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1. In order to enhance continued competence, all diplomates must complete a minimum of 12  credit hours of continuing education in nutrition each calendar year in a program of study approved by the Board.

As of the 2022, recertification period, the CBCN will ONLY accept required continuing education recertification hours offered by the annual Council on Nutrition Symposium, the annual Council for Diagnosis and Internal Disease Symposium or Diplomate in Nutrition online classes.

The mandatory 12 credit hours of continuing education in nutrition may be waived by the Board if the diplomat:

  • 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 Diplomates' office) including observation of clinical visits, records review and oral responses to questions which will prove his/her competency. The Diplomat will be responsible for the reasonable costs involved in the onsite review.
  • c. Has instructed a minimum of 12 credit hours of education in nutrition approved by the Board.
  • d. 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.
  • e. 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 diplomat 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 online (currently $200.00) on or before the 31st of December each year.   

4. Upload a copy of the transcript /certificate showing attendance from the sponsoring college or university or verification, or verification of alternative recertification method.

5. Beginning 2020, all Diplomates are required to attend ONE annual meeting every three years.

6. Delinquent Penalties  If requirements are not received by December 31st:
    a) If you completed your 12 CE hours before the deadline, but submit late, there will be a $250.00 penalty
    b) If you fail to earn your CE hours before the deadline, there will be
12 additional CE hours required (for a total of 24 CE due).

If you have a hardship or anticipate that you can not complete your recertification requirements in a timely manner, send an email explaining the issue to the CBCN  before November 30th.

Acceptable Courses

  • Diplomate in Nutrition classes online
  • Council on Nutrition symposium
  • Council on Diagnosis and Internal Diagnosis symposium

Current 300 hour Nutrition Diplomate Programs     

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