What category am I eligible for?
Step 1: Consult our registration flow chart for a quick guide
Step 2: Read the category descriptions below for more information
Step 3: If you are still unsure, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr)
Associate registration is for those who have recently graduated from a BSc (Hons) or MSc in a nutritional science, usually within the last 2 years. Associates will have the evidence of underpinning scientific knowledge in evidence-based nutrition but not necessarily the evidence of practical skills and experience.
An Associate will normally be a supervised practitioner (ie will normally work in an appropriate team with some degree of relevant professional oversight and/or mentoring), and will not normally engage in wholly independent practice. The title ANutr may only be used whilst applied skills are being acquired to allow transfer to full registration. It is not expected that an individual will remain on the Associate level for an unlimited period of time, and Associates should apply for full registration within 5 years (normally after attaining three years of professional practice).
Graduates from courses accredited by the AfN are entitled to apply for Direct Entry at Associate level onto the UKVRN. To confirm if your course is accredited by the Association please see our list of accredited courses.
All other graduates must complete a New Application for Associate Registration Form and, in support of this information, submit an up to date CV, a statement of competence linked to a nutrition Competency Mapping form and portfolio of evidence. Associates must be able to meet the competencies listed in Competency Requirements for Associate Registration.
Apply for Associate Registration.
Full Registration as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr)
Full Registrants will usually have a BSc (Hons) or MSc in a nutritional science plus approximately 3 years professional experience (gained within the last 5 years). If an individual does not have a nutrition degree then 7 years professional experience in nutrition may also be acceptable if the applicant can demonstrate they have acquired the necessary underpinning scientific knowledge through their significant professional experience.
You can apply for full registered status without having been an Associate first. Or, Associates can apply for full registered status after gaining around three years professional experience.
A Registered Nutritionist can provide advice, based on scientific evidence, on general and specific aspects of nutrition in relation to life and health in individuals and populations.
Full Registrants may practise as independent practitioners in relation to nutrition and health both for individual clients and for groups of people or populations.
Full Registrants may practise as part of a team under the supervision of a suitably qualified doctor contributing to the management of people with medical conditions. Registration as a nutritionist does not entitle the registrant to represent themselves as a Registered Dietitian.
Full Registrants are expected to use their skills for the public good. They are to be aware of the limits of their competence, and of the settings in which they are competent to practise. They may not use their title to make claims unsubstantiated by peer reviewed and published scientific evidence to directly endorse or validate a specific food or supplement.
Registered Nutritionists are expected to meet the competencies listed in Competency Requirements for Full Registration
Apply for full registered status.