Associate Member

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Annual Dues: $258.00
Processing Fee: $25.00
The Academy's membership year is June 1 — May 31

Practitioners in a wide variety of fields related to health care, sports and fitness, and food, culinary and school nutrition may now join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as an Academy Associate. Associates have access to extensive benefits, including the Academy's Evidence Analysis Library, professional publications, networking opportunities and preferred pricing on resources and conferences.

Available to any person who meets one or more of the following qualifications:

Has minimum of a Bachelors degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent and training, certification, or license in one of the specified professions. Some professional designations automatically require a Bachelors or higher degree. For these, only proof of license, training, or certification in the specified profession is required.

* Indicates proof of Bachelors degree required.
  • Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP)*
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Certified Midwife (CM or CMN)
  • Certified Professional—Food Safety (CP-FS) *
  • Dental Hygienist (BS-DH or RDH* or LDH*)
  • Dentist (DDS)
  • Pharmacist (RPh or PharmD)
  • Physical or Occupational Therapist (PT or OT)
  • Physician (MD or DO)
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS or RS)
  • Registered Nurse (RN) *
  • School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) *
  • Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP)
  • A degree in Culinary Arts from a US regionally accredited college or university or US Culinary Association *
  • Certified Culinary Professional (Certification from the American Culinary Foundation or the International Association of Culinary Professionals) *
  • Certified Sports Medicine Practitioner (e.g., Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine) *

Privileges of an Academy Associate

Academy Associates whose fees are not in arrears shall have access to applicable Academy benefits, products, and services and be eligible to hold appointed positions at the national, affiliate (state), and dietetics practice and member interest group (DPG and MIG) levels, with the exception of those listed below.

Academy Associates shall NOT have the right to:
  • Hold elected positions on the national, affiliate (state), and dietetic practice group and member interest group (DPG and MIG) levels
  • Vote in national, affiliate (state), and DPG/MIG elections
  • Be listed in Find an Expert
  • Post to member blogs
  • Take the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) Certification Courses
  • Receive discounted professional liability insurance through the Member Advantage Program

Special Note: The Academy is unable to process applications for membership without proof of Bachelors Degree documentation. The proof of Bachelors Degree documentation must be provided within 30 days of application (or a notification must be received from the applicant within 30 days advising when it will be received). If proof of Bachelors Degree documentation is not provided or if you do not qualify for Academy membership, the Academy will cancel the application and refund payment.