How do I become accredited?
A variety of different levels of training and qualification can lead to an individual calling themselves a nutrition professional. Many nutrition professionals refer to themselves as either a ‘Nutritionist’ or a ‘Dietitian’, but in Australia, professional nutritional practice is not regulated by the government, and there is no legal protection over these terms.
The Nutrition Society of Australia
The Nutrition Society of Australia is represented by a diverse group of nutrition professionals with a common interest in the research and application of nutrition. The NSA aims to be at the hub of Australian nutrition related sciences and industries, and therefore focuses on supporting both the science of nutrition as well as the organisation’s members.
The NSA has developed a voluntary Register of Nutritionists in Australia to help support those in the field of nutrition, and the development of the field into the future. This register acts to protect the public by highlighting appropriately qualified individuals who have received an approved level of training and experience. The Register therefore presents a source of information on suitably qualified individuals for those seeking advice on nutrition or offering employment in the field of nutrition.
- Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) – If you have a bachelor’s degree majoring in nutrition, or equivalent, you are eligible to apply for this.
- Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) – If you meet the Associate Nutritionist criteria and have 3 years (full-time equivalent) of subsequent nutrition-related experience and/or formal study you are eligible to apply for this.
NSA offers student membership at a discounted fee to those studying nutrition at a university level.
Dietitians Association of Australia
The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is the national association of the dietetics profession in Australia. The DAA has developed credentialing systems for the titles ‘Accredited Practising Dietitian’ (APD) and ‘Accredited Nutritionist’ (AN) which are protected by law, and only qualified practitioners who have met certain requirements can use these titles.
To become an APD, completion of a tertiary level course accredited by DAA is required. These courses vary depending on the university, and may include a one to two year postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree following a Bachelor of Science degree, or a four year integrated undergraduate course. A list of accredited courses is available from the DAA website.
The Accredited Nutritionist program provides registration for Nutritionists with suitable tertiary education and expertise in public health nutrition, community health and general nutrition education. ANs are different to APDs as they are not qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy. ANs without a dietetics qualification cannot take on the specialised role of a Dietitian.
Associate membership is available to those without a dietetic qualification who meet the eligibility requirements of DAA.
DAA offers two forms of student membership:
- Student Dietitian – this category is available to students undergoing an entry level dietetic qualifications in Australia. You must be enrolled in a DAA accredited course to be eligible.
- Associate Student Membership – this category is available to other students who meet the eligibility criteria of the association.
Sports Dietitians Australia
- Student member – for those interested in pursuing a career in sports nutrition, who are currently studying full time in Australia.
- Associate member – for those with a qualification in dietetics and an interest in sports nutrition and are a member of DAA.
- Accredited Sports Dietitian – for Accredited Practising Dietitians with 2 years experience. Additional criteria apply.
- Advanced Sports Dietitian – for Accredited Practising Dietitians with at least 5 years of clinical experience. Additional criteria apply.