Regulatory Responsibility: The majority of states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietitians. In some states they use the term license and in others they use certification. See: http://www.cdrnet.org/vault/2459/web/files/Licensurelawsregulations.pdf » for specific state information.
The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The purpose of the Commission is to serve the public by establishing and enforcing standards for certification and by issuing credentials to individuals who meet these standards.
CDR offers certification as dietetic technicians, registered (DTR), registered dietitians (RD), board certified specialists in pediatric nutrition (CSP), board certified specialists in renal nutrition (CSR), board certified specialists in gerontological nutrition (CSG) and board certified specialists in sports dietetics (CSSD).
Accreditation: The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is the accrediting agency for educational programs train individuals to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) or a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).
Exam: Individuals completing academic and supervised practice requirements must successfully complete a national exam. The Registration Examination for Dietitians is designed to evaluate a dietitian's ability to perform at entry-level. Steps to Licensure:
- Complete an accredited program
- Take and pass national Registration Exam for Dietitians
- Apply for state licensure