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RD Exam Overview

After successfully completing current eligibility requirements and being validated by CDR, individuals are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians. Eligible candidates are emailed information on scheduling their examination by CDR’s testing vendor Pearson VUE. Candidates are required to read the RD Handbook for Candidates.

The examination is administered year-round at over two hundred fifty (250) Pearson VUE test centers. For test center locations near you, visit the Pearson VUE website, and click Find A Test Center in the column on the right.  Test appointment availability varies by test center and is determined at the time of scheduling. For detailed information on examination format, policies and procedures, please review the Examination FAQ

As outlined in the Components of a Certification Testing Program (Flowchart), test specifications are updated every five years. The current Registration Examination for Dietitians Test Specifications became effective January 1, 2022.