The number of nutritionists being licensed in New York is steadily increasing, with 217 licenses issued in 2009, 280 licenses issued in 2012, and 319 licenses issued in 2013. As of January 1, 2014, there were 5,391 licensed dieticians and nutritionists in New York.
The New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, certifies dieticians and nutritionists in New York. As such, the titles certified dietician-nutritionist, certified dietician, and certified nutritionist within New York requires certification.
The Education Department, Office of the Professions recognizes the primary function of a certified nutritionist in New York as providing nutrition care services that include: assessing nutrition needs and food patterns; planning for the provision of food as related to physical and nutritional needs; and providing nutrition counseling.
Note: There is currently proposed legislation underway (Bill S4999) that would amend the current New York State certification of dieticians and nutritionist and provide for a protected scope of practice under licensure.
To become a certified nutritionist in New York, candidates must be at least 18 years old and must meet all education, experience, and examination requirements of one of the following:
Individuals must complete at least 800 hours of planned work experience, which may be the structured part of the educational program or may be completed after the completion of the educational program. This work experience must consist of continuous work experience in the field of dietetics/nutrition and must be under the supervision of a NYS certified dietician-nutritionist or is a member of a national nutrition or dietetic association that is acceptable to the Department. The experience must include:
Individuals must have completed at least 10 years of full-time education (a full-time equivalent year is 1,600 hours) and supervised experience within 15 years preceding the application for certification. The experience must include:
It must also include at least 2 ½ years of continuous planned work experience in dietetics-nutrition, which must have been under the supervision of a NYS certified dietician-nutritionist or is a member of a national nutrition or dietetic association that is acceptable to the Department; AND
Individuals qualifying for certification through this pathway must also obtain the endorsement of three dietitians or nutritionists acceptable to the Department.
To satisfy the examination requirements for certification in nutrition, candidates must take and pass the Certified Nutrition Specialist examination through the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists.
Candidates should contact the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists at 202-903-0267 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about admission requirements and the necessary procedures for taking the examination.
Candidates for certification as a nutritionist must complete an Application for Certification and send it, along with all required documentation and the certification fee of $294 (made payable to the New York State Education Department), to the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, at P.O. Box 22063, Albany, NY 12201.
Required documents may include one or more of the following:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York nutritionists made the top 10 list in a number of categories, as of May 2013: