.
Any nutrition course sponsored or co-sponsored by a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, or an agency having a reciprocal agreement with the recognized agency will be accepted for continuing education this year. This includes, but is not limited to:
Diplomate in Nutrition classes
Masters Degree in Nutrition courses
Council on Nutrition Symposium
Local state association conventions
Seminars promoted by supplement companies that are sponsored by a college or university
University & college courses on the topic of nutrition
The exception to the 4 hour online requirement is:
Northwestern Health Sciences University offers an online Diplomate in Nutrition program.
The Board has approved any of the 14 hour online classes along with 2 "live" seminar hours to meet the 16 recertification hours.
Each module is 14 hours and costs $279.00. Click below for more information:
Should a diplomate wish to have a class/course other than those listed above considered for approval in meeting the requirements, it will be necessary to have the presenting entity fill out and submit a Recertification Requirements Approval Request, along with the required fee, at least 90 days in advance. Submitting a request does not guarantee it will be approved.