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Obtaining Board Certified Specialties As An RD From Canada

Canadian Eligibility Application- CDR Board Certified Specialist:  Sports Dietetics (CSSD), Gerontological Nutrition (CSG), Oncology
Nutrition (CSO), Pediatric Nutrition (CSP) and Renal Nutrition (CSR)
If you are not currently a Registered Dietitian (RD) credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), you can apply for specialty certifications if you are a Registered Dietitian in Canada and meet the current CDR specialist eligibility requirements.
Step One:
  • If you do not have a login or password, please click on or cut and paste the following link into your internet browser:
  • Complete and submit the form. A password and login number will be emailed to you within three business days so that you can access the eligibility application.
  • If you are a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, then you can use your Academy login and password to enter the CDR website. Please note, you do not have to be a member of the Academy to become a CDR Board Certified Specialist.
Step Two:
  • Visit the CDR website ( Click on the blue login button on the upper right hand corner, and enter your login and password.
  • You will be on the “My CDR” page. Click on “Apply for Specialist Certification” (lower right of the page)
  • Click on “Apply for Specialty Certification” (middle of the page)
Step Three:
  • When adding a new application for Board Certification, you must complete your Canadian RD information. You will be required to upload proof of current Canadian registered dietitian status. This information will be verified by CDR once you submit your application. 
Step Four
  • Complete and submit the application.  Please note that the online application will involve emailing your employer/supervisor for verification before the application can be submitted.  Please allow ample time for this required portion of the online application.  You will have to log back in to check if your employer has verified your specialty practice hours. Once your employment is verified, you will have to submit your application by first clicking on the “Final Checklist,” and then clicking on “Submit for Approval”. A payment page will appear after you submit your application. For dates, deadlines, fee schedule, or if you need to review instructions about submitting your application, please visit CDR’s website:
Last Notes: After passing the examination, specialists are given an orientation packet, which includes a specialty identification card, wall certificate, and guidelines. In order to maintain the specialty credential, RD designation with Canada must be current and maintained. Verification of RD designation with Canada will have to be submitted to CDR yearly when a new RD designation card is received. CDR will contact specialists in Canada about submitting their documentation.
CDR specialty certification is valid for 5 years. To recertify, you would have to meet the eligibility requirements, apply for and pass the examination. You will be notified to send proof of Canadian RD designation yearly. If your Canadian RD designation lapses at any time, your specialty certification will also lapse.