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Certificate & Membership Renewal

Part of the requirements for maintaining the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ (NTP) and Nutritional Therapy Consultant™ (NTC) certification from the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.® is that every two years, you are required to turn in 24 continuing education units (CEUs).

To qualify, CEUs must have been earned in the 30 months preceding their re-certification date. For example, an NTP or NTC that graduated in June 2015 would need to earn 24 CEUs by the time of their membership renewal comes due on July 30th, 2017. They may use CEUs obtained after January 1st, 2015 and forward.

To maintain an active Graduate NTA Membership (and the ability to use the NTP or NTC credential), NTA graduates are required to obtain a minimum requirement of 24 CEUs every two years*.

*Please note that renewal applications must be submitted at one time with all the required elements including 24 CEUs, the completed application, and payment of the membership fee. Individual CEU submissions will not be accepted or stored.

Graduate Membership Benefits: Read about what’s included in membership, log into the Graduate Member section of the website to access graduate resources, or get details for our Referral Rewards program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CEU?

CEU stands for “Continuing Education Unit”, a standard measurement many schools and certification programs use to encourage and track ongoing learning after graduation.

Continuing education is a critical part of maintaining your NTP or NTC credential, ensuring that you continue to expand your knowledge, refine your skillset, and grow your business. It reflects the integrity of you, the NTA, and the credential.

In general, the NTA awards 1 CEU for every 1 hour of education attended.

How many CEUs do I need?

To maintain an active Graduate Membership (and the ability to use the NTP or NTC credential), NTA graduates are required to obtain 24 CEUs every 2 years starting from the date of graduation. If, for example, you graduated in June 2015, you will need to earn 24 CEUs by the time your membership renewal comes due on July 31, 2017.

How do I earn CEUs?

There are many ways to earn valid credits. See Approved Ways to Earn CEUs and Other Ways to Earn CEUs below. Also see a list of both nutrition and business courses that are pre-approved for CEUs on the CEU Opportunities page.

When do I have to complete my continuing education for it to qualify for CEUs?

To qualify, CEUs must have been earned within 30 months of one’s membership renewal date. For example, if you are renewing in July 2017, you can use CEUs you have obtained from January 2015 forward. The previous year’s NTA events, such as the Annual Conference or the Business Summit, are an exception to the 30 month rule so that everyone can get CEUs for these events regardless of graduation date.

Can CEUs roll over to the next membership period?

Yes, if you earn more than the minimum 24 CEUs, you can roll some over into the next 2-year membership period. However, the date range above still applies (i.e. the CEUs must still be earned no more than 30 months prior to recertification).

Can CEUs be split between certification periods?

No, CEUs from a single course cannot be split into two certification periods. For example, if you receive aCertificate of Completion for 30 CEUs, you cannot use 24 for the next renewal, and roll over 6 to the following certification period. All 30 will be applied to the current renewal.

How can I renew my certificate if I've let it lapse?

If you are late sending in your Certificate Renewal, there will be a $25 late fee applied.

If it has been 3 or more years since you had active membership, you are required to re-sit an examination, pay the $199 for membership and the $25 late fee, and submit 24 CEUs from the last 30 months. If this is the case and you would like to renew, please email nta@nutritionaltherapy.com.

As of June 2017, you are no longer required to submit backdated CEUs and membership dues for the years your certification lapsed.

How many CEUs must be related to health and business?

Tip: Check out the CEU Opportunities page to see lists of programs that are pre-approved for CEUs!

14+ Health-Related CEUs

Of the 24 required CEUs, at least 14 must come from health-related courses, webinars, books, etc. Some
examples include:

  • Nutritional therapy, functional nutrition, etc.
  • Cooking, food preparation, sourcing, etc.
  • Supplementation, herbs, detoxification, aromatherapy, etc.Anatomy and physiology
  • Applied kinesiology
  • CEUs required to maintain licensure for other modalities (e.g. LMT, LAc, RN, DC, etc.)
  • Other wellness or lifestyle certifications (yoga, personal training, iridology)

≤10 Business-Related CEUs

Business-related CEUs can make up 10 or fewer of the 24 total CEUs. These CEUs are especially important for NTPs and NTCs who maintain a private practice or run their own business. If you do not maintain a practice or run your own business, you can instead get all 24 CEUs from health-related education.

Business-related CEUs can come from a variety of sources. Suggested topics include:

  • Business software, website design, etc.
  • Counseling, psychology, motivational interviewing, habit-formation, etc.
  • Marketing (e.g. social media, email marketing, content marketing, etc.)
  • Productivity, project management, time management, etc.
  • Small business administration (e.g. accounting, insurance, taxes, website design, etc.)
What documentation am I required to submit?

To count as valid CEUs, you must submit one of the following for each course, webinar, etc.:

  • Option 1: A “Certificate of Completion”, including the total awarded CEUs/credits (or the hours attended; 1 hour = 1 CEU), the presenter name, date, time, location, and topic.
  • Option 2: If an official certificate is not provided, you must submit an “NTA CEU Report” (found at the end of this document).

Please note that the NTA does not accept any of the following as proof of CEUs:

  • Photos of Certificates of Completion or NTA CEU Reports. You must scan and email the document, fax it, or send a photocopy in the mail.
  • Links to Certificates of Completion or NTA CEU Reports stored online in Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
Where do I send my CEU documentation?

You can send your Certificates of Completion and NTA CEU Reports to NTA headquarters via email, fax, or post. Please do not send originals.

Email: nta@nutritionaltherapy.com
Fax: (360) 528-2564
Post: PO Box 354, Olympia, WA 98507

Preferred Ways to Earn CEUs

While there are a wide variety of ways to earn CEUs, the NTA maintains the right to determine whether or not a source is high quality and if the education received meets our standards for continuing education. By completing one of the programs the NTA has evaluated and pre-approved for CEU credits, you can rest assured that your renewal will be processed successfully and immediately as we already know the caliber of learning you received from these programs. If you want to take advantage of this guaranteed renewal opportunity, you can participate in some of these pre-approved CEU activities. Our strong preference is that you choose continuing education opportunities from this list, because we are confident in the quality of the continuing education, and also because it makes the approval process much quicker!

Attend the NTA Annual Conference

Attending an NTA Annual Conference is a great way to earn a significant number of CEUs while reconnecting with the tribe and having a ridiculous amount of fun. While the exact number of CEUs varies from year to year depending on the number of speakers, length of presentations, etc., conference attendees typically receive a Certificate of Completion. Note that the NTA offers a discounted entrance fee to NTP/NTC students and graduates with active graduate memberships.

Live NTA events such as the Annual Conference or the Business Summit are an exception to the 30 month rule, so that everyone can get CEUs for these events regardless of graduation date.

Find out more about the next NTA Annual Conference

Attend a Regional NTA Conference

In addition to the Annual Conference, the NTA holds regional conferences around the United States. After attending, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the NTA.

Live NTA events such as the Annual Conference or the regional Business Summit are an exception to the 30 month rule, so that everyone can get CEUs for these events regardless of graduation date.

Buy NTA Conference Recordings

If you are unable to attend an NTA annual or regional conference in person, worry not: you can buy the recordings instead and submit an NTA CEU Report for each speaker session you watch.

Buy NTA Conference Recordings

Take a Course or Certification Program

NTPs and NTCs can take a number of courses or certification programs to complement their credential. Most of these courses will provide a Certificate of Completion, but if not, you must complete an NTA CEU Report to receive CEUs.

Please remember that you may only use up to 10 CEUs for business and up to 24 CEUs for nutrition per cycle, and that the remainder does not carry over to the next renewal cycle.

(If you do go over 24 CEUs, we acknowledge your high achiever status, and we give you a virtual gold star and a high five!)

Pre-approved certification programs are listed on the CEU Opportunities page.

Volunteer as a Group Leader or Course Mentor

Group Leaders and Course Mentors who fulfill their responsibilities for the entirety of the course and uphold all expectations can earn 24 CEUs.

You must submit your Certificate of Completion to get CEUs.

Apply to be a Group Leader

Apply to be a Course Mentor

Write a Book Review from the Recommended Books List

For those who love reading, book reviews are a great way to earn CEUs. You may earn CEUs if you read one of the books included in the Recommended Resources section of the Required Reading, Recommended Resources & Course Assignments document*. Each book review is eligible for 4 CEUs. You must send us a 500-750 word book review for each book discussing the following:

  • Please summarize key takeaways from this book.
  • How will you apply what you learned in your practice, business, or life?

An NTA CEU Report is not required for book reviews.

*Please note that while you can be eligible for CEUs for book reviews of books NOT on the Recommended Resources list, it’s not guaranteed that you will get CEUs and it will have to be approved. See Write a Book Review (Other Books) under Other Ways to Earn CEUs below.

Alternative Ways to Earn CEUs

The NTA does not guarantee that CEUs will be awarded for programs outside of our pre-approved methods; however, we will evaluate all applications that are submitted. Applications submitted with CEUs from non-approved activities will take longer to process as we will examine the quality and applicability of each item to ensure it upholds the integrity of the NTA’s certification standards. The NTA will exercise the right to deny any applications if the CEUs are not deemed appropriate for the renewal requirements and you will be asked to resubmit your application with other continuing education experiences. Possible CEU activities that fall outside of the pre-approved programs are listed below.

Attend Other Conferences

Conferences that are nutrition-related or business-related may be eligible for CEUs. Please fill out a separate NTA CEU Report for each speaker; you cannot fill out one report for the whole conference. Some examples of nutrition and business conferences are listed below.

  • Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions Annual Conference
  • National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) Annual Conference
  • Paleo f(x)
  • World Domination Summit [Business]
  • SXSW Conference [Business]
Attend Online Summits and Webinars

Many nutrition experts, supplement companies, etc. regularly offer online conferences, summits, and webinars that can be a great free way to earn CEUs from the comfort of your own home. Beware that such education is usually provided in an effort to sell you a product or paid course, however, so you will likely have to endure some promotions. Better companies and speakers will keep this to a minimum.

Please note that you must either submit a Certificate of Completion or complete an NTA CEU Report. Please fill out a separate NTA CEU Report for each speaker; you cannot fill out one report for the whole event.

Attend an In-Person Training or Seminar

In-person trainings, seminars, or workshops related to nutrition or business may be eligible for CEUs. As with online conferences, summits, or webinars, you will likely have to endure some promotions. Better companies and speakers will keep this to a minimum.

Please note that you must either submit a Certificate of Completion or complete an NTA CEU Report. Please fill out a separate NTA CEU Report for each speaker; you cannot fill out one report for the whole event.

Attend College Classes

The NTA awards 1 CEU for each 1 seat hour of class. For example, if you take a 5-credit class that meets for 1 hour a day, 5 days a week, for 10 weeks, you would earn 50 CEUs (1 x 5 x10 = 50).To receive CEUs for college classes, you must attach a copy of your transcript. We may request a course syllabus or further information from you if we require it.

Teach a Workshop

Teaching is one of the best ways to learn. If you teach a workshop or present on material that aligns with our paradigm and is above and beyond the NTA curriculum, you may be able to earn 4 CEUs per unique presentation. You must submit an outline or slide deck from the event as well as an NTA CEU Report as proof, listing the resources that you consulted to research content. Please note that for NTA instructors, the time spent teaching NTP and NTC classes is not eligible for CEUs.

Write a Book Review (Other Books)

Any health or business-related book may be eligible for CEUs. Each book review is eligible for 4 CEUs.* You must send us a 500-750 word book review for each book discussing the following:

  • Please summarize key takeaways from this book.
  • How will you apply what you learned in your practice, business, or life?

An NTA CEU Report is not required for book reviews.

*Note that if you complete a book report from the list of Recommended Resources, you’ll automatically get the CEUs since those books have been pre-approved to ensure they meet our standards. See Write a Book Report from the Recommended Books List under Approved Ways to Earn CEUs.

Write a Book

NTPs and NTCs can earn CEUs by writing a book on a health or business-related topic. The book can be a physical print book or ebook, but regardless of format, the book must be available for sale to the public to qualify for CEUs. You must fill out an NTA CEU Report, listing resources you consulted while researching.

CEUs are awarded as follows:

  • 12 CEUs: books of 100-200 pages in length
  • 24 CEUs: books longer than 200 pages in length

Note that no CEUs are awarded for books shorter than 100 pages. You must send proof of the book (e.g. a link to the book on your website or Amazon, the PDF or a hard copy of the book, etc.) to get CEUs.

Publish an Article

If you write an article that is printed in a published magazine or academic journal, you may receive 2 CEUs for each article. You must fill out an NTA CEU Report, listing at least 3 resources you consulted while researching, and show proof of the article (a scan of the article page(s) of the magazine, a link to the abstract online, etc.). Blog posts do not qualify for CEUs.

Certificate Renewal Checklist

In order to renew your certificate and membership and receive credit for your CEU submission, please submit all of the following (incomplete applications will not be accepted):

  1. A completed Renewal Application
  2. A completed CEU Breakdown listing the number of CEUs applied for in each category
  3. A Certificate of Completion for each CEU opportunity (preferred), OR an NTA CEU Report plus proof of attendance or completion for each CEU activity, in order

Scroll down and click the buttons to download each of these forms.

Please return the above documents to the NTA via email, fax, or post:

Email: nta@nutritionaltherapy.com
Fax: (360) 528-2564
Post: PO Box 354, Olympia, WA 98507

Download Your Membership Renewal & CEU Forms

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Renewal Application

Please complete the Renewal Application to renew your certificate and Graduate Membership for two years ($199), attaching Certificates of Completion or NTA CEU Reports for proof of continuing education completed. 24 CEUs must be submitted to the NTA every two years for your NTA Graduate Membership renewal and in order to be able to use the NTP or NTC credential.

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CEU Breakdown

Use the CEU Breakdown to list the number of CEUs that you are applying for in each category and the total CEUs you are applying for, sending us the required documentation for each (listed in the form). A Certificate of Completion is preferred, but if you do not have one, you may complete an NTA CEU Report. Please attach proof of completion in the same order.

NTA CEU Report

Complete the fields in the CEU Report in full and in as much detail as possible to ensure timely approval of your CEUs. You must complete an NTA CEU Report for each continuing education opportunity you complete. If you attended or watched an event with multiple speakers, please fill out a report for each speaker session; you cannot fill out one report for the whole event.

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