PurposeThe Certification Program for nutritional consultants is maintained as a service to Professional Members of the A.A.N.C. Successful candidates are authorized to carry the initials C.N.C.® after their names and are issued a special second certificate (in addition to their Membership Certificate) attesting to the fact they have met all of the certification requirements as determined by the Commission on Certification of the A.A.N.C.
NOTICE: The title Certified Nutritional Consultant and the initials C.N.C. may not be used or issued by any person or company without specific authorization from A.A.N.C. National Headquarters.
AdministrationThe Certification Program, including establishment of standards and eligibility requirements, is administered by the Commission on Certification of the A.A.N.C. The Certification Program and services of the Commission on Certification are supported entirely by examination fees and annual membership dues. For questions regarding the administration of the exam, please contact us.
ExaminationsCandidates are required to complete a series of eleven tests which will demonstrate proficiency in the areas of General and Applied Nutrition and in Practice Management. Candidates are required to have a high school diploma or GED.
Examination FeesPayment of a one-time examination fee of $400.00 is required at the time of application. There are no annual maintenance fees. Expenses of administering the examinations, maintaining permanent records, grading papers and preparation of the certification certificates are met entirely from the examination fee and annual membership dues.
TextbooksCandidates should keep in mind that the A.A.N.C. is not a school. For that reason, and to keep the candidate's fees as low as possible, no textbooks are provided.
All answers for this examination must come from the corresponding textbook. Without the textbook, it may appear a question could be answered several ways based on your previous experience or other books. All tests will be graded according to the answers found specifically in the corresponding textbook.
There are many options for purchasing the suggested reading material for the exam. The books may be found in libraries, purchased from bookstores and some health food stores or purchased at Member Discount Prices from the Reagan's Bookstore (1-866-233-8398).
However, if you decide not to order through Reagan's Bookstore, please contact us to make sure the book you are buying from another source is the correct edition. Older versions of the books below may NOT help successfully complete the certification exam.
|Anatomy & Physiology||Atlas of the Human Body||Takeo Takahashi|
|Nutrition & Common Ailments||Prescription for Nutritional Healing 5th Edition||James & Phyllis Balch|
|Nutrition in Action||The New Nutrition||Michael Colgan|
|Orthomolecular Nutrition||Putting It All Together||Hoffer and Walker|
|Children's Health||Herbal Healing for Children||Demetria Clark|
|Medical Chemistry||Medical Chemistry Binder||Kurt Donsbach|
|Diet & Nutrition||Diet & Nutrition||Rudolph Ballentine|
|Enzyme Health||Enzymes: The Key to Health||Howard Loomis|
|Living Chemistry||Your Health, Your Choice||Ted Morter|
|Applied Nutrition||Nourishing Traditions, Revised, 2nd Edition||Sally Fallon|
|Amino Acids||Heal with Amino Acids||Sahley and Birkner|