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Become a Registered Dietitian

Male dietitian teaching a young girl how to make a healthy smoothie.      Female dietitian showing food portion sizes for a nutrition counselling session.     Female dietitian enjoying the spring outdoors in Northern Ontario.

To become a Registered Dietitian in Canada requires the following steps:

  1. Graduation from a PDEP accredited Canadian Undergraduate Program in Dietetics or equivalent
  2. Successful completion of a PDEP accredited program of supervised practical experience (Dietetic Internship, Integrated Undergraduate program, or combined Masters/Practicum) or equivalent
  3. Successful completion of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE).

Dietetics is a Regulated Health Profession

  • Dietetics is a regulated health profession; therefore, dietitians must register with a provincial regulatory body to practice.  Dietetics regulatory bodies serve to protect the public, by ensuring that Registered Dietitians (RDs) have the required competencies and practice in a safe and ethical manner.  Once students have completed academic and practical training requirements for dietetics, they are eligible to apply for temporary registration in order to practice.
  • To become full registrants, they must pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE).  The CDRE is a national examination that is administered by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory bodies.  The CDRE is designed to test practice-based knowledge, application, and critical thinking skills required to competently and safely practice dietetics.  Students who graduate from accredited dietetics internship programs including NODIP have a high success rate with the exam.