Membership fees

BDA Membership Fees 

The BDA is the membership association for the dietetic workforce; providing affordable solutions to all your professional needs under one roof. We take care of your professional needs, so that you can focus on your practice.

Belonging to the BDA membership community provides excellent value for money, as members receive over £2,000 worth of benefits per year including vital professional indemnity insurance, for less than £27 per month (for full member dietitians) and less than £10 a month for the support workforce (associate members) and £40/FREE a year for student members.

Being a part of and supporting your professional body and trade union also means ensuring the BDA’s collective voice in representing the profession to external stakeholders such as commissioners, the media and public remains strong, trusted and credible. 

BDA is excellent value for money. All dietitians need protecting as professionals and membership includes so much, including insurance and CPD. BDA full member.

2023/24 Fees

Please note that the below fees will remain in place until 29 February. Membership fees are set to increase by 3% as of 1 March, after which the updated prices will be displayed.

BDA Membership Category                             

Location / Grade

Direct Debit 12 monthly instalments

Direct Debit 1 annual payment

Debit/Credit Card

Full Member (dietitians)

UK

£26.95 (£323.41 in total)

£316.52

£327.56

Full Member (dietitians) 

Overseas

£32.15 (£385.82 in total)

£380.09

£391.39

Associate Member (Support Worker / Assistant)

Band 4 <

£9.45 (£113.48 in total)

£107.96

£114.27

Associate Member (Support Worker / Assistant)

Band 5 >

£13.65 (£163.91 in total)

£158.92

£172.05

SENR Graduate or Practitioner registrants (Sports Nutritionists) 

 

£12.26 (£147.12 in total)

£142.05

£152.35

Student Member (Dietetic Student) 

UK

N/A

Free first year / £40.17 thereafter

£40.17

International Student Member (Dietetic Student)

Overseas

N/A

£70

£70

Associate Student (Dietetic Apprentice)

 

£9.45 (£113.48 in total)

£107.96

£114.27

Graduate Member (for existing student members to upgrade to)

UK

£13.47 (£161.71 in total)

£158.26

£163.78

Affiliate Member

UK

£13.65 (£163.91 in total)

£158.92

£172.05

Affiliate Member

Overseas

£18.91 (£226.95 in total)

£222.49

£235.89

International Member

Overseas

£18.49 (£221.90 in total)

£220.13

£232.20

Alliance Member

UK

£13.65 (£163.91 in total)

£158.92

£172.05

Alliance Member

Overseas

£18.65 (£223.91 in total)

£218.92

£232.05

Return to Practice Member

UK £13.47 (£161.40 in total) £158.26 £163.78

 

Change in Circumstance

We also have a range of options to support our existing member through changes in circumstances (find out more here):

BDA Membership Category

Location Direct Debit 12 monthly instalments Direct Debit 1 annual payment Debit/Credit Card

Parental Leave Rate (Full members)

 

£13.47 (£161.71 in total)

£158.26

£163.78

Parental Leave Rate (Associate members Band 4 < )

 

£4.72 (£56.74 in total)

£53.98

£57.14

Parental Leave Rate (Associate members Band 5 > )

 

£6.83 (£81.96 in total)

£79.46

£86.03

Non-Practising Member

UK

£9.47 (£113.48 in total)

£107.96

£115.06

Non-Practising Member

Overseas

£14.71 (£176.52 in total)

£171.79

£178.62

Retired Member

UK

£9.47 (£113.59 in total)

£107.96

£115.06

Retired Member

Overseas

£14.71 (£176.52 in total)

£171.79

£178.62

BDA Annual Membership 

Please note that as per the BDA Bylaws, all BDA memberships are for a full calendar year, including membership of any BDA specialist groups.  BDA membership can be joined simply and easily online at any point in the year, commencing the month you join.

Membership Payments

The BDA accepts payment via direct debit (UK bank accounts only), or by credit or debit card. The direct debit payment option, selected by 90% of members, is the easier and slightly cheaper option and members can choose to pay by one instalment, or to spread the annual cost throughout the year via 12 monthly instalments. Please note, this is not a monthly membership, as all BDA subscriptions are for a full 12 months.

Members who pay by direct debit are contacted well in advance to be informed of their automatic membership renewal each year (unless they inform us otherwise), to ensure no members lapse and to avoid their vital professional indemnity insurance or trade union cover becoming invalid. Please remember that if you cancel your direct debit halfway through the year, or we are unable to collect your monthly instalment, the BDA will be charged by your bank, and you will be expected to pay the balance of your subscription for that year.

We apologise to any members who have experienced a drop in the usually high level of service relating to their membership payments. Our BDA staff and accounts team continue to work very hard behind the scenes to address these problems, which have been caused by our membership system, and we are communicating to individual members affected, setting up discounts and payment plans to be of assistance. You can contact us at .

N.B. Direct debits can only be set up on UK bank accounts.

Membership resignations

Please note that as per the BDA Bylaws, all membership payments must be paid in full before any member can resign. Any resignation must be made by notifying the BDA in writing via email to [email protected] giving at least one months’ notice of their desired termination date. As the professional body for the dietetic profession we must make you aware that alternative professional indemnity insurance must be sought to ensure the resigning member is legally able to practice as a dietitian (a HCPC mantadory requirement). 

Reclaim tax on your subscription fees

BDA members are eligible to reclaim tax on BDA professional subscription fees, for a period of up to four years. This includes both your BDA annual membership and any of your BDA Specialist Group (or sub group) memberships. There are no tax reclaim forms, it is sufficient for members to enter their BDA subscription on their tax returns under 'Professional Fees and Subscriptions'. Self Assessment Tax Returns are available from your own local Tax Office.

Find out more and reclaim your tax.