By the Division of Professional Licensure

Policy Bulletin #06-01

April 2006

Purpose:
The purpose of this policy bulletin is to offer guidance regarding what educational programs the Board of Dietitian and Nutritionists ("Board") will accept to satisfy the continuing education requirement in 268 CMR 4.00 et seq.

Policy:
In order to be accepted in satisfaction of the continuing education requirement, the program must "contribute to the growth of an applicant in professional competence in nutritional practice." See 268 CMR 4.03 (1).

Discussion:
The Board grants continuing education credits for a variety of educational programs sponsored by organizations. The program must be, at minimum, an organized learning experience, at least fifty (50) minutes in length, and contribute to the licensee's professional competence in nutritional practice. Professional competence in nutritional practice means that the program must address the science of human nutrition. The program must enhance the licensee's knowledge of human nutrition. Programs that address marketing, management or other business or technical skills will not be accepted. It is the licensee's responsibility to maintain documentation that demonstrates that the program meets the Board's continuing education requirements.