AANC Certification

The Certification Program for nutritional consultants is maintained as a service to Professional Members of AANC. 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 AANC.

The purpose of certification is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by encouraging high standards and professional competence of persons practicing in the profession of nutritional counseling. It provides a designation (C.N.C.) which serves to inform the practitioner's clients and potential clients that the practitioner has met professional requirements in addition to, and beyond, normal academic studies and/or professional experience.

The Certification Program, including establishment of standards and eligibility requirements, is administered by the Commission on Certification of AANC. The Certification Program and services of the Commission on Certification are supported entirely by examination fees and annual membership dues.

Candidates are required to complete a series of tests which will demonstrate proficiency in the areas of General and Applied Nutrition and in Practice Management.

Payment 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.

Candidates should keep in mind that AANC 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 AANC examinations must come from the corresponding textbook. Without the book, it may appear a question could be answered several ways based on your previous experience or other books. All examinations will be graded according to the answers found specifically in the corresponding book.

Some of the books may be found in libraries, purchased from bookstores and some health food stores, or purchased at Member Discount Prices from the Thriving 4 Health Bookstore. Medical Chemistry is available for download below at no charge.

Test Name
Textbook Title
Anatomy & Physiology Atlas of the Human Body Takeo Takahashi $26.99
Nutrition & Common Ailments Prescription for Nutritional Healing 5th Edition James & Phyllis Balch $35.00
Nutrition in Action The Ultimate Healing System Donald LaPore $17.96
Orthomolecular Nutrition Putting It All Together Hoffer and Walker $19.00
Children's Health Herbal Healing for Children Demetria Clark $14.95
Medical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Text Download Now FREE
Diet & Nutrition Diet & Nutrition Rudolph Ballentine $19.95
Enzyme Health Enzymes: The Key to Health Howard Loomis $22.46
Living Chemistry An Apple a Day Ted Morter $18.00
Applied Nutrition Nourishing Traditions, Revised, 2nd Edition Sally Fallon $25.00
Amino Acids Heal with Amino Acids Sahley and Birkner $17.96
*Shipping is not included. Prices are subject to change without notice.