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Registration Eligibility General Information

RDE Misuse:

Please refrain from using RDE or RD Eligible.

Over the years, CDR has stated in newsletters; CADE Newsletter, Student Scoop, and the ADA Times; that RDE is not a credential and should not be used. For the past several years students completing their supervised practice program must sign a RDE Misuse form for their program director regarding this fabricated credential. 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 RDE, RD Eligible, Registered Dietitian Eligible or RD if they are not registered as an RD with CDR. This would include ‘RD’ in their e-mail address prior to passing the exam for dietitians.
RDE is the acronym for RD Eligible or Registered Dietitian Eligible.

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 term RDE is not a professional designation/credential.

Does the Commission recognize the professional designation RDE?

No. The term is not a professional designation/credential. The Commission has noted with concern an increase in the use of the term RDE to designate registration eligibility. Both employers and the public find the use of the term confusing.
We ask that you please discontinue the use of the term RDE or RD Eligible and replace it with registration eligible. Thank you so much in advance for your assistance regarding this issue.

*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.