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) £150 (£130 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.
  • Retired – Fully qualified nutritional therapy practitioners, 66 years and over (at a discounted rate), who have retired from practice but still want to remain a member. They will be exempt from Continuing Professional Development, insurance and CNHC registration.
  • Non-Practising Return to Practice (RTP) – see the section below for more details.

Full members, excluding Retired, have voting rights. Only practising members have the option to be included in Practitioner Directory.

    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.

    Full Membership Non-Practising Return to Practice (RTP) (MBANT) £150 (£130 renewal)

    Full Non-Practising Return to Practice (RTP) Membership

    BANT requires the completion of a Return to Practice (RTP) process for the following applicants:

    • Graduates not joining BANT within 2-3 years of graduating from a NTEC accredited course
    • Nutritional Therapy Practitioners taking a break from clinical practice for 2 years or more

    It is a requirement to apply for this type of membership if you are pursuing any of the RTP pathways.

    Once you have made your application for Full Non-Practising RTP membership, you will be able to access full instructions on how to proceed (members only).

    There are additional costs over and above the BANT RTP membership fee and these do vary according to the type of RTP.

    • 2-3 years non-practising involves 2 x case studies at a cost of £125
    • 3-7 years non-practising RTP at a recognised training provider – fees charged by specific training provider

    7 years or more non-practising – the cost of completing a NTEC Accredited BSc (Hons) / MSc at the specific training provider

    Fellow Membership (FBANT) £150 (£130 renewal)

    Fellow Membership

    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) £75 (£35 renewal)

    Student Membership

    • Any student enrolled on a NTEC accredited nutrition/food science course 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. For all other nutritional therapy practitioners who trained at a NTEC accredited course, applicants must use the Full Membership application route.
    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 £150 - £200

    Provisional Membership

    Application Fees

    • Provisional Membership (A1): £150 (this covers initial membership fees)
    • Provisional Membership (A2): £200 (this covers full APL/APEL assessment and initial membership fees)
    • Provisional Membership (B): £200 (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 apply to change your membership type from Provisional Membership to Full Membership.

    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 complete the following BANT Learning Zone modules:

    • Practice Governance
    • Personalised Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine
    • Adrenal Stress Profile
    • Digestive Stool Analysis
    • Organic Acids Panel
    • Food Allergy/Sensitivity

    A2) From Provisional Membership (A2)

    Successfully complete the following BANT Learning Zone modules:

    • Practice Governance
    • Personalised Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine
    • Adrenal Stress Profile
    • Digestive Stool Analysis
    • Organic Acids Panel
    • Food Allergy/Sensitivity

    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 complete the following BANT Learning Zone modules:

    • Practice Governance
    • Personalised Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine
    • Adrenal Stress Profile
    • Digestive Stool Analysis
    • Organic Acids Panel
    • Food Allergy/Sensitivity

    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:

    • Insurance schedule for your NT practice
    • HCPC registration details
    • Certificates of completion of the following BANT Learning Zone modules:
      • Practice Governance
      • Personalised Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine
      • Adrenal Stress Profile
      • Digestive Stool Analysis
      • Organic Acids Panel
      • Food Allergy/Sensitivity

    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:

    • Insurance schedule for your NT practice
    • Copy of your relevant qualification
    • CNHC Reference Form
    • Certificates of completion of the following BANT Learning Zone modules:
      • Practice Governance
      • Personalised Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine
      • Adrenal Stress Profile
      • Digestive Stool Analysis
      • Organic Acids Panel
      • Food Allergy/Sensitivity

    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:

    • Insurance schedule for your NT practice
    • CNHC registration certificate
    • Certificates of completion of the following BANT Learning Zone modules:
      • Practice Governance
      • Personalised Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine
      • Adrenal Stress Profile
      • Digestive Stool Analysis
      • Organic Acids Panel
      • Food Allergy/Sensitivity

    Nutrigenetic Counsellor Register (NgC)

    Nutrigenetic Counsellor Register

    BANT Council launched its Register of Nutrigenetic Counsellors that is only available to Full Practising Members of BANT who meet the registration requirements. 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.

    Entry onto the register is free of charge to all successful applicants. Entry onto the register is subject to you agreeing that your practice details are up to date and listed on the BANT practitioner pages and your listing will have a specific search field for Nutrigenetic Counsellors listed as NgC. You will also need to commit to updating your skills in nutrigenetic practice through targeted CPD to meet the published and updated competencies.

    APPLY FOR ENTRY ONTO THE NUTRIGENETIC COUNSELLOR (NgC) REGISTER