CDR's office building is currently experiencing an electrical service interrruption. 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 practitioners scheduled to recertify May 31, 2017: If you have not yet done so, remember that your Step 3: Learning Plan for the cycle ending 2017 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 can be submitted by June 30, 2017 at the latest.

Orientation Material for the Newly Credentialed RDN* or RD*

Welcome Newly Credentialed Practitioner!

On this page you will find information relating to the maintenance of your new credential.

  1. CDR's website

    You can update your database profile (address, telephone number, e-mail), enter your learning plan, log your CPE credits, and pay your registration fees on-line by clicking here[see more]

  2. Professional Development Portfolio

CDR's recertification system, the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP), is designed to assist credentialed practitioners in planning for their professional development. You can access CDR’s Professional Development Portfolio Guide here [see more]

Going Green: In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is Going Green. This means that CDR will no longer be distributing physical copies of the Professional Development Portfolio Guide to practitioners whose recertification cycles began 6/01/2014. All the resources that you need to complete the PDP process, including the PDP Guide, are now available on our website at

Assess and Learn: An online resource to familiarize dietetics practitioners with the Nutrition Care Process.
Click here for more information. 

CPE Database
The Commission on Dietetic Registration maintains a Continuing Professional Education Database of prior approved activities by CDR for continuing professional education. This free service can help you find educational activities by:

  • topic
  • program provider
  • location
  • date

Further information can be obtained by accessing the online CPE Database.

  1. State Licensure

Several states have enacted laws which regulate the practice of dietetics. Should you plan to practice in these states it is important that you contact the state regulatory agency prior to obtaining employment or practicing dietetics. For a list of state regulatory agencies, please refer to the links below:

Laws that Regulate Dietitian/Nutritionist
State Licensure Agency List

  1. Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics

The Academy's Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics provides guidance to dietetics practitioners in their professional practice and conduct. [see more]

  1. Certificate of Training in Weight Management

  2. Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is separate and distinct from registration through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.[see more]

*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.