State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

Alabama

Alabama Nutritionist Certification

The Alabama State Board of Examiners for Dietetics and Nutritionists provides licensing for nutritionists and dieticians practicing in the State of Alabama. The Board of Examiners is authorized and directed to ensure that all regulations and standards governing the licensing of nutritionists is followed and that there are a set of minimum standards for all registered nutritionists in the State.

Nutritionists in Alabama are responsible for integrating and applying the principles of nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, food, management, and the behavioral and social sciences needed to achieve and maintain health. Nutrition services provided by licensed nutritionists may include:

  • Assessing the nutritional needs of individuals and groups
  • Developing, managing, and implementing nutrition care systems
  • Establishing priorities and goals that meet nutritional needs
  • Evaluating and making changes to appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition services
  • Providing nutrition counseling in health and disease

Only individuals licensed in Alabama are authorized to use the title “dietician/nutritionist,” “nutritionist,” or “LN.”

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Licensure Requirements for Nutritionists in Alabama

To become a licensed nutritionist, candidates must:

  • Be at least 19 years old
  • Be able to submit evidence of good moral character and responsibility
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university  accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges or other regional accreditation agency with a major in one of the following:
    • Human Nutrition
    • Food Nutrition
    • Dietetics
    • Food Systems Management
  • Have completed a planned and continuous pre-professional experience in nutrition practices that totals at least 900 hours; the experience must be under the supervision of a registered dietician or practitioner licensed

Upon completion of an education and pre-professional program in nutrition, candidates for nutritionist jobs must take and pass an examination through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The examination covers the following topics:

  • Principles of Dietetics
  • Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups
  • Management of Food and Nutrition Programs and Services
  • Foodservice Systems

The Application Process for Nutritionist Licensure in Alabama

To become licensed, applicants must complete an Application for Licensure and send it, along with two personal references, a current, picture identification, and $250 ($100 application fee and $150 license fee, made payable to the Alabama Board of Examiners for Dietetic Nutrition Practice) to:

Alabama Board of Examiners for Dietetic/Nutrition Practice
Post Office Box 300500
Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Licensure Renewal for Nutritionists in Alabama

Alabama nutritionist licenses must be renewed every 2 years. To renew a license, nutritionists must meet the continuing education requirements recognized through the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and complete a license renewal form.

A current copy of their driver’s license and the $150 renewal fee (made payable to Alabama Board of Examiners for Dietetic/Nutrition Practice) must accompany the renewal form.

Renewal is dependent upon the completion of at least 30 hours of continuing education. Licensees must include copies of all certificates of attendance to verify the completion of their CPE hours.

More information about continuing education for nutritionists in Alabama can be found in the publication: Guidelines for Acceptable Professional Education Activities.

 

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