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CDR Connection—May 2019

CDR Connection—May 2019

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Linda Gigliotti, MS, RDN, CDE
Vice Chair
Rebecca Brody, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC
Public Member
Micheal W Giles, BA, MA, PhD

Elizabeth (Lisa) S Abbay, RDN, LDN, FAND
Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RDN, CSSD, FACSM
Kellene Isom, MS, RD, LDN
Kathryn Lawson, MS, RDN, CD
CDR DTR Representative
Amanda R Coufal, BS, NDTR
Newly Credentialed Practitioner Representative
Anna Acre MS, RDN, LD
Board Certified Specialist Representatives
Linda Heller, MS, RD, CSP, CLE, FAND
D. Travis Thomas, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FAND
Advanced Practice in Clinical Nutrition Representative
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is pleased to share this Spring 2019 edition of its e-newsletter, CDR Connection: Power Your Future! In this issue we are highlighting a reminder to update your CDR Credentialed Practitioner Profile, changes to the PDP certification activity type, as well as updates regarding ongoing CDR initiatives. We hope that you find this newsletter informative and helpful!

To view past issues go to

Linda Gigliotti, Chair,
Commission on Dietetic Registration

Remember to Update Your CDR Credentialed Practitioner Profile

Please take a few minutes to review your CDR credentialed practitioner Profile information at and make sure your mailing address, email address and primary contact telephone number are correct. Once you have logged into your record, you'll be brought directly to your Profile tab. If you need to make updates, under Contact Information, click on the link Update Contact Information. Please make any necessary changes to ensure the delivery of important CDR emails and/or mailings.

To protect the security of your record and maintain the integrity of the Academy/CDR database, we are unable to change mailing addresses and email addresses based upon a verbal request. All changes must be completed by the credentialed practitioner.

If you have a name change, instructions can be found here: CDR’s Change of Name/Address Policy. Original or notarized copies of name change documents must be provided to CDR for name change updates.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!


Did You Know?

There are more than twenty different activity types that CDR credentialed practitioners may use to complete their recertification requirements. Each of these activity types are described in the Professional Development Portfolio Guide available at:

CDR also maintains a database of prior approved CPE activities available at the following link:


CDR News Highlights

Update to CDR’s Approved Certifications for Continuing Education

CDR has revised the CPE credits awarded for completion of an approved certification (e.g. CSSD, CDE, etc.). CPE credits are now assigned based on the minimum degree and/or credential required for eligibility to obtain the certification, as noted below:

RD and/ or MS and requires reexamination every five years to maintain certification 75 CPEUs
RD and/or MS recertifying by CPE 50 CPEUs
BS or BA 40 CPEUs
HS or AS 25 CPEUs

The full listing of certifications can be found here.

This change will be phased in over five years beginning with recertification cycles beginning June 2, 2019. Please refer to the following table. CDR credentialed practitioners will be able log the assigned CPE credit for each certification listed towards consecutive CDR recertification cycles. Please note that all CDR credentialed practitioners must also complete one CPE credit addressing ethics in addition to the certification.

This new policy will roll out following the order listed below:

  1. Recertification cycles beginning June 2, 2019–Ending May 31, 2025
  2. Recertification cycles beginning June 1, 2020–Ending May 31, 2025
  3. Recertification cycles beginning June 1, 2021–Ending May 31, 2026
  4. Recertification cycles beginning June 1, 2022–Ending May 31, 2027
  5. Recertification cycles beginning June 1, 2023–Ending May 31, 2028
  6. Recertification cycles beginning June 1, 2024–Ending May 31, 2029

CDR Sessions FNCE 2019

For Students and Educators
Sunday, October 27, 2019
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

CDR Informational Booth & Help Center
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Location TBD

10:00 – 11:30 am
The Registration Examination Experience
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Room TBD
Presiding Officer: Katy Lawson, MS, RD, CD

1:30 – 3:00 pm
CDR and ACEND Joint Session:
Myths and Realities about Future Requirements for Registered Dietitians

Pennsylvania Convention Center – Room TBD

For CDR Credentialed Practitioners
Sunday, October 27, 2019
3:30 – 5:00 pm
CDR: 50 Years of Credentialing Excellence
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Room TBD
Presiding Officer: Beth E Taylor, DCN, RDN-AP, LDN, CNSC, FCCM

Monday, October 28, 2019
8:30 – 4:30 pm
CDR Informational Booth & Help Center
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Location TBD

1:30 – 3:00 pm
PDP Practice Competencies Session
Pennsylvania Convention Center – Room - TBD

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

CDR Informational Booth & Help Center
Pennsylvania Convention Center

Dietetic Technician, Registered Marketing Initiative

CDR has implemented a marketing initiative to promote the value of the DTR credential to employers and didactic program in dietetics (DPD) program directors.

During focus groups with educators and dietetic technicians, DPD program directors were identified as a primary target audience for the bachelor degreed, DPD program graduate dietetic technician. A promotional poster highlighting the practice role options for DTRs was sent to all ACEND accredited DPD program directors in April/May. Promotional brochures highlighting the DTR’s role in different practice settings, such as school nutrition, public health, acute care, long-term care and retail were recently sent to RD employers in these practice sectors.

Please visit CDR’s website to view these materials:

Practice Competencies Initiative

The CDR Competency Assurance Panel collaborated with the Academy’s Quality Management Committee on the development of dietetics practice competencies and performance indicators. These competencies and performance indicators replaced the current learning need codes for the Professional Development Portfolio recertification system.

This new system began in 2015 with new registrants whose registration began on or after June 2, 2015 and current registrants beginning their June 1, 2016 recertification cycle. An article describing the development and validation of the practice competencies was published in the June 2015 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The CDR website has been updated to include a Practice Competencies page,, that includes several practitioner, educator and student resources. Recordings of webinar presentations made during 2016–2017 are also available at the following link:

Continuing Professional Education Approval Criteria

CDR has revised the current continuing professional education approval criteria to require that all continuing professional education activity types (excluding academic coursework) addressing diet and nutrition topics, include an RD or DTR in program planning*. This policy change is effective for continuing professional activities offered on or after June 1, 2018 and for CDR credentialed practitioners recertifying beginning a new recertification cycle on or after June 2, 2018.

*Academic Coursework, and CPE activities offered by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Psychological Association (APA), American Public Health Association (APHA), pharmacy, dentistry, and speech language pathology societies and associations are excluded from this requirement.

New Policy: Continuing Professional Education Activities Addressing Ethics

At its October 2018 meeting the Commission established the following policy effective January 1, 2019:

All continuing professional education providers (CDR Accredited providers and those seeking prior approval) will submit all ethics related activities; e.g., self-study, webinars, live lecture/seminars, through the CDR online prior approval application process for review to ensure that information and interpretations provided in the activities are consistent with current Academy/CDR Code of Ethics

Online Dietetics Preceptor Training Program

The online Dietetics Preceptor Training program, has been reformatted to allow course participants to complete either the full eight (8) hour course or to complete any one of three course segments offering either two (2) or three (3) continuing professional education units. This formatting change was made to encourage greater participation in this course. The course can be found here:

New Online Assess and Learn Module

A new online Assess & Learn module entitled, The Role of Nutrition in Health Promotion and Prevention, is now available at In this module there are five case scenarios, each addressing one of the five levels of the social ecological model. The scenarios are interrelated to reinforce the concept that CDR credentialed practitioners can address primary prevention of overweight and obesity through many diverse approaches. The scenarios also demonstrate the interconnectedness of RDs’ work across a community and the need for RDs to be players and leaders at all levels and in all sectors of society. The content provided for any one level is not intended to be a comprehensive assessment of competencies for that level, but the knowledge, competencies and skills assessed across all five levels will give CDR credentialed practitioners a good sense of their role in the social ecological approach to nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention.

Cost: $64.99 for 7 CPEUs.

Questions? Please email

Interdisciplinary Specialist Certification in Obesity and Weight Management

The CDR interdisciplinary Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management examination will be administered year-round beginning July 15, 2019. Registered Dietitians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Exercise Physiologists, Licensed Clinical Psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers are currently eligible to take the examination. At its October 2018 meeting the Commission passed a motion to expand eligibility for this certification to include certified nurse specialists (CNSs or overall APRNs), physical therapists (PT), and pharmacists.

For more information, visit:

Advanced Practitioner in Clinical Nutrition Certification Update
  • The next examination administration will be in November 2019.

  • The examination fee is $450.

  • This certification has been promoted with e-mail notifications, DPG newsletter ads, Academy Journal ads and FNCE activities.

  • An Advanced Practitioner in Clinical Nutrition Practice Audit will be completed by the end of May 2019.

    For more information, visit:

Ethics Toolkit

The joint Academy/CDR Ethics Committee has updated the Ethics Education Facilitator’s Guide to educate CDR credentialed practitioners and Academy members on the 2018 Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession.

This Guide offers an overview of the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics along with guided discussion. It is not intended to be an in depth study of professional ethics. Although facilitators are welcome to adapt time frames to their individual schedules, the script, activities and handouts in this Guide have been designed for a two hour presentation.

The ethics resources may be downloaded and used by all nutrition and dietetics practitioners for personal use only and are not available for resale or any commercial use.

Upcoming Certificate of Training Programs

Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management

November 21-23, 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana

Registration to open in Summer 2019

For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, registration deadlines and agenda:

Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults

Upcoming programs include:
June 21-22, 2019
Long Beach, California

Registration deadline is June 5, 2019

October 3-4, 2019
Dallas, Texas

Registration to open in Summer 2019

October 24-25, 2019
Philadelphia, PA (pre-FNCE)

Registration to open in Summer 2019

For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, and registration deadlines:

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Staff Contact Information - 1/800-877-1600

Christine Reidy, RD - Executive Director, ext. 4857

Kay Manger-Hague, RD - Director - Credentialing Operations, ext. 4777

Pearlie Johnson-Freeman, MBA - Director, Credentialing Services, ext. 4849

Rebecca Beavers – Sr. Manager, Registration Eligibility Services, ext. 4781

Beth Crowley Garst, RD, Sr.  Manager, Credentialing Services , ext. 4718

Caitlin Griffin - Sr. Manager of Professional Development, ext. 4715

Jessica Rapey, RD - Sr. Manager of Professional Assessment, ext. 4816

Kim White, RD - Sr. Manager of Professional Assessment, ext. 4758

Marka Ambrose - Manager, Credentialing Services, ext. 4849

Hallee Brennan- Manager, Professional Development, ext. 1739

Elaine Butler - Manager, Examination & Licensure, ext. 4859

Kelly Kim - Manager, Professional Development, ext. 4830

Chris Kralik - Manager, Professional Development, ext. 1742

Tracy Strong - Manager, Weight Management Programs, ext 4783

Samantha Sullivan, RD - Manager, Professional Assessment, ext. 4724

Roxanne Way Carter - Manager, Credentialing Services, ext. 4749

Tiffany Welch - Manager, Registration Eligibility Services, ext. 4764