Misuse of RDN* or RD* and NDTR** or DTR** Credentials
Over the years, CDR has stated that RDNE and RDE are not credentials and should not be used. This information is located on the CDR website. Students completing their supervised practice program must sign a RDNE and RDE Misuse form for their program director regarding these fabricated credentials. In addition, each student is provided with a copy of the misuse document to retain in their file. Anyone can file a complaint with CDR on an individual using RDNE, RDE, RDN Eligible, RD Eligible, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Eligible, Registered Dietitian Eligible, RDN* or RD* if they are not registered as an RDN* or RD* with CDR. This would include ‘rdn’ or ‘rd’ in their email address prior to passing the exam for dietitians.
RDNE and RDE are the acronyms and RDN Eligible, RD Eligible, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Eligible or Registered Dietitian Eligible are the same, only spelled out.
Please Note: Do not use RDNE, RDE, RDN Eligible, RD Eligible, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Eligible, Registered Dietitian Eligible, ‘rdn’ or ‘rd’ in your email address.
We refer you to the CDR Web Site, www.cdrnet.org, to become familiar with terminology for registration eligible candidates. When the home page opens up, click on the gold “RDN*, RD*, NDTR**, and DTR** Credentials” button on the left hand side of the screen, then click on “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)* or Registered Dietitian (RD)*” and then click on Registration Eligibility General Information. The CDR website direct link is:
What does the term registration eligible mean?
The term registration eligible is used by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to identify individuals who have met the didactic and supervised practice requirements to write the registration examination. The Commission will verify upon request that an individual has met registration eligibility requirements and the eligibility date. The terms RDNE and RDE are not professional designations/credentials. The Commission has noted with concern an increase in the use of the terms RDNE and RDE to designate registration eligibility. Both employers and the public find the use of the term confusing.
Does the Commission recognize the professional designations RDNE or RDE?
No. These terms are not professional designations/credentials.
Should you be using the term RDNE or RDE, please discontinue use immediately and replace it with “registration eligible.” Individuals who use the terms RDNE or RDE are frequently reported to CDR regarding their misuse, and must be told to discontinue its use via a “cease and desist” order.
To report misuse of the RDN* or RD*, or NDTR** or DTR** credential, please contact Christine Reidy, RD, at the following information below.
Commission on Dietetic Registration
Christine Reidy, RD
120 S Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606
1/800-877-1600, ext. 4857
*Please note the RDN and RD are two credential designation options for one certification program. Practitioners may choose to use one or the other. For more information, click here.
**Please note the NDTR and DTR are two credential designation options for one certification program. Practitioners may choose to use one or the other. For more information, click here.