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DTR Exam Overview

After successfully completing current eligibility requirements and being validated by CDR, individuals are eligible to take the registration examination for dietetic technicians. Eligible candidates are emailed information on scheduling their examination by CDR’s testing vendor Pearson VUE. Candidates are required to read the DTR Handbook for Candidates.

The examination is administered year round at over two hundred fifty (250) Pearson VUE test centers. Test appointment availability varies by test center and is determined at the time of scheduling. For detailed information on examination format, policies and procedures, please review the Examination FAQ

As outlined in the Components of a Certification Testing Program (Flowchart), test specifications are updated every five years. The current Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians Test Specifications became effective January 1, 2022. 

Exciting Changes to the DTR Exam


Extended Examination Time

  • Starting March 15th, we're adding an additional 30 minutes to the test time for all candidates. This means the test duration will increase from 2.5 to 3 hours. We understand the importance of having ample time to demonstrate your knowledge and skills effectively. This extension aims to alleviate time pressure, allowing you to approach each question with confidence and thoroughness.


Introduction of CDR's Test Bundle Voucher

  • We're excited to introduce the Test Bundle Voucher program. Starting March 15, this optional program provides candidates with a second attempt to pass their RD or DTR exam at a discounted rate, should they have an unsuccessful first attempt. By investing in the Test Bundle, candidates can gain peace of mind, financial savings, and an opportunity to overcome test anxiety. For just $215 DTR, candidates receive a voucher valid for two test attempts. This option can provide the support that some candidates need on the journey to becoming a DTR and provide the reassurance to succeed. For more information on CDR’s Test Bundle Voucher, please visit our website


Adjustment in Exam Fee

  • Beginning June 1st, the cost of DTR exam will increase from $120 to $140. We acknowledge that the price adjustment may come as a change, but we want to assure you that this decision was made after careful consideration. Over the last 16 years, CDR has maintained the same test fee. However, with the increasing costs associated with exam administration and the additional seat time provided as of March 15th, this adjustment is necessary to ensure the sustainability and quality of the examination process.

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