Membership Requirements

Maintaining the Nutrition Specialist Certification credential requires that all certificants:

  1.   Renew membership annually
  2.   Re-certify every two years
  3.   Maintain/Update Contact Information

Nutrition Specialist Renewal

All Nutrition Specialists are required to renew their Nutrition Specialist Certification annually:

  • Membership fees are due by December 31st, 2015.
  • Fees not received by December 31st, 2015, will result in cancellation of  the Nutrition Specialist Certification. Access to the AASDN dietitian and to the Nutrition Specialist Membership Center will be denied.
  • Membership fees must be received before membership and access to the Nutrition Specialist Membership Center is reinstated.
  • Membership may be reinstated from January 1st through February 28, 2016.
  • Beginning March 1, 2016 through December 31st, 2016 membership may be reactivated.
  • If membership is not up-to-date by December 31st, 2016 (one year grace period) the Nutrition Specialist Certification is revoked and cannot be reinstated.
Early Bird Special – Renew by November 30 $49
Annual Membership – December 1st through December 31st $59
Reinstatement Fee – January 1st through February 28, 2016 $65
Reactivation Fee – March 1 through December 31st, 2016 $75

Note: Anyone certified in the last quarter of 2015 (October through December) will receive the 2016 membership for free.

Nutrition Specialist Recertification

Due to the rapid advances in nutrition research and addition of nutritional products AASDN Credentialing Commission has determined that recertification of the Nutrition Specialist Credential every two years is warranted. The purpose of recertification is to ensure that qualified professionals maintain and enhance levels of proficiency in their related fields through continuing education requirements. Continuing education programs promote continuing development of expertise and skills. To support AASDN’s commitment to dissemination of sound, scientific information to the public, maintaining the Nutrition Specialist certification includes the following

  • Continuing Education Policy. AASDN requires a total of 15 contact hours every two years. Content must fall within the Domains listed in the table below. AASDN also accepts documentation of work in the field of nutrition such as nutrition classes, lectures, etc. Certificants must complete the online Continuing Education Course Petition form for approval of work completed in the field of nutrition. The five performance domains (statistically weighted) include:


Performance Domains* Weight
The Science of Nutrition 19%
Incorporating Nutrition Programs 20%
Communication/Coaching Skills 23%
Nutrition Research – Applications and Methods 21%
Professional and Legal Practices 17%
  •  All AASDN Certificants are held to higher standards since all Certificants are members of the health community. Therefore, AASDN-BOC has instituted a random audit whereby 10% of all Nutrition Specialists will be asked to provide documentation of contact hours. No fees are associated with this process. Certificants that are chosen will be notified via USPS and must show proof of contact hours within 60 days of notification.

Maintain/Update Contact Information

It is the responsibility of all certificants to notify AASDN of any changes in name or contact information. Failure to do so can results in cancellation of membership.