CNSC Certification

Physicians, nurses, dietitians, dentists, advanced practice providers (physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners), and pharmacists who provide services either alone or frequently as an interprofessional team to assist the patient.

Certification provides an avenue to validate and demonstrate the attainment of the skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality nutrition support care. Certification enables all healthcare practitioners involved in nutrition support to identify themselves as qualified caregivers.  

The CNSC® credential is valid for five years. At the present time recertification is via re-examination.  

It is your responsibility as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician® to maintain your credential. If you would like to check the status of your certification, download a digital certificate or verification letter, please click here .

All individual discipline credentials (i.e. CNSN, CNSD, CNSP) ceased to exist in the Fall of 2012. All who hold the certification should now be using the CNSC® credential.

No, you cannot use the credential if your certification has lapsed. In addition, if you misrepresent your certification status, your certification will be revoked. 

While the NBNSC does not issue credit for the certification examination, some individuals may be eligible for continuing education credit through their own discipline's credentialing body. For example, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) allows registered dietitians to claim credit for successfully passing the CNSC® exam. Please check with CDR at www.cdrnet.org  for details.