The New Mexico Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Board licenses both dieticians and nutritionists. It is legal in New Mexico to furnish nutritional information on food and vitamins, but only licensed nutritionists and dieticians are permitted to call themselves nutritionists or dieticians.
In New Mexico, individuals working in the field of nutrition may be licensed as nutritionists or nutrition associates, depending on their education and experience.
Individuals who want to learn how to become a nutritionist in New Mexico must first determine whether they meet the requirements for licensure as a nutritionist or nutrition associate:
To qualify as a licensed nutritionist in New Mexico, applicants must possess one of the following:
To qualify as a licensed nutrition associate in New Mexico, applicants must possess the following:
To qualify for licensure as a nutritionist or nutrition associate in New Mexico, candidates must pass an examination related to entry-level nutrition practice and nutrition care services that has been approved by the board or be licensed in another state that has standards for licensure that are no less stringent than those in New Mexico.
Currently, the required examination for registration as a dietician, which is developed and administered by Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), is required for licensure.
Candidates for nutritionist licenses in New Mexico must submit a completed and signed application, the required fee of $200 ($150 for the initial license fee and $50 for the application fee), and the following documents:
Candidates for nutrition associate licenses in New Mexico must submit a completed and signed application, the required fee of $200 ($150 for the initial license fee and $50 for the application fee), and the following documents:
The completed application and all documentation must be mailed to:
Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Board
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
All licenses in New Mexico are valid for one year, and all renewal licenses are valid for one year beginning the day after the expiration of the license being renewed. In addition to completing the online license renewal application, licensed nutritionists and nutrition associates must show proof of compliance with continuing education requirements and pay the required license renewal fee of $75.
Licensed nutrition and nutrition associates in New Mexico must provide proof of the completion of at least 15 clock hours, or they must verify current registration with the CDR.
Professional organizations and associations provide a number of services for nutritionists in New Mexico, including professional certification and membership, continuing education opportunities, and networking seminars and conventions.