COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that CDR staff members are working remotely until September 8th. Most services for CDR’s credentialed practitioners remain uninterrupted. CDR staff members are available by telephone at 800/877-1600, ext. 5500, by email at or by live chat from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm CST. If you recently mailed physical items of timely importance, please contact CDR. For a staff list click here

Please refer to our COVID- 19 Update page for information on Pearson VUE and PSI exam center closures and other impacted services.  CDR will continue to monitor the situation and update this page as necessary.

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Type of Program

The Certificate of Training in Childhood & Adolescent Weight Management program is a training program, not a certification program.  Upon completion of the program, a participant is not awarded a designation or credential. Please note individuals who complete the certificate of training are not certified. The term certification should only be used when referencing the completion of a certification examination such as the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Definitions of a certificate program and a certification program are:

Certificate Program:
A certificate program is an intensive training program with a component that assesses the participant. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate attesting to the attainment of a new knowledge/skill set (e.g., Academy/CDR Certificate Program in Childhood & Adolescent Weight Management). Unlike a certification program, participants do not receive a professional designation. Individuals completing a Certificate program receive CPEUs for training and assessment time regardless of whether they pass the post-course assessment and receive the certificate.

Certification Program:
A process, often voluntary, by which individuals who have demonstrated the level of knowledge and skill required in the profession, occupation, role, or skill are identified to the public and other stakeholders.

What is a certification versus a certificate program? Click here for the Definition of Terms.