Certified nutritionists and registered dieticians must adhere to specific education and examination requirements administered by the state agency where that license is to be held. Requirements vary from state to state, with a wide range of certification types. There are also special requirements for those performing work related to specific agencies, health care providers and government reimbursement programs. Those interested in a career in nutrition in their particular state should research that state’s particular rules and regulations in order to properly assess the time and commitment to reach their professional goals.
|There is no legal opposition to individuals performing nutrition counseling on their own, although insurance limitations regarding reimbursement eligibility may apply.|
|Anyone can perform nutrition counseling on their own, however only an RD (Registered Dietitian) is accredited and authorized to be recognized by the US Government as performing services that are eligible for reimbursement under the current health care laws.|
|Unless an individual is licensed (or exempt in some cases), that individual cannot legally perform specific nutrition counseling. Additional licenses are available for nutritionists not interested in becoming an RD.|
|Unless an individual is licensed (or exempt in some cases), that individual cannot legally perform specific nutrition counseling. The fact remains that unless one becomes licensed as an RD, they would remain ineligible.|
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Becoming a registered dietitian is a challenging process that involves obtaining the proper education and experience through approved, accredited programs. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) regulates the Registered Dietitian practice nationwide. Each state may also have its own requirements for certification and licensure, in addition to those required to obtain RD credentials.