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:
Only individuals licensed in Alabama are authorized to use the title “dietician/nutritionist,” “nutritionist,” or “LN.”
To become a licensed nutritionist, candidates must:
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:
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
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.