Typically Registered Associate Nutritionist status is suitable for those who have just graduated, or who do not as yet have three years professional practice. For those applying for this level of registration (normally within three years of graduating from a nutrition degree programme), we expect to see evidence of strong underpinning knowledge in nutrition science meeting our required competencies. If you do not have an accredited degree
you will need to match up the areas covered from your degree syllabus against the relevant competency-mapping form
which lists all the required competencies you will need to meet.
Those applying for Registered Nutritionist status must provide evidence of solid underpinning scientific knowledge and, in addition, strong evidence to show how they have attained and developed the required specialist skills and experience through the professional application of this knowledge.
If you are still uncertain which level of Registration or which specialism you should apply for, please read more about the categories, the Guide to Registration and the competencies for each of these.
We would expect Associate Registrants to apply to transfer to Registered Nutritionist Status once they have gained around three years professional postgraduate experience (depending on the opportunities you obtain during this period). In order to transfer your category of registration, you do not necessarily need any extra qualifications, however your transfer application must show that you have kept your professional knowledge up-to-date, and should concentrate on how you have developed your nutritional skills and competence through your professional experience since you graduated. The evidence you submit must therefore reflect how you have developed through working in the field of nutrition in order to show you now have practical experience of all the competencies required showing that you have worked independently in applying your knowledge, as well as showing that you continue to abide by our Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance in your practice.
You can find more guidance on preparing your portfolio of evidence to transfer your category of registration here
If the programme you graduated from is recognised as being of an equivalent level to a UK honours degree or higher level qualification in nutrition, you should be able to apply to join the Register if you feel you can meet all the nutrition competencies required. You will however need to provide a ‘statement of comparability’ which should be obtained from NARIC
and will state, in English, exactly what your overseas qualification equates to in the UK.
All of the documentation in your application will also need to be translated into English if the originals are in another language (to allow our assessors to assess the information you have provided). These translations must be certified and signed by the translator to confirm that they are true and accurate.
No, you do not have to be a member of the Nutrition Society to apply to be a Registered Associate Nutritionist or Registered Nutritionist. The AfN and Nutrition Society are separate organisation. Therefore similarly membership with the Nutrition Society does not mean that you are a Registered Associate Nutritionist or Registered Nutritionist.
Not at present. The nutrition profession as a whole is only voluntarily regulated (by the Association) which means the term ‘nutritionist’ is not regulated by law (unlike Dietitians who must be on a statutorily regulated register before they are allowed to practice). An individual does not have to be on the UKVRN to work in the nutrition industry, however employers are increasingly looking for registered status in posts they advertise, as registration with UKVRN is widely recognised as a bench mark of quality, science based nutritional knowledge and skills. All the individuals on the UKVRN are professional nutritionists, upholding our Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance at all times and have provided evidence that they have met rigorous standards through their qualifications and experience.
Yes, Registered Nutritionists are able to work with individual clients and many do so, providing support on following healthy diets, achieving goals such as weight management or in aiding sports performance etc. However, it must be noted that dietary advice should not be given in relation to a pre-existing medical condition(s). Individuals requiring dietary support for their pre-existing medical condition should normally be referred to a regulated health professional. Registered Nutritionists may work with such individuals in respect to their pre-existing medical condition only under the supervision of an appropriately qualified healthcare professional such as a GP or a dietitian. Registered Nutritionists may work independently with individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, providing the advice and support they are providing is not in respect to their medical condition and does not contraindicate with the management of their medical condition. Often this will require the Registered Nutritionist to work in collaboration with the healthcare professional managing the medical condition.
Our Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance (which all registrants must abide by) states that UKVRN registrants are expected to work within their scope of practice. You should also ensure you have appropriate indemnity insurance in place.
Registered Associate Nutritionists can work with individual clients in the same way that Registered Nutritionist can, but you must have in place support/mentoring from an appropriately qualified nutrition professional such as a Registered Nutritionist or Registered Dietitian.
Our Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance (which all registrants have agreed to abide by) states that UKVRN registrants are expected to work within his/her scope of practice. You should also ensure you have appropriate indemnity insurance in place.
By itself no, a diploma in nutritional therapy or naturopathic nutrition will not be enough to enable you to meet the required standards to join the UKVRN as you have to show how you have developed professional competency, ethics and values to practice within our statement of professional conduct.
A diploma is not equivalent to a science-based bachelors degree with honours or a masters in nutrition. You might be able to meet the criteria if you can show you learnt ‘on the job’ over a long period (usually about a minimum of seven years) and this knowledge and experience is science-based and at the level equivalent of a university graduate. Alternatively, you could study at a university
, preferably on an accredited programme
If you inform the Registration Office (firstname.lastname@example.org
) of the date your maternity leave begins, you are entitled to 'voluntarily suspend' your Registration for a period of up to 24 months. During this time you will not need to pay any Registration fees that would be due but will continue to receive communications, and can simply re-instate your active Registration by contacting us again when you return to work. Please note, however, if you leave it longer than 24 months your registration will lapse, you will then be required to apply for reinstatement.
What do I do if my registration has lapsed?
If your registration has lapsed, and you did not voluntary suspend your registration in advance for maternity leave or ill health reasons, you will be required to apply for reinstatement. Please contact the Registration Office
for more information.
What is a foolscap wallet?
There are many variations from different suppliers, and a quick online search will find you a number of examples and places to get them. An example of what they look like is below:
- Why can I not use individual plastic pockets/wallets within portfolio folder?
We appreciate that you may wish to use plastic pockets to separate your documents, however this makes it extremely time consuming if the portfolio needs to be copied or transferred into a new folder for any reason. Therefore we request that you do not use plastic pockets/wallets and if required use dividers to separate sections instead.
We require two applications as one is sent to the assessor and one is retained in the office for your permanent record and if needed by a second assessor. We do not routinely return portfolio applications and one copy remains on file as a permanent record of your registration application. If you would like one copy of your portfolio to be returned, please indicate this to the registration officer and this can be arranged. Please note, we do however have to charge for postage and packaging when returning a portfolio.
Application are different sizes and therefore have different weights and postal costs associated with this. The best advice is to take this to a Post Office counter where it can be weighed and the appropriate postal charge paid. Alternatively the online Post Office price finder
can be used to determine the cost based on the weight and size of your document. Please note that any envelope larger than A5 is not covered by a standard 1st or 2nd class stamp. Any post that is underpaid results in a charge from Royal Mail for both the amount underpaid and a handling fee. AfN is not able to accept Royal Mail requests for additional payment and therefore post that has been underpaid will be rejected.
Applications for ANutr via the Direct Entry route take on average 10 working days, providing the pass list has been submitted by the university.
Applications via portfolio for ANutr, RNutr (incl. transfer) take on average 14-18 weeks to assess after references have been received, although please note this may be longer during particularly busy times.