NDTR Credential: Frequently Asked Questions-DTR
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Board of Directors has approved the optional use of the credential “nutrition and dietetics technician, registered ” (NDTR) by dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs).
Why is the Academy offering the optional Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered credential?
The Board supports this new credentialing option, to build upon the existing DTR Pathway III and differentiate between degree levels to obtain the credential Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (PhD, MS, BS or AS-NDTR). This credentialing model follows the nursing model (the RN examination is open to AS, BS, and MS prepared individuals). Individuals who have earned the DTR credential could choose to retain this credential or adopt the NDTR; those with the four year degree likewise could choose BS-DTR or BS-NDTR. The NDTR provides several advantages, including:
- Maintaining the integrity of current professional designations (RDN, RD, NDTR, DTR)
- Providing a timely opportunity for eligible DPD graduates to become certified and to remain connected to the Academy
- Allowing the Academy to collect and analyze data on the utilization and practice implications of the enhanced DTR Pathway III, and making evidence-based decisions on what, if any, changes are needed.
This provides additional rationale for the incorporation of the word “nutrition” into the DTR credential resulting in the optional NDTR credential.
I am not currently a DTR, how do I find more information about obtaining the NDTR credential?
Please visit the CDR website at www.cdrnet.org/certifications/registration-eligibility-requirements fordietetic-technicians or contact CDR at 1-800-877-1600 ext. 4764 or ext. 4781
Must DTRs use the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) credential?
No. The NDTR credential is offered as an option to DTRs who want to emphasize the nutrition aspect of their credential to the public and to other health practitioners.
Does the optional NDTR have a different meaning than the DTR credential?
No. The DTR and NDTR credential have identical meanings and legal trademark definitions.
When can DTRs begin to use the NDTR credential?
DTRs can start using the NDTR credential effective immediately.
How should DTRs use the new credential for signatures and materials such as business cards?
Refer to the credential placement guidelines available at the following link https://www.cdrnet.org/vault/2459/web/files/NDTRFAQ.pdf.
Will CDR registration ID cards include both the DTR and NDTR credentials?
Yes. Effective September 1, 2014 all registration ID cards for newly credentialed NDTRs will reflect both the DTR and NDTR credentials. The 2015-2016 registration renewal identification card will reflect both the DTR and NDTR credentials.
Will there be an additional cost?
No. There is no additional cost for using the NDTR credential.
Will DTRs be required to meet separate recertification requirements if they choose to use the optional NDTR credential?
No. The current DTR recertification requirements apply to the NDTR credentials.
How does the new optional NDTR credential fit into the Academy’s ongoing branding and marketing efforts?
The Academy is modifying its existing branding marketing efforts to strengthen and differentiate the DTR and NDTR