SMHP Accreditation

Accreditation certifies that the practitioner has met the SMHP standards of understanding competence in the practice of dietary and lifestyle interventions that address metabolic health.

Several pathways established for SMHP accreditation as a Metabolic Health Professional with the right to display the credentials MHP.

The SMHP has established several pathways leading to SMHP accreditation as a Metabolic Health Professional, all with the right to display the credentials MHP.   Accreditation certifies that the practitioner has met the SMHP standards (demonstrating an understanding of concepts; proficiency in practice) adopted by SMHP for diet and lifestyle practices that address metabolic health.

Accredited Professionals accredited by SMHP may offer nutrition and lifestyle education and coaching in line with SMHP guidelines for improving metabolic health, but only medical professionals may dispense medical advice.  Education and coaching should not be misconstrued as medical advice or treatment.  Furthermore, non-medical practitioners may not diagnose, prescribe, or medically treat any individuals seeking their services; instead, they should direct all clients to seek medical advice for health conditions from an appropriate medical professional—ideally, one that is familiar with and supportive of the use of carbohydrate restriction and lifestyle modifications to improve metabolic health.

At this point we need to introduce the concept of Continuing Metabolic Health Education (CMHE) credits.  A number of organisations  offering CMEs and CEUs have been identified as acceptable to qualify for CMHE credits on a one-to-one basis, unless otherwise specified. As described below, a certain number of these credits are required for initial accreditation and then annually on a continuing basis.

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Accreditation Pathways

  • All Applicants must be active members of the SMHP with their account in good standing.
  • All Applicants are required to complete the Ethics Module from the Nutrition Network.
  • All Applicants are required to have attained a minimum of 30 CMHE credits from any of the SMHP-approved CMHE providers in the year preceding the application.Furthermore, an additional 30 CMHE credits are required each year (based on the anniversary of accreditation) in order to maintain accreditation in good standing.  Credits from Nutrition Network modules that an applicant does not submit as part of the initial accreditation process can be submitted to meet this CMHE requirement as well.
  • Once you have met all the requirements for a particular pathway, you need to upload all the certificates and required documents to your profile and then select the 'Apply for SMHP Accreditation' from the Accreditation Menu Dropdown and fill in the form and submit it to the Review Committee.
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Training Pathway

An additional 30 CMHE credits are required for each of the Training pathways. To ensure adequate immersion in the field, a minimum of 20 credits should date back at least to the year previous to the date of the application submission.

Nutrition Network Path

Complete one of the following professional trainings:

(Note: If you are a non-medical professional, you are required to complete the Advisor Training module first, before you are free to complete one of the professional training modules above.)

Once the Professional Training module is completed, you are then required to complete the 3 modules of the ‘LCHF In Clinical Practice’ course.

So, in summary you need the following core modules:

  1. Advisor Training (if you are not a clinician)
  2. Professional Training in LCHF/ Ketogenic Nutrition and Treatment OR LCHF for Nurses OR LCHF for Dietitians
  3. LCHF in Clinical Practice
  4. Ethics

Over and above that you need 60 CMHE credits from an approved provider.  If you use Nutrition Network modules for some of these CMHE credits they cannot come from any of the core modules above. So, for instance, the 10 credits from the Reversing Diabetes module would count towards your 60 but the credits from the Ethics module would not.

The last two virtual LowCarbUSA events (https://www.lowcarbusa.org/low-carb-events/) still have CMHEs available and will easily get you over your requirement.

National Association of Sports Nutrition (NASN) Path

For sports trainers and nutritionists:

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Clinical Pathway

Clinical Practice Path

  • This pathway is for Clinicians who have complete at least 2 years in a practice focused on carbohydrate restriction and lifestyle medicine.
  • Submit an essay following this template outlining your decision to choose this form of practice over the traditional practice model.  Describe, also 3 cases of successful implementation and 3 cases of failed or challenging implementation of these lifestyle changes.

The SMHP Review Committee will decide on the appropriateness of the experience for SMHP accreditation by majority vote. Their decision is final. If declined, applicants will have the opportunity to submit a new essay and case reports for review.

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Academic/Research Pathway

For the Academic/Research Pathway the candidate is additionally required to complete the Advisor Training Course from the Nutrition Network.

Published Paper Path

  • Submit a minimum of 3 peer-reviewed research papers (full-text versions) in the field of carbohydrate restriction and metabolic health published in recognised scientific journals.
  • Submit an essay following this template detailing the nature and extent of the research as well as any findings and conclusions.
  • The SMHP Review Committee will decide on the relevance of the content and the acceptability of the journal it Is published in by majority vote. Their decision is final. If declined, applicants will have the opportunity to submit additional papers for review.

Research Project Path

  • Present proof that that the Applicant has been involved in conducting Research Projects or Trials focused on carbohydrate restriction, ideally in the context of lifestyle medicine for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Submit an essay following this template detailing the nature and extent of the research as well as any findings and conclusions.
  • The SMHP Review Committee will decide by majority vote on the appropriateness of the experience for SMHP accreditation. Their decision is final. If declined, applicants will have the opportunity to submit new projects for review.
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Fellowship Pathway

  • Provide proof of successful completion of an on-site clinical fellowship or internship with a Metabolic Health component of at least 500 hours of training on the treatment of metabolic conditions using lifestyle interventions including carbohydrate restriction.
  • Furnish a letter of attestation from the fellowship/internship director confirming at least 500 hours of training the treatment of metabolic conditions with lifestyle interventions including carbohydrate restriction must accompany the application.
  • Submit an essay following this template detailing the nature and extent of the research as well as any findings and conclusions.

[A number of Metabolic Health Fellowship Programs Are Under Development.  Check Back Here Regularly as We Will Post Them as Soon as They Are In Place]

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Honorary Pathway

The SMHP Board of Directors may, at their discretion and by majority vote, award accreditation status to an individual based on lifetime achievement that demonstrates competency in the research or practice of lifestyle interventions that incorporate carbohydrate restriction for metabolic health.

Individuals considered for this pathway are still required to complete the Ethics Module from the Nutrition Network and meet the same CMHE requirements as other accredited practitioners.

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