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.


Announcing Nutrition Pro 2015: Medical Nutrition Therapy in Practice
Presented by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists

November 14, 2015 • Orlando, Florida

Discussion topics by experts will include:
• Nutritional Practices Influencing Trends in Health Care
• Translating Genetic Information in Nutrition Practice
• Nutrition in Practice Component
• CEs for CNSs and RDs Available
• And Much More

Perfect for clinicians, students and individuals interested in nutrition. Learn more about Nutrition Pro 2015. (Discounts for CNSs and ACN conference attendees.)

Immediately following the American College of Nutrition’s annual conference, Translational Nutrition: Optimizing Brain Health


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.

Find us on Facebook at

Follow us on Twitter @NutriSpecialist

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!

Read the full article →

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. The application deadline for this exam has passed. Please check back soon for information about our Fall exam. 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 […]

Read the full article →