The 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.
Recent legislative victories for CNSs:
- Repeal of exclusionary Michigan licensing law a victory for consumer health and CNSs! Read more in our latest press release!
- Big news for CNSs! Medicare Ruling Levels Playing Field Among Nutrition Professionals and Registered Dietitians in Hospitals. Get all the details!
The Certified Nutrition Specialist® certifying program is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
The 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.