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Are you considering training as a Nutritional Therapist?

NTEC Accreditation

NTEC's accreditation procedures involve a rigorous process that thoroughly assesses the course programme against the Core Curriculum required to achieve the National Occupational Standards. Trained accreditation assessors:

  • review course documentation
  • hold discussions with the course teaching team and administrators, students and graduates
  • evaluate the evidence from external examiners' reports and students' assessed work
  • observe teaching in the classroom and the clinic

Graduates of courses that have been fully accredited are eligible to apply for direct entry to the professional register held by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), and will enable you to become a member of British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT). The CNHC holds an Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). The PSA oversees statutory bodies and accredits organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations in the UK.

NTEC accredited nutritional therapy courses are professionally accredited to the standard required for entry to an accredited register. Students who follow courses that do not meet this standard will not be able to apply for professional registration as a Nutritional Therapist, until they have accrued three years clinical experience of working at the level of the National Occupational Standards, evidenced by the submission of a detailed portfolio of evidence.

As of 1st of September 2020, BANT Full Membership will require Bachelor’s (Hons) degree or higher from a recognised university and NTEC accreditation for Nutritional Therapy practice.

The above change does not impact current student members or full members, or those that started their level 6 diploma course prior to the 1st of September 2020.

BANT continues to accept and supports student members on all NTEC accredited courses. Student Members that start their NTEC accredited diploma course on or after the 1st of September 2020 will require an upgrade to BSc (Hons) or higher degree qualification to convert to Full Membership.

Some training providers are currently in transition to move from level 6 diploma course to providing BSc (Hons) qualification or higher with NTEC accreditation for Nutritional Therapy practice. If you have signed up or considered a Diploma course starting in September 2020, please contact your training provider for further details.

Training providers may have differences in course formats, examinations and entry requirements but, by selecting an NTEC-accredited training provider, you can be confident of taking a course that is designed to deliver professional training and high quality academic content. Specific information about each course, its prospectus, application procedures, fees and its work towards accreditation can be obtained by contacting the institution direct.

All of the training providers listed below are part of the NTEC accreditation process. Their current accreditation status is noted.

As a regulatory body, the NTEC is unable to give personal advice to prospective students. Anyone wishing to study nutritional therapy should enquire of the training institutes about the features of their courses and make their choice after suitable due diligence. Please refer to the bottom of this page for further information.

Fully Accredited Courses

These courses have completed Accreditation and substantially meet the requirements of NTEC.

BCNH College of Nutrition and Health

Suite 17 & 18, Barkat House,
116 - 118 Finchley Road,
Tel: 0207 433 2555
Email: admin@bcnh.co.uk
Website: www.bcnh.co.uk
Course - BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine degree course  
Blended e-learning
Course validated by University of Northampton (UoN)  

Course - Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine
This course is now closed to students but the course remains accredited until remaining students have graduated

Centre For Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management

14, Rectory Road
Berks RG40 1DH
Tel: 0118 979 8686
Email: info@cnelm.co.uk
Website: www.cnelm.co.uk
Course - BSc Hons Nutritional Science + Practice Diploma
Course - MSc / PG Dip in Personalised Nutrition + Practice Diploma

Course - BSc Hons Nutritional Therapy / Fast Track + PG Cert Nutritional Therapy + Practitioner Development (BSc Hons NT now closed to new level 4 entrants)
This course is now closed to students but the course remains accredited until remaining students have graduated
Courses validated by Middlesex University

The College of Naturopathic Medicine

25 Percy Circus,
Percy Circus,
Tel: 01342 410505
Email: info@naturopathy-uk.com
Website: www.naturopathy-uk.com
Course - Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy Diploma

NTEC accredited status is only applicable to those students who commenced their studies with CNM prior to the 1st September 2020

The Institute for Optimum Nutrition

Ambassador House,
Paradise Road
United Kingdom
Phone: 0208 614 7800
Email: info@ion.ac.uk
Website: www.ion.ac.uk
Course - BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy which can be taken in attendance or via distance learning
Course - Graduate Diploma Integrative Functional Nutrition with Clinical Practice. Full and part-time online distance learning
Courses validated by the University of Portsmouth

Course - DipION Nutritional Therapy (NTDC)
This course is now closed to students but the course remains accredited until remaining students have graduated

Northern College of Acupuncture

61 Micklegate,
Tel: 01904 343309
Email: enquiries@nca.ac.uk
Website: https://nutrition-college.co.uk/
Course - BSc (Hons) in Personalised Nutrition
Course validated by University College of Osteopaths

Course - PGDip/MSc in Nutrition Science and Practice

University of West London

Nutrition and Human Sciences,
4th Floor Paragon House,
Boston Manor Road,
Tel: 0208 209 4421/4408
Email: Nutrition@tvu.ac.uk
Website: www.uwl.ac.uk
Course - BSc/BSc(Hons) Nutritional Therapy

University of Worcester

Bredon 003
St John's Campus
Henwick Grove
Tel: 01905 542205
Email: a.benbow@worc.ac.uk
Website: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/
Course - PG Dip/MSc Nutritional Therapy

NB: The NTEC assessors accredit the courses on the basis of the information supplied by the training providers. Any prospective student of nutritional therapy should carefully consider their choice of training institute and ask appropriate questions to help select the most appropriate course for them.

As a general guide:

  • Training to meet the competencies laid down in the National Occupational Standards will require in-depth study of the health sciences
  • There are no exemptions from clinical practice for other health professionals


Contact Details

Please contact us by email or post
Email: info@nteducationcommission.org.uk

Nutritional Therapy Education Commission
BM Box 3304

NTEC Chair

Interim Karen Watkins
Registered Nutritional Therapist

NTEC is an executive agency of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine. 
BM Box 3304 London WC1N 3XX

Registered in England: 3333951  Registered Address: 5 North Street, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1DQ
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