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Becoming a Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is not just about seeing clients in clinic. There are also other career paths that can be pursued outside one-to-one clinic as a nutritionist, including organising retreats, working in the community, journalism, corporate wellness, teaching and development of health products. Commonly BANT members combine couple of different, but related, income opportunities to add variety to their working week.
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The below training providers offer Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) accredited courses in nutritional therapy which afford you direct entry onto the register held by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and will enable you to become a member of BANT. The CNHC holds an Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). The PSA oversees statutory bodies and accredits organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations in the UK.
NTEC accredited nutritional therapy courses are accredited to the standard required for entry to an accredited register. Students who follow courses that do not meet this standard will not be able to apply for professional registration as a Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, until they have accrued three years clinical experience of working at the level of the National Occupational Standards, evidenced by the submission of a detailed portfolio of evidence.
As of 1st of September 2020, BANT Full Membership will require Bachelor’s (Hons) degree or higher from a recognised university and NTEC accreditation for nutritional therapy practice.
BANT cannot recommend one course over another. However, we do recommend that you should enrol on a course that has been fully accredited to achieve qualifications as a Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
As of 1st of September 2020, BANT Full Membership will require Bachelor’s (Hons) degree or higher from a recognised university and NTEC accreditation for nutritional therapy practice. This does not impact current student members or full members, or those that started their level 6 diploma course prior to the 1st of September 2020.
Training to meet the competencies laid down in the National Occupational Standards will require in-depth study of health and nutrition science. There are no exemptions from clinical practice to graduate as a nutritional therapy professional.
Applicants with first degrees or higher qualifications may be able to enrol directly, or after completing a short pre-entry bioscience course, in a Post Graduate Diploma or Master of Science course. Please contact the Training Providers for additional details.
Practising Nutritional Therapy Practitioners have an opportunity to upgrade to a degree level course at CNELM, ION, NCA and UoW. Please contact the Training Providers for further information.
BANT continues to accept and supports student members on all NTEC accredited courses. 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.
Centre for Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management
Degree, distance learning courses
Degrees validated by Middlesex University
BSc (Hons) Nutrition Science + Practice Diploma
MSc/PGDip Personalised Nutrition + Practice Diploma
*** Offers Return to Practice (RTP) ***
Institute for Optimum Nutrition
Attendance and distance courses
Degree validated by the Portsmouth University
BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy
GDip Integrative Functional Nutrition + Practice
*** Offers Return to Practice (RTP) ***
The College of Naturopathic Medicine (UK sites only)
Nutritional Therapy Diploma
If this course was started before 01/09/2020, BANT will accept upgrades to full membership upon graduation. If the course was started between 01/09/2020 and 19/02/2021 students can join as student members but can only apply for full membership if they also get an NTEC accredited BSc (Hons) degree.