Associate Member

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Annual Dues: $170.00
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:

1. Has a valid U.S. license or certification as:

  • Certified Culinary Professional*
  • Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP)*
  • Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)*
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)*
  • Certified Midwife (CM or CMN)
  • Certified Professional—Food Safety (CP-FS)*
  • Certified Sports Medicine Practitioner*
  • Clinical Psychologist (LCP or CP)
  • Clinical Social Worker (CSW, LSW or LCSW)
  • Dental Hygienist (BS-DH, RDH or LDH)*
  • Dentist (DDS or DMD)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Pharmacist (RPh or PharmD)
  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • 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)

* Indicates proof of related degree required in addition to proof of license, or certification in the specified profession. Other professional designations only require proof of license, training or certification.

2. Has a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university in agriculture, biochemistry, computer science, family and consumer science, home economics, hospitality and tourism, hotel restaurant and institutional management or microbiology.**

** Requires submission of original transcripts or confirming statements from the registrar for qualifying degree.

Privileges of Associate Membership

Associate members 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.

Associate members 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

Associate members are not eligible for the programs, products or services below:

  • Be listed in Find an Expert
  • Post to member blogs
  • Take the Commission on Dietetic Registration's (CDR) Certification Courses
  • Discounted professional liability insurance through the Member Advantage Program

Special Note: The Academy is unable to process applications for membership without required documentation. 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 documentation is not provided or if you do not qualify for Academy membership, the Academy will cancel the application and refund payment.