Academic Associate registration

If you haven’t already, please view the routes to registration to help you decide which category of registration you should apply for.

Academic Associate registration has been established to acknowledge those with significant sport and exercise nutrition academic and research interests but for whom the practitioner registration route is not feasible because they do not practice in the applied context and cannot meet Practitioner registrant competencies.

It aims to recognise the contribution that academics and researchers make to developing the evidence base in sport and exercise nutrition, but is not a route to practice.

Those academics and researchers who feel they can comprehensively evidence the competency requirements of Practitioner registrant status are advised to register through that route.


SENR Academic Associates will hold a relevant PhD and have a recognised profile and standing within the SENR academic / research community.

  1. If you haven't already, create an account for the BDA website as a non-member.
  2. Submit your application via the form below.
  3. Once directed to by our office team, please pay the Academic Associate application fee of £75 via the BDA shop here. 

Application form

Please log in or create an account in order to access this application form.

What happens next?

Appplications for practitioner registrations are accepted twice a year on 1 April and 1 October. Our Registration Quality Standards Assessment Panel thoughly assess applications. You will be informed of the outcome of the panel's decision via email, within ten weeks of submission review date.

If approved, you will be invited to join as an SENR member. You will then be added to the SENR Register and enjoy all the benefits of SENR membership.