Frequently Asked Questions

We have assembled a number of frequently asked questions here. Our membership forms, on the Join page, also contain information that you may find helpful. If you have a question that we have not been able to answer please contact us via the Contact page.

1How do I join the CNA?
Complete an online application form on the Join page and include supporting documents (if required). Please note that membership cannot be finalised without fee payment.
Pay the membership fee via internet banking using our Kiwibank account 38-9009-0508274-00. In the “your details” section please include your initials and surname as the reference.
2Do you accept international qualifications for Practitioner Membership?

Practitioner Member applicants with international qualifications are reviewed by the CNA Committee on a case-by-case basis.


If you meet our qualification standards and intend to practice in New Zealand, the CNA committee would need to interview you and view examples of past client case history records and nutrition plans.


Applicants are advised to submit their application for Practitioner Membership and pay the application fee. If the application is not accepted, applicants will be refunded the fee minus any cost for reimbursement.

3How much does it cost to join?
Annual membership fees are:
Practioner $125
Corporate $125
Student $35
Friend of the CNA $35
4How do I renew my Practitioner Membership?
Please use the Practitioner Membership renewal application form, which can be found at the bottom of the Join page. Evidence of 15 hours of continued education is required. Please note that membership cannot be finalised without fee payment.
Pay your membership fee via internet banking using our Kiwibank account 38-9009-0508274-00. In the “your details” section please include your initials and surname as the reference.
5What are the requirements for continued education?
To renew your Practitioner Membership you are required to include evidence of 15 points of continued professional education (CPE), accrued over the previous 12 months. If it has been more than 5 years since you were last registered with the CNA please contact us via the Contact page to discuss your renewal options.

All CNA events count towards continued education. Attendance certificates are provided at each event, and should be retained for inclusion with your online annual membership renewal.

Additional guidance:

Continued Education Points Credited
Participation on CNA committee 15 points
Attendance at CNA events 1 point per hour (max 3 per event)
Business related professional development courses 2 points per course
Undergraduate or postgraduate teaching 5 points per semester
Presenting a health related topic to the public or professionals 2 points per presentation
Mentoring a nutrition student or graduate 1 point per hour
Volunteer working in complementary medicine for a community based project 1 point per hour
Formal health-related postgraduate studies at a tertiary institute (1 term minimum) 5 points
Health-related industry webinars, seminars, conferences (with CPE offered) 1 points per hour (max 3 points)
Paid subscription to Holistic Performance Institute or NZJ Natural Medicine 1 point per subscription
Current First Aid Certificate 3 points
Writing a health related book or published research paper/article 5 points
6Do you provide indemnity insurance?
We do not offer indemnity insurance for our members.
7Do you provide mentoring?
We are currently developing a mentoring programme.
If you are interested in mentoring a new Practitioner Member please email info@nutritionists.org.nz, attention Shona Wilkinson.