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Commission on Dietetic Registration - Request for Participation: Validation Study

Friday, March 21, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Lederhaus
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Hello from the Commission on Dietetic Registration!

For the last two years, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has been working with Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Dietetic Technicians Registered (DTRs) from across the United States to develop essential practice competencies for dietetic practitioners. Competencies define the essential knowledge, skill, judgment and attitude requirements across practice and within focus areas that are required to provide competent, ethical and safe care. Competencies provide a structured guide to help identify, evaluate and develop the behaviors a person needs for competent, professional practice. CDR will transition from PDP Learning Need Codes to practice competencies, and it is anticipated that the competencies will be implemented in the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) beginning with practitioners whose recertification cycles expire May 31, 2021 and after.

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is seeking RDNs and DTRs to take part in a national survey aimed at validating the Essential Practice Competencies for CDR Credentialed Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners.

Have a voice in defining the profession's practice competencies! Participation in this national survey by CDR’s registrants will help to assure that the competencies accurately describe the knowledge, skill and judgment of practicing RDNs and DTRs. Collated data may also be used by CDR in publishing valuable research information to the public and to the nutrition and dietetics community.

Eligible participants will earn three (3) Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs), and all participants will be granted free access to a CDR Weight Management Self-Study E-Module (Adult or Childhood and Adolescent). In addition, participants will have their names entered into a drawing to win a $500 Apple Store gift card! Please be sure to include your full name and registration number when completing the survey to receive a continuing education certificate and have your name entered into the drawing.

How You Can Participate in the National Validation Study

Click on the link below to complete the survey by Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The survey will ask you to review the competencies and to rank the frequency with which you perform them. You will be able to provide comments and suggest changes. It will take you approximately 2-3 hours to complete the survey. Please note that you will not be required to complete this survey in a single sitting. You will be able to exit the survey and return to complete it at a later time.

Thank you very much for your participation in this very important initiative. CDR anticipates that the final version of the competencies will be published on the CDR website ( in the fall of 2014.

Nancy H. Wooldridge, MS, RDN, LD
Chair, Commission on Dietetic Registration

Barbara L. Grant, MS, RDN, CSO
Chair, CDR Competency Assurance Panel