The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Dieticians and Nutritionists is responsible for the licensing of dieticians and the certification of nutritionists. Individuals in Kentucky may also achieve dual licensure/certification as a dietician nutritionist.
Certified nutritionists in Kentucky are permitted to provide nutrition care services, which include (but are not limited to):
They are also responsible for providing nutrition assessment, which includes evaluating the nutrition needs of specific groups and populations, and nutrition counseling, which includes advising and assisting individuals or groups on appropriate nutrition.
Applicants for certification as a nutritionist in Kentucky must possess the following:
Applicants may also qualify for nutritionist certification if:
Upon meeting the educational requirements for nutritionist certification in Kentucky, applicants must apply by completing the Application and Verification for Licensure and Certification and paying the application fee of $50 for nutritionist certification or $100 for dual dietician licensure/nutritionist certification (made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer). The completed application and payment must be sent to:
Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dieticians and Nutritionists
P.O. Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602
Nutritionist certifications are renewed annually on November 1. In addition to completing a renewal form and paying the $50 renewal fee (or $100 for dual licensure/certification), certified nutritionists must show proof of the completion of 15 hours of continuing education. However, first-year certified nutritionists are not required to completed continuing education requirements to renew their certification.
Certified nutritionists in Kentucky may, through membership in professional organizations and associations, engage in useful networking opportunities, be eligible for continuing education events, such as courses, seminars, and conferences, and stay current on all the latest happenings in the dietetics and nutrition field of study. State associations for nutritionists in Kentucky include: