We have recently been notified by our office building management that Commonwealth Edison, our electrical services provider, will be shutting down electrical service to CDR’s office building  beginning at 6:00 PM CT on Friday, May 26th  in order to perform electrical work in the building over the weekend. Our IT Department will begin shutting down services at 5:00 PM CT on Friday. Electrical service will be restored on Monday, May 29th at 6:00 AM CT.  During this timeframe you will not be able to access your Step 3: Learning Plan, or your Step 4: Activity Log. Special Notice: For CDR credentialed practitioners scheduled to recertify May 31, 2017, your Step 3: Learning Plan must be submitted to CDR on or before May 31st. Do not delay submitting your Learning Plan. Although all learning activities must be completed on or before May 31, 2017, your Step 4: Activity Log must be submitted by June 30, 2017.

Essential Practice Competencies Information For Practitioners


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Your PDP and Practice Competencies: What’s Next and What’s in It for You? webinar

This webinar provides detailed information about the competency-based process. Click here to access the webinar.
For upcoming webinar information, and to register, please click here.


Essential Practice Competencies Introduction Video

CDR has produced this information video which will give you an overview of the Professional Development Portfolio, now featuring Essential Practice Competencies. Click here to watch the video.



A demo version of the Goal Wizard that will allow you to experience the Goal Wizard process before you begin a competency-based cycle so that you have an idea of how this process helps you develop and submit your Step 1 Learning Plan. Please note: this is not where one will complete their actual learning plan. Click here to access the Dream Wizard.

Frequently Asked Questions

An FAQ to address the most commonly asked questions about the competency-based process. Click here for the FAQ.


Essential Practice Competencies for CDR Credentialed Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners publication

This is a publication that provides detailed information about the competency-based process. Click here to access the publication.


Competency-based Learning Plan Examples

Examples of competency-based Learning Plans for both RDNs or RDs and NDTRs or DTRs. Click here to access the examples.


General Competency Information

Here you will find background information on the development of the CDR Essential Practice Competencies. Click here to access the page.


FNCE 2013 Competencies Session

A recording of an informational session from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics FNCE 2013 that provides an overview the competency-based initiative: Click here to access the recording.