The National Board of Nutrition Support Certification (NBNSC) is an independent credentialing board established in 1984 by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).

Testing Dates and Fees   

   

Spring 2021 Dates

First day of the testing period:  April 24, 2021

Last day of the testing period:  May 8, 2021

Application Deadline:  March 17, 2021



 Fall 2021 Dates

 First day of the testing period:  October 9, 2021

 Last day of the testing period:  October 23, 2021

 Application Deadline:  September 8, 2021


Spring 2022 Dates

First day of the testing period:  April 23, 2022

Last day of the testing period:  May 7, 2022


Fall 2022 Dates

First day of the testing period:  October 8, 2022

Last day of the testing period:  October 22, 2022

 

Candidate Handbook  

 


Locations

NBNSC offers computerized testing for all of its certification programs.  Over 800 domestic and international sites are available, with candidates selecting preferred testing locations after registering for the exam. NBNSC certification exams will be offered at LaserGrade testing centers. To search for the site nearest you: click here  

 

NOTE: You will not be able to select a testing center on the Prometric site prior to receiving “Examination Scheduling Authorization” for the certification exam from PTC.

 

 If you will require a special testing location, please refer to the PTC homepage for details. 


COVID-19 Update: Please refer to the Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) website for continued updates on testing centers impacted by COVID-19.  


Arrangements for Candidates with Special Needs

Special testing arrangements may be made for special needs. Please refer to the PTC homepage for details.

Fees

Application fee for the Certification Examination for Nutrition Support Clinicians:

ASPEN Members              $330.00  

Non-ASPEN Members       $430.00

The reduced registration fee for ASPEN members is nontransferable between individuals or within departments/institutions and is available only to those whose dues are paid in full a the time of exam registrations. 

Active members of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) may sit for the Certification Examination for Nutrition Support Clinicians at a rate that is $50 less than the non-ASPEN member rate.  Active NOVA members, at the time of application submission should submit documentation of active NOVA membership with their application.  Active NOVA members who are also ASPEN members may not combine the discounts, only one discounted application fee may be used, either the ASPEN member fee or the discount for NOVA members.