Becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®

January 5, 2024

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Becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, or BCHN®, demonstrates that you have achieved the highest level of professional recognition and validation of your knowledge and experience in the holistic nutrition industry. Achieving Board Certification will provide benefits such as credibility, assurance, validation, confidence, and access. 

In this multi-part series of PodTalks, we are taking a deep dive into the board exam. In this episode, you will hear from Dani Gibbs and Nicole Hodson of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) about the benefits and importance of being board certified, and what applicants can expect throughout the process. Then, we will talk to a couple NTI graduates who have taken the exam, and one who is in the process of preparing for the exam!

About Dani and Nicole

Nicole Hodson, NC, BCHN®, CDSP™

Executive Director

Nicole Hodson is a graduate of Bauman College and the Executive Director of the NANP. After significantly improving her and her husband’s health through whole foods nutrition, Nicole left the managed “healthcare” industry to pursue a career where she could affect more positive change. She has been with the NANP since 2007. Her passion for the industry is infectious, and she has made it her life’s mission to promote whole foods nutrition and those who teach it, in every way possible. Nicole is wholly dedicated to putting holistic nutrition professionals to work, and to protecting their right to practice.

When she’s not working, you’ll find Nicole in the kitchen. A dedicated ‘foodie,’ she’s continuously honing her cooking skills. Nicole loves living in Northern California’s gold and wine country with the love of her life and their toy poodle, Louie.

Danielle Gibbs, BS

Certifications & Member Relations Supervisor

Dani Gibbs has been a part of the NANP team since 2015 and currently works as NANP’s Certifications Supervisor. Dani has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Colorado State University. She uses her education and experience to handle all exam-related inquires or needs and the general management of credentialing duties for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board and The Certified Dietary Supplement Professional™ (CDSP™) Committee.

Dani, Nicole, and Dianne discuss the benefits of becoming board certified, and what applicants can expect:

  • 03:05 – What is the NANP?
  • 05:15 – Why did the NANP develop the board exam and the BCHN® credential?
  • 08:50 – Why is the trademark so important and beneficial?
  • 11:30 – Who is eligible to apply for the board exam?
  • 15:50 – Common misunderstandings with the application process
  • 17:30 – All about the contact hours requirement 
  • 20:13 – How is the board exam taken?
  • 23:20 – Where do the questions come from?
  • 27:48 – Why you should take the exam right after graduating 
  • 33:40 – How many times can you retake the exam?
  • 34:35 – The recertification requirement 

NTI’s PodTalk is available on all major podcast platformsFind us by searching “NTI PodTalk” in your favorite podcast platform or following any of the links below.

Apple Podcasts


Google Podcasts

Parts Two, Three, and Four of the NANP Board Exam Series:

Navigating Board Exam Preparation with Selina Rai

Navigating the Board Exam: Personal Insights with Valerie Federwitz

From Stress to Success: My Board Exam Story with Aimee Smith

Hear more from the NANP:

Laura Waldo, NANP Legislative Affairs Specialist

NTI PodTalk with NANP Podcast Hosts: Diana Walley and Kristen Burkett

Become a Nutrition Therapist Master, and get Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®!

NTI students graduate with such a strong foundation, we have one of the highest pass rates on the NANP Board Exam! Learn more about NTI’s Nutrition Therapist Master Certification with program information and application, or call 303-284-8361 to speak with our admissions team.

Disclaimer: This discussion is not intended to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy, nor in any way imply that Nutrition Therapists who graduate from NTI are qualified to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy.  The scope of practice for graduates of NTI to deliver therapeutic nutrition guidance to our clients which helps support their natural biology to achieve optimal function in whatever wellness path they are on.

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