Associate Membership

Dietetic support staff, join your professional community today

Are you a dietetic support worker or assistant practitioner working under the direct supervision of a dietitian? If so, then as the BDA membership community supports the whole dietetic workforce, you can join hundreds of other support staff in being an Associate member of your professional community.


  • Dietetic support workers and dietetic assistant practitioners (NHS Band 5 or above, or NHS Band 4 or below) working under the direct supervision of a dietitian in the UK

Annual Cost

BDA Associate membership is excellent value for money, worth over £2,000 but costing just £9.74 a month (for Band 4 and below) or £14.07 a month (Band 5 and above) which includes professional indemnity insurance, advice and guidance from the BDA Trade Union alongside all these benefits, resources and services. See annual BDA associate membership costs.

Please Note: If you are eligible for registration with the HCPC through UK training and education, you will not be eligible for Associate membership and must become a BDA Full member

Find out why these existing support staff members joined the BDA community as Associate members

Going back to study?

We know a number of dietetic support staff choose to go back to university to study a BDA accredited, HCPC approved nutrition and dietetic course which upon graduation leads to becoming a registered dietitian. If you choose this path, we help you by inviting you to take advantage of moving to our Student Membership, which is free in year one.

You can log on and update your membership where you will be asked to choose the tutor at your university to approve your application. Good luck in your studies!