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SENR has three routes to registration: Practitioner, Graduate and Academic. You can find the requirements for each category and details of how to apply below.

All routes are outlined in full in the SENR Guide to Registration 2022. This guide will take you through the purpose and benefits of SENR, and the routes to registration.


1. Practitioner Registration

Practitioner registration is awarded to individuals who can demonstrate appropriate qualifications and proficiency gained after relevant professional experience. Full details can be found in the SENR Guide to Registration 2022. Registrants will be expected to demonstrate their competencies against the SENR Competency Framework 2022Applicants must have attended a SENR Portfolio Workshop prior to portfolio submission.

All applicants should also have achieved a Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering. 

Practitioner applications should be sent to the BDA Office at Please ensure your portfolio only consists of three documents (CV, competency framework, portfolio). The Competency Framework document needs to be saved as a Word document, the other two documents can be saved as PDF.

The deadline dates for portfolio submissions are: 1 April 2023, 15 October 2023 and 1st April 2024.

Practitioner Re-Registration 

To remain on the register after the 5 year period, Practitioners will need to complete the Practitioner Re-Registration process. Find out more.


2. Graduate Registration

Those new to the field, or new graduates, can apply for Graduate Registration. This enables people who have the appropriate knowledge base but not yet the experience, to join the Register. It encourages safe and ethical practice in graduate registrants from graduation in their initial engagement in sports and exercise nutrition at different levels of practice. 

Graduate registration is awarded to individuals who can demonstrate appropriate qualifications, against Section A of the SENR Competency Framework 2022.

The maximum period of graduate registration will be three years, after which time the registrant will be required to demonstrate the requirements for full registration.

Full details can be found in the SENR Guide to Registration 2022.

Applications for Graduate registration can now be made as part of the BDA online joining process – applicants should join as a ‘SENR Member’ of the BDA, and will be asked to upload the relevant documentation for us to assess your eligibility for registration.

If you are eligible for registration with the HCPC as a Dietitian through UK training and education, you must join the BDA as a Full Member. Once you have joined the BDA as a full member, to become a SENR Registrant, you should fill in the Graduate Registration application form and return to the BDA Office at


3. Academic Associate Registration

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 the developing 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 Resistant 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 SEN academic / research community. 

Applicants are invited to submit the following documentation:

  • a CV to outline background and professional qualifications
  • a personal statement on how they support SENR initiatives
  • a written recommendation from a current SENR Register Practitioner

Full details can be found in the SENR Guide to Registration 2022.

Applications to become an Academic Associate should be sent to the BDA Office at