CNSlogo_finalThe Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) is the certifying body for the Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS®) and the Certified Nutrition Specialist-Scholar℠ (CNS-S℠) credential. The BCNS’ mission is to foster human health through the science and practice of professional nutrition care. Certified Nutrition Specialist professionals are on the front lines battling the epidemic of obesity and chronic disease, and the BCNS supports these efforts and certifies nutrition professionals who maintain the highest standard of nutrition competence.

Learn more about becoming a CNS! Please see our CNS Brochure.

Hear BCNS Vice President Corinne Bush, MS, CNS, discuss the recent repeal of a monopolistic nutrition law in Michigan, supplements, the value of a Certified Nutrition Specialist and more on the Intelligent Medicine podcast!
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The Certified Nutrition Specialist® certifying program is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)

nccaaccreditedlogoThe BCNS’ Certified Nutrition Specialist® certifying program is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. This accreditation signifies that the CNS certifying program has achieved the highest standard of professional credentialing, and attests to the knowledge, skills and professionalism of those who attain the CNS credential. Learn more.

The Certified Nutrition Specialist® professional is featured in the U.S. Government Definition of the Nutrition Profession

The U.S. Department of Labor cites the Certified Nutrition Specialist® as the credential that nutrition professionals may earn to show an advanced level of knowledge.  It appears in the “Dietitians and Nutritionists” entry in the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

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American College of Nutrition’s 56th Annual Conference, Nov. 11-13, 2015

Translational Health: Optimizing Brain Health To be held in Orlando, Florida. Check back soon for more information!

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The Spring Exam Will Be Held June 13, 2015: May Submit Applications

The Spring 2015 CNS certification examination will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Applications for the spring exam will be accepted until Friday, April 24, 2015. See the Upcoming Examinations page for other information about the exam. Please read the Eligibility Requirements before proceeding to the Application Procedure the where applications may be found. Links to […]

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