Board Certification... the next step in your career.

Watch the informative video below to learn all about becoming Board Certified.

All About Board Certification Video

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Why Board Certification is So Important to the Sustainability of Our Industry

Every credential starts somewhere. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) didn’t start with over 100,000 Registered Dietitians. They built their numbers over decades, and that’s what the NANP is doing with the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition. The Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board, NANP's credentialing arm was established in 2003, and the exam was made available in its final form just 10 years ago. So, we've got a ways to go. 

A common credential, such as Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® demonstrates our unity as an industry and opens the door to assert ourselves as a viable part of the healthcare delivery system, proving that we undergo the same rigors as other health professionals. Those rigors include getting a standardized education, passing a national board exam, staying on top of what's current in our industry (obtaining CEUs), and going through the credentialing process.

As we fight for your right to practice, you may be surprised to learn that legislators at the federal level are familiar with the NANP and have contacted the organization for support of bills and special directives. Since the NANP was formed in the mid 80's, it's seen as a business league with longevity. But when it comes to legislation the biggest impact we can make is with numbers. Only with the collective, will we be able to demonstrate to lawmakers that we are a FORCE, and that we represent a great deal of their constituents. Our number one goal is to grow our numbers so we can prove we are a sustainable, unified industry, representing one standardized title and certification. The more unified our voice the more it is heard. 


Boost Your Credibility with Board Certification

Becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® or BCHN® demonstrates that you have achieved the highest level of professional recognition and validation of your knowledge and experience in the holistic nutrition industry.  

To earn this valuable designation, you must demonstrate an exceptional level of knowledge and understanding of holistic nutrition by sitting through a board exam and in documenting client contact hours.

Benefits of Board Certification

Board certification provides you with:

  • Credibility. Board certification indicates that you meet the educational and ethical standards required by a professional credentialing body.
  • Assurance. For your clients, insurance companies, the medical community, and other complementary practitioners, board certification proves that you are aware of and conduct your business within your legal scope of service and standards of professional conduct.
  • Validation of your educational and professional qualifications.
  • Confidence. There is nothing more personally gratifying than knowing you have achieved the highest credential offered in your field!
  • Access. Purchase directly from Standard Process, Designs for Health and other wellness companies.
    “We believe that the NANP board certification represents the GOLD STANDARD in the industry for the holistic nutrition professional; that’s why those with this credential may directly buy from us.”  -Standard Process®

    "I wanted to send this note of appreciation for your fine organization and the contribution it makes to the nutrition profession. I also wanted to particularly thank your organization for the development of your Certification Board Examination."  -Dr. David M. Brady, Chief Medical Officer, Designs for Health, Inc.®

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The Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) is the credentialing body founded in 2003 as a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).

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