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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 2017. 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 SENR Guide to Registration 2017 alongside Appendix 2 Practitioner. Registrants will be expected to demonstrate their competencies against the SENR Competency Framework 2020 FinalApplicants 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.  A non-exhaustive list of providers can be found here.

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: 15 October 2022, 1 April 2023 and 15 October 2023.

PRACTITIONER RE-REGISTRATION - Please contact the office at if you have any queries regarding your five year CPD registration term. If you wish to review the three template documents which make up your re-registration submission, you can access them as follows:


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 2020 Final.

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 SENR Guide to Registration 2017.

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.

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