Become a Registered Dietitian
To become a Registered Dietitian in Canada requires the following steps:
- Graduation from a PDEP accredited Canadian Undergraduate Program in Dietetics or equivalent
- Successful completion of a PDEP accredited program of supervised practical experience (Dietetic Internship, Integrated Undergraduate program, or combined Masters/Practicum) or equivalent
- 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.