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Registration Eligibility General Information

What does the term registration eligible mean?

The term registration eligible is used by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to identify individuals who have met didactic and supervised practice requirements and have established eligibility to take the registration examination. CDR will verify upon request that an individual has met registration eligibility requirements and their eligibility date.

Does the Commission recognize the use of DTRE or NDTRE?

No. These terms are not a professional designations or credentials. Both employers and the public find the use of these terms confusing. Appropriate terminology to use is “registration eligible” or job title; e.g., dietetic technician. Please refrain from using DTRE, NDTRE, DTR Eligible or NDTR Eligible.

DTRE and NDTRE Misuse:

Over the years, CDR has stated in Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) publications that neither DTRE nor NDTRE are credentials and they should not be used. DTRE or NDTRE are acronyms for DTR Eligible, NDTR Eligible, Dietetic Technician, Registered Eligible or Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered Eligible. Students completing their academic/supervised practice program must sign a DTRE and NDTRE Misuse Form acknowledging their understanding and compliance regarding DTRE and NDTRE misuse policies. This form is submitted by their program director to CDR with the online Registration Eligibility Application. Each student is provided with a copy of the misuse document to retain in their file. Anyone can file a complaint with CDR regarding an individual using:
  • DTRE or NDTRE
  • DTR Eligible or NDTR Eligible
  • Dietetic Technician, Registered Eligible or Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered Eligible
  • DTR or NDTR if they are not registered as an DTR or NDTR with CDR
  • “dtr” or “ndtr” in an email address prior to passing the registration examination for dietetic technicians