Membership Types & Fees

The primary function of BANT is to assist its members in attaining high standards of education and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interest, and the professional reputation of nutrition and lifestyle medicine.

Below is the list of membership types and fees for joining BANT alongside important information about each type of membership helping you to decide on the most suitable membership for you.

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Full Membership (MBANT) £135 (£115 renewal)

Full Membership

There are 4 types of full membership:

  • Practising – Fully qualified nutritional therapy practitioners, subject to Continuing Professional Development, fully insured, registered with the CNHC and on the Practitioner Listing.
  • Non-Practising – Fully qualified nutritional therapy practitioners, subject to Continuing Professional Development but not actively practising and therefore not registered with the CNHC and not insured to practise.
  • Non-Practising (RTP) – If you have been out of nutritional therapy practice for two years or more you will need to go through the Return to Practice process. NTEC Accredited Training Providers are aware of our RTP policy and will be able to advise you on the best way forward.
  • Discounted – Fully qualified nutritional therapy practitioners over 65 (at a discounted rate) subject to Continuing Professional Development, fully insured and registered with the CNHC and on the Practitioner Listing.

Full members have full voting rights and the option to be included in the Register of Practitioners.

Application Requirements

  • Prior to the 1st of September 2020 Full Membership requires qualifications from a level 6 diploma course or BSc or higher degree level course accredited by NTEC.
  • From the 1st of September 2020 Full Membership requires BSc (Hons) degree or higher from a recognised university and qualifications from a NTEC accredited Nutritional Therapy course.
  • Current Full Members of BANT are able to retain their membership without the need to have to upgrade to degree level qualification.
  • Student Members that started their NTEC accredited diploma course prior to the 1st of September 2020 may convert to Full Membership upon graduation.
  • Student Members that started their NTEC accredited diploma course on or after the 1st of September 2020 will require an upgrade to BSc (Hons) or higher degree qualification to convert to Full Membership.
  • Any Associate Member who successfully completes the APL/APEL process (BANT reserves the right to ask APL/APEL applicants to take further assessment modules as necessary).
  • All practising applicants must have Professional Indemnity Insurance for clinical practice.
  • All practising applicants must be registered with CNHC.

BANT recognises all courses accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) as listed on their website.

Fellow Membership (FBANT) £135 (£115 renewal)

Fellowship status

Fellow Membership conferred on BANT members who have made considerable contributions to the organisation. Once a year, members who think they are eligible for Fellowship status, are invited to make an application supported by 2 other BANT members. The nominations are vetted, and if successful, are finally approved by Council. Fellow members are subject to Continuing Professional Development, have full voting rights and the option to be included in the Practitioner Listing.

Honorary Fellow Members
Appointment for Honorary Fellow Membership must be made by Council.

Criteria:

  • Nominee is not a member of BANT.
  • Nominee has either promoted the science and application of nutrition or has provided exceptional service to BANT. Honorary status may be conferred on individuals from any profession and is not limited to UK residents. Honorary Fellows do not have voting rights.

Student Membership (BANT Stdnt) £60 (£25 renewal)

Student Membership

  • Any student enrolled on a nutrition/food science course with a NTEC accredited Training Provider that is recognised by BANT.
  • Students that are on BSc (Hons) or higher degree course accredited by NTEC may convert to Full Membership upon graduation.
  • Students that started (this is not the same as enrolled) their NTEC accredited diploma course prior to the 1st of September 2020 may convert to Full Membership upon graduation.
  • Student that started their NTEC accredited diploma course on or after the 1st of September 2020 will require an upgrade to BSc (Hons) or higher degree qualification to convert to Full Membership.
  • As per above Student Members may apply to become a Full Member of BANT on successful completion of their course once this has been ratified by their training provider.

BANT Student Members are not permitted to practise nutritional therapy until they have met the criteria for, and been accepted as, a Full Member. Doing so may result in the student being suspended from BANT pending an investigation. Student members do not have voting rights.

Associate Membership (BANT Assoc.) £75 (£75 renewal)

Associate Membership

Application Requirements

  1. Open to all those who are members of an association that is listed on the Statutory Regulations Directory and those members of associations listed on any Accredited Register under the PSA – http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/accredited-registers/find-a-register with the exception of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners. See point 3 below.
  2. Applications also open to practising health professionals or those active in related research who are members of a Professional Association not under the PSA. This may include Researcher/Academic and Non-Specific Profession. Applicants who are not members of a relevant professional body (PSA approved or otherwise) will not be accepted. The BANT Membership Committee will assess all applications from non-PSA Association members. Applicants from non-PSA Associations to send with their application form a statement of up to 200 words which justifies why they should become an Associate Member of BANT.
  3. Not open to nutritional therapy practitioners who have trained at a non-accredited courses whether within or outside of the UK. These applicants must use the Provisional Membership application route – https://bant.org.uk/nutritional-therapy-careers/join-bant/apply-for-membership/provisional-membership/. For all other nutritional therapy practitioners who trained at a NTEC accredited course, applicants must use the Full Membership application route – https://bant.org.uk/nutritional-therapy-careers/join-bant/apply-for-membership/full-membership/
  4. All Associate Members must either be a practising health professional or active in related research.
  5. Associate Members will not be entitled to use the BANT logo on any of their promotional material or website.
  6. Associate Members will be listed on the member’s pages only of the BANT website and not the public facing pages. Information will include data from application form including: name, discipline, email address, practise and location of clinic(s).
  7. The BANT Membership Department will assess any applications that do not fall within the above criteria.
  8. List of benefits for Associate Members will include:
    • BANT eNews
    • Free access to the Natural Medicines Database
    • BANT Webinars
    • BANT Podcasts
    • Member Benefits
    • Regional Group Meetings
    • BANT Directory of Associate Members
    • BANT Science and Education

Application Form

Associate Membership

Provisional Membership £120-£150

Provisional Membership

Application Fees

  • Provisional Membership (A1): £120 (this covers initial membership fees)
  • Provisional Membership (A2): £150 (this covers full APL/APEL assessment and initial membership fees)
  • Provisional Membership (B): £150 (this covers External Full Portfolio Assessment and initial membership fees)

Application Requirements

Provisional 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.

  • All applicants MUST have Professional indemnity insurance for clinical practice
  • All applicants MUST successfully complete the BANT Functional Medicine Learning Zone Modules

Provisional Membership and APL/APEL Process Outline

Provisional 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 Provisional Membership. The first part is to decide what type of Provisional Membership you are applying for and complete the appropriate application form.

When your Provisional 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. Provisional 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 – Provisional Membership

Apply for Provisional Membership using either of these two forms:

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

A2) Application for Provisional Membership (A2)
Applicants using Provisional Membership (A2) must have one of the following registrations:

– Any Nutritional Therapy registrant of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
– Any Nutritionist registrant of the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) held by the Association for Nutrition

Application Form: Provisional Membership (A2)

B) Application for Provisional Membership from External Full Portfolio Route (B)
If an applicant is NOT registered with the CNHC or HCPC or UKVRN and resides and works in the UK and has been in practice for a minimum of 3 years, they will need to apply for registration with the CNHC via the External Full Portfolio (EFP) Route before they can apply for Provisional Membership (B). For information on the External Full Portfolio (EFP) Route see Portfolio Route for Membership.

Applicants using Provisional 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 Provisional Membership (B) form.

Application Form :  Provisional Membership (B)

Part 2 – Starting the APL/APEL Process

After confirmation of Provisional 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 Provisional 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 Provisional 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 –
Provisional Member Case Study Instructions
Provisional Member Example Case Study
Once you have completed the case studies you need to submit them using the Case Studies Submission Form

B) From Provisional 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 Provisional 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 Provisional Membership.

A1) From Provisional Membership (A1)
Complete and submit the Full Membership from Provisional 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 Provisional Membership (A2)
Complete and submit the Full Membership from Provisional 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 Provisional Membership (B)
Complete and submit the Full Membership from Provisional 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

Nutrigenetic Counsellor Register (NgC)

Nutrigenetic Counsellor Register

BANT Council is pleased to announce the launch of its Register of Nutrigenetic Counsellors. This fulfils BANT’s commitment to the Human Genetics Commission that it would set up an advanced practice register covering nutrigenetic counselling following the HGC’s ‘Genes Direct’ reports in 2003 and 2007.

Initial registration will be based on experience and training in the use of genetic profiles/tests. The Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) will be consulting on standards for training and an advanced practice framework during 2014. This register is only open to Full Practising Members of BANT.

APPLY FOR ENTRY ONTO THE NUTRIGENETIC COUNSELLOR (NgC) REGISTER