Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) - Frequently Asked Questions
1. What documents must program directors of Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited programs upload in REPS along with their registration eligibility submissions?
- Official/Primary Source Transcript
- ACEND Verification Statement(s)
2. What types of transcripts are accepted?
Program directors must upload an official/primary source transcript which includes the date the degree was awarded/conferred/granted and reflects the highest degree earned from a US regionally accredited college or university1. An official transcript is one which comes directly from the degree granting institution to the ACEND accredited program director and is not marked as unofficial. CDR is required by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) to be the primary source of degree verification for all candidates applying for eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians or Dietetic Technicians.
Alternatively, program directors may include a letter on university letterhead bearing the original signature of the Registrar or Dean of the College/University verifying completion of all degree requirements, including thesis, if applicable, payment of all administrative fees and the date the degree was conferred. A letter from any other individual is not acceptable.
Sample Letter/Email from Registrar:
College/University Official Letterhead
(Please use the date of graduation or a date after graduation)
Commission on Dietetic Registration:
Per the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Registration eligibility processing requirements, I, Dean of the College of
His/her _________ degree was conferred on _______ (must be past date)
Title: Dean of the College/University of _______________
- If the graduate's degree is from outside the US, the program director must include a Foreign Degree Equivalency statement confirming the graduate's degree is equivalent to as least a bachelor's degree from a US regionally accredited college or university.
- Transcripts accessed by a program director through an institution's secure, electronic system may be used provided they are not marked as unofficial.
- Official Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) transcripts may be used as long as these transcripts reflect the date the degree was awarded/conferred/granted and are not marked as unofficial.
- If a graduate has more than one degree, only the transcript reflecting the highest degree earned must be uploaded to REPS.
3. Why are transcripts required with REPS submissions?
Transcripts verify to CDR that graduates have completed all degree requirements.
4. What types of Verification Statements are accepted?
Program directors must upload all official, signed ACEND Verification Statements pertinent to their program type.
- The program completion date on DT, DPD and CP Verification Statements cannot pre-date the degree awarded/conferred/granted date listed on the official transcript.
- The date the Verification Statement is signed by the ACEND accredited program director must be on or following the program completion date.
- DICAS Verification Statements are not accepted. The DICAS version of this document is not official as the information does not come from a secure source.
5. Why are Verification Statements required with REPS submissions?
Verification Statements verify to CDR that graduates have completed ACEND accredited program requirements (didactic and supervised practice).
6. When should a graduate be entered into REPS?
Graduates can only be submitted to CDR for final approval once ALL exam eligibility requirements have been met (degree2, didactic, and supervised practice), on or after the program completion date. REPS allows for a future date to be entered as the class completion date so that program directors can initiate the Add Quick Candidate process two weeks before program completion to allow their graduates time to complete their demographic information.
1 Master's degree transcript is required for combined master's Dietetic Internships and Coordinated programs.
2As of January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement for RD exam eligibility will be a graduate degree. Candidates will not be accepted for registration eligibility after December 31, 2021, with a bachelor’s degree transcript. Please refer to the CDR website Graduate Degree page for more information: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.