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Prior Approval & CPE Provider Accreditation




Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation Program

Accredited Providers submit an application & get approved to offer CPEUs without needing prior approval for each activity. 


Prior Approval For Continuing Professional Education through CDR

Organizations submit individual activities to CDR for CPEUs through the Prior Approval Process.




Update! CDR State Affiliate Program:
Effective June 1, 2021, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) State Affiliate Program entered the last year of its CPE Approval Affiliate program; final date May 31, 2022. On June 1, 2022, CDR assumed the review of all CPE activities.  

  • CPE activities submitted to the CDR State Affiliate prior to May 31, 2022, will be reviewed and approved by the State Affiliate.

New! 0.25 CPEU Increments: 

  • As of August 1, 2020, The Commission on Dietetic Registration is modifying the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Database and Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) Activity Log to accommodate credit units in .25 CPEU (1/4 hour) increments and will have eliminated the .5 CPEU (1/2 hour) credit counting system. When entering future activities into the CPE database, please round up or down - see sample chart below. 
    • Please note that activities are typically required to be a minimum of one 60-minute contact hour in length. Exceptions include professional reading, poster presentations and exhibits, self-study activities, which can be a minimum of 0.5 CPEUs. 
    • Examples of when to round down:
      Total Time of Activity CPEUs
      1 hour - 1 hour and 7 minutes 1 CPEU
      1 hour 16 minutes - 1 hour 22 minutes 1.25 CPEUs
      1 hour 31 minutes - 1 hour 37 minutes 1.5 CPEUs
      1 hour 46 minutes - 1 hour 52 minutes 1.75 CPEUs

    • Examples of when to round up:
      Total Time of Activity CPEUs
      1 hour 8 minutes - 1 hour and 15 minutes 1.25 CPEUs
      1 hour 23 minutes - 1 hour 30 minutes 1.5 CPEUs
      1 hour 38 minutes - 1 hour 45 minutes 1.75 CPEUs
      1 hour 53 minutes - 2 hours 2 CPEUs

New! Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education: 

  • Effective June 1, 2020, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will no longer be accepting new CDR CPE Accredited Provider applications. 
  • As of July 1, 2020, the Commission on Dietetic Registration has become an associate member of  Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education application process. 
    •  For additional information on Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education, please click here.

Update: Activity type 171: Live Webinar:

  • The Commission on Dietetic Registration allows providers to include recorded lectures as part of a live webinar/lecture, as long as it meets the following criteria:
    1. All information presented meets the core content criteria.
    2. The activity occurs at a designated time, followed by live question and answer. 
    3. The recorded activity immediately followed by a live question and answer includes the speaker/presenter(s) engaging with participants using discussion and/or chat box. 
    4. If the provider plans to offer the activity as a recording (activity type 175), the activity must first be submitted to CDR prior to the live activity as Type 171: live webinar. 
    5. Once the activity is approved and occurs, it may be resubmitted to CDR for approval and offered as activity type 175: recorded pre-approved CPEU. 


Prior Approval of a continuing professional education activity does not constitute endorsement by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

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