RD Examination—Eligibility Requirements
Option 1—Dietetic Internship
Option 2—Coordinated Program
Option 3—Graduate Program
Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP)
Option 4—DPD ISPP
Option 5—Doctorate ISPP
Individuals with Foreign Degrees
Option 6—Registration Eligibility Reciprocity
Registration eligibility reciprocity is extended to individuals who completed all certification requirements (academic, didactic, experiential, and examination) in the country with whom CDR has an agreement. CDR currently has reciprocity agreements with the following foreign regulatory boards.
If you have completed certification requirements with one of the above credentialing bodies, please follow the instructions on the International Registration Eligibility Application.
Option 7—Canadian Registered Dietitian
Canadian applicants who are graduates of a Partnership in Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) accredited program, and who are licensed as a Canadian RD (or equivalent provincial designation) may apply for registration eligibility with CDR. This pathway is in effect January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023. Click here to learn how to apply.
Option 8—International Dietetics Programs
Foreign Dietitian Education Programs (FDE)
All FDE programs are located in a country outside of the U.S. These programs provide nutrition and dietetics coursework and supervised practice experiences in the country in which the program is located, to meet ACEND's core knowledge and competency requirements to become a nutrition and dietetics practitioner in that country. A verification statement is issued to individuals who successfully complete the program as evidence of eligibility to apply for a U.S.-based ACEND accredited dietetic internship. An individual must apply, be accepted to and complete a dietetic internship or other ACEND accredited supervised practice program in the U.S. in order to meet eligibility requirements to take CDR’s entry-level registration examination for dietitian nutritionists.
International Dietitian Education Programs (IDE)
All IDE programs are located in a country outside of the US and provide the required nutrition and dietetics coursework and at least 100 hours of supervised practice experiences to meet ACEND®'s core knowledge and competency requirements to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. A verification statement is issued to individuals who successfully complete the program in order to be eligible to take the CDR credentialing examination.
To access the list of ACEND accredited International Dietetics Programs, please click here.
*Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement will be a graduate degree granted by a USDE recognized institution (or foreign equivalent). More information can be found here.