Membership Options

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New Practitioner Membership

$125 per annum (+ $45 joining fee)

The Clinical Nutrition Association (CNA) offers professional registration to qualified Clinical Nutritionists throughout New Zealand. Click below to find out more about our criteria for practitioner membership and the online application form.

New Student Membership

$35 per annum 

The Clinical Nutrition Association (CNA) welcomes students who are currently undergoing training in nutrition and would like to be part of a professional organisation comprised of like-minded people and experienced practitioners. Becoming a student member is an excellent way to enhance understanding of the profession before starting to practice.

Practitioner membership benefits:

  • Professional registration with a credible and respected nutrition association
  • Use of CNA Accredited Member logo to promote your authentic registration
  • Business profile listed on the CNA website directory to facilitate client referrals and insurance claims
  • Benefit from the CNA’s partnership with Southern Cross, including use of their logo and potential for your clients to claim for your services (policy dependent)
  • Members Only Portal to update your profile, log CPE points throughout the year, access member resources and pay invoices
  • Access to the CNA private Facebook group for peer support and connection, further education and CPE opportunities, news, events and reminders
  • Discounts on CNA events and promotions offered by our business partners
  • Subscription to CNA newsletters for important information, news, events and updates on membership benefits
  • Attendance and voting rights at the AGM
  • Ability to stand for a CNA committee position and be an integral part of shaping the CNA’s future

Student membership benefits:

  • Alignment with a credible and respected nutrition association
  • Members Only Portal to update your profile, access member resources, pay invoices and upgrade to practitioner membership once you have graduated
  • Access to the CNA private Facebook group for peer support and connection, further education opportunities, news, events and reminders
  • Discounts to CNA events and other promotions offered by business partners
  • Subscription to CNA newsletters for important information, news, events and updates on membership benefits
  • Attendance and voting rights at the AGM

Practitioner Membership


The CNA offers professional registration to qualified Clinical Nutritionists throughout New Zealand. Please verify that your qualification meets the requirements before submitting your application and paying the membership fee.

Criteria for Practitioner Membership

  • Nutrition qualification Level 6 NZQA or above. Equivalency to Level 6 NZQA will be assessed for all international qualifications.
  • Qualification must include 2400 notional hours or more, equivalent to two years full time study.
  • Course content must cover and include the following: Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Biochemistry, Research, Clinical Practice and Holistic Practice.
  • Formal Clinical Training is required which covers: Health History Assessment, Consultation Skills, Clinical Examination, Nutritional Assessment, Contraindications, Appropriate Functional and Diagnostic Testing, Developing Health Plans, plus at least 300 hours Clinical Practice covering a varied scope of practice.
  • Evidence of holistic practice will be required, which will involve a review of:
    1. Your qualification (if you are unsure whether your qualification has been reviewed and has prior approval please email us a full course outline document showing that your course meets all our requirements); and
    2. Your case take form and a redacted health plan, which all new members are now required to submit.
  • Practitioner Membership is only available to applicants currently practicing in New Zealand.

If you need further clarification, please contact us.

Membership Fees

The annual Practitioner Membership fee is $125. The initial amount you will pay upon application may be pro-rated depending on how close it is to our annual renewal date of 1st August, and will include a one off $40 admin fee.

 

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

To retain membership, continued education and achievement of 15 CPE points within an annual year is required. Documentation to support your CPE needs to be submitted  to your online profile by 1st July each year, in time for our annual review.

Please visit Membership Renewals for more information about how to the renewals process and CPE points.

Note: New graduate members who join part way through the year are not required to submit CPE until their second renewal.

 

Online Application Form

Please complete the online application form below carefully, as incorrect or missing information may result in delays in your application while we try to contact you. Please allow up to 20 working days for the full application process.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Practitioner Heading and initial info

Member benefits

Student Members

Lots more info about student benefits

Continued Education Points Credited
Attendance at CNA events
Submit attendance certificate
1 point per learning hour
Nutritional health related industry webinars, seminars, conferences, courses and journals with CPE offered
Submit attendance certificate with CPE value recorded on it
1 point per learning hour
Presentation of a nutrition related topic to the public or professionals
Note: Presentations must be at least 45 minutes long and include a minimum of 5 references published within the previous 10 years. Repeat presentations of the same topic/material will not gain CPE
1. Submit a referenced PDF of content and/or slides
PLUS
2. Submit a completed downloadable presentation form with verification of hours, topic and witness signature 
DOWNLOAD FORM
2 points per presentation, MAX 2 events per year
Write a referenced article or E-book
Note: Must be a minimum of 1000 words and include a minimum of 5 references published within the previous 10 years
Submit article, E-book or link to view
2 points, MAX 2 articles and/or E-books per year
Volunteer work in holistic nutrition for a community based project
Submit a completed downloadable volunteer form with verification of hours, tasks and witness signature DOWNLOAD FORM
1 point per hour, MAX 3 points per year
Business related professional development courses
Submit proof of payment or certificate of completion
2 points per year
Formal nutrition health-related studies at a Tertiary Institute (NZQA level 5+ or equivalent International Institute)
Submit proof of enrolment or qualification certificate including learning hours
1 point per learning hour
Teaching a nutrition related undergraduate or postgraduate course
Submit a completed downloadable teaching form with verification of hours, topic and witness signature DOWNLOAD FORM
5 points per year
Peer reviewed published research paper, fully referenced
Submit research paper including references
15 points
Nutritional health related book published by a reputable publishing company
Note: Must be a minimum of 150 pages, include a minimum of 30 references published within the previous 10 years and have an ISBN number
Submit proof of book
15 points

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