If you are a registered Associate Nutritionist with approximately three years professional experience in nutrition you should start putting together your application to become a Registered Nutritionist.
How to apply as a Registered Nutritionist
All forms and guidance documents can be found here.
Your transfer application must show:
• That you have kept your professional knowledge up-to-date.
• How you have developed your nutrition skills and competence through professional experience since graduating.
• That you now have practical experience of all the competencies required.
• That you continue to abide by our Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance in your practice.
Registered Associate Nutritionists are expected to apply for registration as a Registered Nutritionist within five years of joining the UKVRN.
How to prepare for registration as a Registered Nutritionist
Your transfer application will be much easier to prepare if you:
• Read the Competency Requirements for Registered Nutritionists
• Try to keep the required competencies in mind as you develop your skills. through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and through your work.
• Record your work and learning as you go.
• Collect pertinent information such as certificates or proof of conference attendance.
• Use the additional guidance available in the Registrants Associates’ area of the website: Resources and video footage from a seminar on "how to prepare you portfolio", CPD and reflective practice resources.
• Stay in touch with AfN so you are aware of any changes made to the UKVRN over time.
What counts as “professional experience”?
Professional experience is work experience gained in nutrition-related roles undertaken after completion of your degree programme.
Some degree programmes offer a sandwich year. Whilst this can provide you with value experience to start you in your career, it does not count towards your professional experience for transfer as this will have been undertaken before you completed your studies and had studied all of the ANutr competencies.
If you already have an undergraduate degree in nutrition science, any time spent studying towards an MSc or PhD in nutrition may also count as professional experience. Please check Competency Requirements for Registered Nutritionists to determine whether the scope of your work and/or postgraduate study experience is broad enough to meet all of the competencies required. If not, you will need to gain further experience or undertake additional CPD before being ready to apply.
Volunteering work undertaken after your degree was completed can count towards your professional experience. Please read through the Competency Requirements to judge whether the work undertaken was of the type, scope and level required to be used as an example of your application of knowledge.
Please note - Registered Nutritionists are required to demonstrate that they have independently applied their knowledge to different situations.