Eligible candidates who pass the Certification Examination for Nutrition Support Clinicians are entitled to use the registered designation CNSC® after their names and will receive certificates from the NBNSC. A registry of Certified Nutrition Support Clinicians will be maintained by the NBNSC and may be reported in publications.
Nutrition support clinician certification is recognized for a period of five years at which time the candidate must retake and pass the Certification Examination for Nutrition Support Clinicians in order to retain certification.
The purpose of requiring recertification renewal is to measure continued competent and knowledgeable nutrition support practice. Certification demonstrates to your patients, colleagues, and employers that you have the skills necessary to provide the best care possible.
Should an individual with a current CNSC® credential opt to take the certification examination early, all maintenance of the CNSC® credential will be based upon when the individual took the certification examination.
Scenario 1: Certifee A is currently certified as a CNSC® from October 2011 – October 2016. Certifee A wants to become recertified and opts to take the certification examination in April 2016 instead of October 2016. Certifee A successfully passes the certification examination, then the certification period is April 2016 – April 2021.
Scenario 2: Certifee A is currently credentialed as a CNSC® from October 2011 – October 2016. Certifee A wants to become recertified and opts to take the certification examination in April 2016 instead of October 2016. Certifee A is unsuccessful in passing the certification examination. Upon receiving the exam results Certifee A is no longer a CNSC® and cannot use the credential until the certification examination is again taken and successfully passed. In summary anytime the certification examination is taken and not passed, certification lapses.