Associate Designee

Advancing Professional Standards

At iaedp™, we understand the need for professionals who recognize the signs and risk factors associated with eating disorders, as well as the urgent need for intervention and appropriate treatment as soon as an eating disorder is identified. 

The Associate Designation is to acknowledge and formally recognize those working in the field of eating disorders or affiliated professions who have completed basic coursework (as defined below) with an educational designation. This designation signifies the individual has completed coursework and testing that demonstrates a basic overview of eating disorders, current treatment modalities, medical aspects, and nutritional aspects of diagnosis and treatment.

This process is under the supervision of the iaedp Certification Curriculum Team.  However, the designation is not a certification. It is not part of iaedp’s certification process. It is distinctly educational and does not indicate proficiency or ability to treat eating disorders independently.

Intended Users

  • Clinicians who may treat a few eating disorders patients a year but don’t currently meet patient care hours, supervision requirements, or other requisites for certification but wish to demonstrate excellence in eating disorders education.
  • Clinicians who are working towards certification approval in the future but don’t currently meet patient care hours, supervision requirements, or other requisites for certification.
  • Those with interests in eating disorder but not in the treatment field, i.e., teachers, school counselor (school nurses)
  • Mental health technicians and non-credentialed patient care staff
  • People interested in securing positions in the field
  • Physician’s office personnel
  • Insurance company reviewers
  • Administrative, admissions and marketing staff at centers 


  • Completed all 4 Core Courses either at the symposium or online
  • The standard rate for Core Courses is $125; if a member, the rate is $100.
  • These courses are updated each year to include any new developments, research, or treatment significant changes.
  • Purchase and pass the Associate Designee of the iaedp Institute Exam
  • The Exam fee is $40 per attempt up to 3 attempts. A passing score on the exam indicates the ability to apply using the title Associate Designee 


The Associate Designee renews every 5 years. Renewal applicants will provide evidence of ongoing learning in the field of eating disorders totaling 30 hours of attendance at eating disorders meetings and conferences. 


  • $25 nonrefundable application fee 
  • Payment for Courses and Exam
  • $75 per year membership dues requirement (student rate)