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Associate Membership and APL/APEL Process Outline

Associate Membership is an interim category for a maximum of 6 months for practitioners who have either trained overseas or at a course not recognised by BANT as being accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC). After 6 months it is expected that full membership will have been attained by completing the requirements relevant to each route.

There are 3 parts to applying for associate membership. The first part is the completing the application for associate membership. When Associate Membership has been approved, a letter of confirmation will be sent out with instructions on how to complete the second part – the APL/APEL process.

There will be a 6 month time limit to complete the APL/APEL process. Associate Members need to register their details to access the members only section so that they can then access the 3 required Learning Zone modules that form part of the APL/APEL process.

Once part 1 and part 2 have been successfully completed the third part is to submit evidence via the APL/APEL certification form.

This three step process is detailed below.


Part 1 – Associate Membership

Apply for Associate Membership using either of these two forms:

A1) Application for Associate Membership (A1)
Applicants using Associate Membership (A) must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Dietitian.

A2) Application for Associate Membership (A2)
Applicants using Associate Membership (A2) must be registered with the CNHC for Nutritional Therapy or UKVRN.

B) Application Form for Associate Membership from External Full Portfolio Route (B)
Applicants using Associate Membership (B) must FIRST obtain registration with the CNHC via the External Full Portfolio (EFP) Assessment
Once the External Full Portfolio (EFP) Assessment has been successfully completed applicant can then use the Associate Membership (B) form.

Part 2 – Starting the APL/APEL Process

After confirmation of Associate Membership, the applicant must register their details on the BANT website in order to access the members only section then start process A or B:

A1) From Associate Membership (A1)

Successfully pass 3 online Learning Zone modules set out below:

  • Functional Testing Module 1
  • Functional Testing Module 2
  • The Principles of Functional Medicine

A2) From Associate Membership (A2)

Successfully pass 3 online Learning Zone modules set out below:

  • Functional Testing Module 1
  • Functional Testing Module 2
  • The Principles of Functional Medicine

Complete 2 case studies demonstrating effective clinical practice. Use the following documents –

Once you have completed the case studies you need to submit them using the Case Studies Submission Form

B) From Associate Membership (B)

Successfully pass 3 online Learning Zone modules set out below:

  • Functional Testing Module 1
  • Functional Testing Module 2
  • The Principles of Functional Medicine

Part 3 – Completing – APL/APEL Process

Once part 1 and part 2 have been successfully completed evidence then needs to be submitted via the APL/APEL certification form. Once checked and approved a BANT APL/APEL CERTIFICATE will be issued. A copy of this certificate must be enclosed when applying for Full Membership from Associate Membership. In the case of applicants who are registered with the UKVRN, they will still need to register with the CNHC via the FastTrack route at this point. CNHC FastTrack applications need to be sent at the same time as the application for Full Membership from Associate Membership.

A1)  From Associate Membership (A1)

Complete and submit the Full Membership from Associate Membership (A1) Application Form along with your supporting documentation set out below:

Complete the APL/APEL Certification Completion Form enclosing a copy of the following certificates –

  • Functional Testing Module 1 Certificate
  • Functional Testing Module 2 Certificate
  • The Principles of Functional Medicine Certificate

A2)  From Associate Membership (A2)

Complete and submit the Full Membership from Associate Membership (A2) Application Form along with your supporting documentation set out below:

Complete the APL/APEL Certification Completion Form enclosing a copy of the following certificates –

  • Functional Testing Module 1 Certificate
  • Functional Testing Module 2 Certificate
  • The Principles of Functional Medicine Certificate
  • BANT Case Studies Certificate

B) From Associate Membership (B)

Complete and submit the Full Membership from Associate Membership (B) Application Form along with your supporting documentation set out below:
Complete the APL/APEL Certification Completion Form enclosing a copy of the following certificates –

  • Functional Testing Module 1
  • Functional Testing Module 2
  • The Principles of Functional Medicine
  • BANT Certificate of Entrance