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  • How do I become a dietitian?

    To study dietetics and become a Registered Dietitian, you must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or an international student. You must reside in Canada. There are four steps to becoming a Registered Dietitian:

    1. You must graduate from an undergraduate program that has been accredited by the Partnership for Dietetics Education and Practice.
    2. You must complete an accredited internship or Master’s practicum, unless your internship is integrated with your undergraduate program.
    3. You must pass the National Exam, also known as the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) (except in the Province of Québec).
    4. You must apply for registration with the regulatory body (College of Dietetics) in the province in which you want to work.
  • How do I get an internship?

    There are three different ways you can get an internship. Each way has specific eligibility requirements:

    1. Your internship is fully or partially integrated with your accredited undergraduate program.
    2. You apply for the Dietitians of Canada Internship Match Process.
    3. You apply for a Combined Masters Practicum Program.

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    If you have questions about independent internships, check with the provincial dietetic regulatory body (College of Dietitians) in your province for more information.

  • What is the difference between an Internship and a Masters Practicum?

    The Internship and the Combined Masters Practicum both provide practical experience in dietetics.

    The Combined Masters Practicum results in a Masters Degree or Diploma, and it offers opportunities to complete the required practical experience.

    The Internship is one year in duration and provides practical experience in dietetics. It can be fully integrated with the undergraduate degree, partially integrated, or not integrated.

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  • I have Canadian or international education but it’s not related to nutrition. How do I become a Registered Dietitian?

    To study dietetics and become a Registered Dietitian (RD), you must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or an international student. You must reside in Canada.

    To become an RD in Canada, there is an academic and a practical training requirement. See “How do I become a Dietitian?” above.

    Your best option is to apply as a transfer student to an undergraduate program that has been accredited by the Partnership for Dietetics Education and Practice (PDEP) or Dietitians of Canada. Practical training opportunities/ programs require that you have completed such an accredited program.

    When you have completed the accredited degree and practical training programs, you must register with the dietetic regulatory body or College in the province in which you wish to work. You must also pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) (except Quebec).

  • I have Canadian or international education and it’s related to nutrition. How do I become a Registered Dietitian?

    To study dietetics and become a Registered Dietitian (RD), you must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or an international student. You must reside in Canada.

    To become an RD in Canada, there is an academic and a practical training requirement. See “How do I become a Dietitian?” above.

    You may be eligible to apply to a Masters program that includes an accredited practicum program). You must contact each university program separately to discuss admission requirements. 

    When you have completed the accredited degree and practical training programs, you must register with the dietetic regulatory body or College in the province in which you wish to work. You must also pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) (except Quebec).

  • I am a practicing dietitian in my country. How do I become a Registered Dietitian in Canada?

    You must apply to the dietetics regulatory body (College of Dietitians) in the province in which you would like to work in order to have your previous credentials evaluated for Canadian equivalency. The College will provide an assessment that describes what, if any, academic or practical upgrading you will be required to complete to be eligible to practice as a Registered Dietitian in Canada.

    You must pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) (except Quebec).

    You must apply for registration with the dietetic regulatory body (College of Dietitians) in the province in which you wish to practice.

  • What do you mean by accredited?

    By accredited, we mean an undergraduate program  or an internship/practicum program  that has been reviewed by Dietitians of Canada or the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice, and which meets the national standards for dietetic education programs for both curriculum and experiential learning.

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