CDR and Registration Process
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The Commission on Dietetic Registration

Registration Examinations for Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians FAQs

What is CDR?

The Commission is a separate credentialing agency within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It serves the public by establishing and enforcing standards for certification, re-certification, the Code of Ethics, and by issuing credentials to individuals who meet these standards. 

The Academy owns the credentials and allows the Commission to have independent authority regarding certification, establishment of certification fees and administering credentialing programs. 


Eligibility Application Process

Students must complete all academic and supervised practice requirements as determined by their program director.

Your program director will provide you with the necessary forms to be completed and returned,  and will initiate your eligibility application with CDR.

Exam Preparation

Once your application is approved, you become a candidate to sit for the exam.
IMPORTANT: review testing guidelines before scheduling an appointment for your exam


Maintaining Your Credential

All RDs and DTRs must complete continuing education to maintain their credential within a 5-year cycle (1 credit must be in ethics). 

-RDs need 75 credits

-DTRs need 50 credits 

Professional Development Portfolio (PDP)

Practitioners must submit a Learning Plan and Activity Log. The Learning Plan must be submitted online no later than 120 days after the completion of a practitioner’s first CPE activity.