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Accredited Provider FAQs

Question: What is the intent of CPE Provider Accreditation?

Answer: The intent of the Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation Program is to recognize continuing professional education providers that have met CDR's CPE Standards.

Question: What are the requirements for CPE Provider Accreditation?

Answer: Five Standards are being proposed and they include:

  • Standard 1-Accredited Provider Eligibility.
  • Standard 2- Program Planning and Content Development
  • Standard 3-Program Assessment and Outcomes Evaluation
  • Standard 4- Personnel Qualifications
  • Standard 5- Operational Policies and Procedures


Question: How long is the CPE Provider Accreditation period?

Answer: Currently, it is proposed that CPE providers will be accredited for a period of three (3) years. At that time, providers will need to resubmit an application for re-accreditation.

Question: What are the benefits of CPE Provider Accreditation?

Answer: The benefits of CPE Provider Accreditation include:


  • Recognition by CDR, dietetics professionals, and state dietetic licensure agencies as a provider that meets CDR's CPE Standards for continuing professional education.
  • Enhanced practitioner satisfaction by targeting activities to address practitioners' learning interests, which will be identified and given to providers in a complimentary annual report and by offering certificates of completion, which meets state licensure and CDR recertification requirements.
  • Marketing opportunities with exposure to a market of over 90,000 credentialed dietetics professionals, through promotion of individual CPE activities in the CDR CPE Database, as an accredited provider on CDR's Web site, and by approval to use the CDR provider accreditation logo while marketing CPE activities and materials.
  • New streamlined process with a brief provider application process only every three (3) years and by eliminating the requirement to submit individual CPE activities for CDR approval.

Question: One of the standards requires that activities be based on an identified learning need of dietetics professionals. How will providers meet this requirement?

Answer: Each year CDR CPE Accredited Providers will receive a complimentary annual report of dietetics practitioners learning interests. The data will be provided by state and by areas of professional interest. Use of these data in planning CPE activities or materials meets this standard. Providers are also encouraged to collect and utilize learning interests and needs data to develop CPE activities and materials.

Question: One of the standards requires that providers attach policies related to full disclosure and commercial support. How will providers meet this requirement?

Answer: Providers can attach policies regarding disclosing, in advance, any potential conflicts of interest including any source of compensation related to the activity or materials. A sample policy is included in the CPE Provider Accreditation Handbook for reference.

Question: Are CPE Providers that offer continuing professional education activities for dietetics professionals required to become CPE Accredited Providers?

Answer: No. Participation in the CPE Provider Accreditation Program is voluntary.

Question: Must dietetics professionals attend activities that are offered by CDR CPE Accredited Providers to receive credit for the professional development?

Answer: No. By grounding the Professional Development Portfolio process in professional practice, the professional assumes responsibility for selecting learning activities that have a direct relationship to that practice. CDR's role then shifts from approving or denying CPE activities to one of providing the tools for self-directed learning, verifying that each step in the process has been completed and meets minimum guidelines.

Question: Will CDR continue the prior approval process?

Answer: The evaluation of CPE activities for CDR Credentialed Practitioners on a prior approval basis is a shared responsibility between CDR and the affiliate dietetic association CPE review chair/committee.

The prior approval process will be available for affiliates that do not wish to participate in the CPE Provider Accreditation process. This process is of great benefit to CDR and the affiliate because the affiliate is aware of activities, speakers, and sponsors offering continuing professional education in their state. In addition, affiliates will receive a complimentary annual report (including geographic specific data) describing the learning interests of dietetics professionals.

Question: What should CPE Providers, who only offer one to two activities per year, do?

Answer: If a CPE provider offers only one to two activities annually and elects not to become a CDR CPE Accredited Provider, CPE providers could submit individual activities to the affiliate reviewer for prior approval. State affiliates cannot grant CDR CPE Accredited Provider status.
If a activity is held in multiple states or the state in which the activity is being held does not have a CPE reviewer, activities should be submitted to CDR if prior approval is desired. Materials (e.g., self-study, online courses, videotapes) should also be submitted to CDR if prior approval is desired. 

Question: Will CDR continue the subsequent approval process?

Answer: CDR has discontinued the requirement for subsequent approval. CDR embraces the philosophy of lifelong learning encouraged in Academy's Standard of Professional Practice and directed towards professional development, personal enhancement, and quality of care improvement. It believes that the Professional Development Portfolio supports the dietetics professional taking responsibility for his or her own professional development.

CDR's role then shifts from approving or denying CPE activities to one of providing the tools for self-directed learning, verifying that each step in the process has been completed and meets minimum guidelines.

Question: Why must the records of attendance be kept for seven (7) years?

Answer: Practitioners use CPE activities for both CDR recertification and licensure, so records of their attendance at activities should be kept by the CPE provider for the duration of a recertification period and allowing adequate time for review. If a practitioner misplaces this documentation, he or she can receive documentation of his or her attendance or completion of a CPE activity in a timely manner.

Question: Is there a charge to be a CPE Accredited Provider as an affiliate?

Answer: Yes. Effective June 1, 2018 Affiliates of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, who are also Accreidted Providers will b required to pay all fees assocaited with the CDR Accredited Provider Program.

There is an application fee ($500.00) and an annual maintenance fee ($300.00) for all providers.

Question: When will affiliates and other providers be able to apply for CPE Provider Accreditation?

Answer: Effective June 1, 2020, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will no longer be accepting new CDR CPE Accredited Provider application. For non-CDR Accredited Providers interested in offering CPEUs for Credentialed Practitioners, Prior Approval will remain an option.