Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics Eligibility Requirements and Application
Board Certification as a
Eligibility Requirements *
Minimum requirements for specialty certification are established and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. In order to be eligible to become a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Current Registered Dietitian (RD) status by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Maintenance of the RD status, for a minimum of two years from the original examination date (by the date of the specialty examination).
- Initial Certification: Documentation of 1,500 hours of specialty practice experience as an RD within the past five years (by the date the application is due).
- Recertification: Documentation of 1,000 hours of specialty practice experience as an RD within the past five years by the date the application is due (effective until July 2018).
New Online Eligibility Application - Online Application Instructions
*Please note the following eligibility requirements:
- Until the application deadlines for the July 2018 examination, education will be allowed to substitute for a maximum of 1,200 hours of the required experience. If your educational degree was used to substitute for the required hours with initial certification, you cannot use the same degree again.
- A minimum of 300 specialty practice hours is a continued requirement for initial certification & recertification.
- Part C-2: Verification of Professional Experience: the substitution hours provided for authors of a peer-reviewed chapter in a dietetics related textbook/manual has been increased from 15 hours, to 25 hours maximum per chapter.
- Part C-2: Verification of Professional Experience: the substitution hours provided for presenters of original material at a peer-reviewed national, state and/or regional scientific conference has been increased from 5 hours, to 15 hours maximum per presentation. If you choose to send a .pdf file instead of submitting a hardcopy, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with your first name, last name and registration number.
- Part C-2: Verification of Professional Experience: Accept .pdf files or a hard copy of t as documentation for primary or co-authorship of an article in a peer reviewed scientific publication or authorship of a dietetics related textbook/manual OR research conducted as a sole of principal investigator. If you choose to send a .pdf file instead of submitting a hardcopy, please send to email@example.com with your first name, last name and registration number.
- Continuing education can substitute for a maximum of 75 hours of the required specialty practice hours. To take advantage of this substitution:
- CPE activities must follow the guidelines of the Professional Development Portfolio.
- CPE activities must be completed within the past five years from the date the specialty application is due.
- CPE activities must be specifically sports dietetics related.
- Copies of documentation, such as academic transcripts, certificates of completion, program agendas (with date of the activity and number of CPEUs) must be included with your specialty application.
New Eligibility Modifications
At the October 2011 meeting, CDR approved two modifications of the eligibility requirements for the Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) credential:
- Completion of all requirements for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Diploma in Sports Nutrition is now allowed to substitute for 500 hours of the practice experience required to qualify for the CSSD.
- CSSDs whose credential has lapsed, may recertify with 1000 hours of practice experience (rather than the 1500 hours of practice experience required for new CSSDs), provided they make application for the next available testing window following the lapse of their credential.