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 CDR recognize the use of RDE or RDNE?

No. These terms are not 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., dietitian. Please refrain from using RDE, RDNE, RD Eligible or RDN Eligible.

RDE and RDNE Misuse:

Over the years, CDR has stated in Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) publications that neither RDE nor RDNE are credentials and they should not be used. RDE is an acronym for RD Eligible or Registered Dietitian Eligible and RDNE is an acronym for RDN Eligible or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Eligible. Students completing their supervised practice program must sign a RDE and RDNE Misuse Form acknowledging their understanding and compliance regarding RDE and RDNE 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:
  • RDE or RDNE
  • RD Eligible or RDN Eligible
  • Registered Dietitian Eligible or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Eligible
  • RD or RDN if they are not registered as an RD or RDN with CDR
  • “rd” or “rdn” in an email address prior to passing the registration examination for dietitians