How to Register

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 [email protected]. Please ensure your application only consists of three documents (CV, Competency Framework, and Portfolio). The Competency Framework document needs to be saved as a Word document, the other two documents can be saved as PDFs.

The deadline dates for portfolio submissions are: midnight 1st April 2024, 1st October 2024, 1st April 2025 and 1st October 2025.

Practitioner Application

Guidance for preparing your practitioner application, including useful references and documents can be found here.

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.

We have re-opened applications to the SENR Graduate Register if you have graduated from an SENR accredited course, please follow the instructions below. 

If you have not completed an SENR acccredited course applications remain paused at the moment.  When they re-open this page will be updated with requirements and guidance.

How to apply if you have graduated from an SENR accredited course.

You will need to complete an online application, please prepare the following documents as you will be required to submit these during the online application.

1 - Up to date CV

2 - Certificate for undergraduate degree

3 - Certificate from SENR accredited course

You will be required to set up payment details during the online application, you can view the BDA membership fees for SENR members here.

Start your online application, select, 'sports nutritionist' and 'SENR member'.

Please only use this online application process if you have completed and SENR accredited course.  Applications from other routes are currently paused.

Applications made online, will be reviewed to check the qualification requirements are met, this process can take up to two weeks.  If qualification requirements are met, you will recieve a detailed email to confirm your registration within two weeks of your application, this will be contain a link to your registration profile.

How to apply for Graduate registration if you are HCPC Dietitian

If you are eligible for registration with the HCPC as a Dietitian through UK training and education, you will need to follow a different process to join the graduate register. Find out more.

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 [email protected].