Candidate License

A candidate dietitian has met all registration requirements with the exception of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE), and may practice as a dietitian using the title registered dietitian (candidate) or RD(c). Candidate dietitians write the CDRE at the next available sitting. The application for candidate licensure is also the application to write the CDRE. There is not a separate CDRE application form.  

A registered dietitian candidate is permitted to practice dietetics under the mentorship of a dietitian. Before beginning practice, candidate dietitians must provide NSCDN with proof of professional liablity insurance and a completed Registered Dietitian Candidate Mentor Agreement Form.

Four Step Application Process

Step 1 - Application 

Complete the Online Application FormIf you wish to take the November 2024 exam, submit your application for candidate licensure to NSCDN by September 26. You can submit your application for candidate licensure before you complete your practicum. Documents that accompany your application (e.g., transcripts, confirmation of practicum completion, verified ID, criminal record check with vulnerable sector check) can be submitted afterwards (no later than October 14).

Application Checklist  

Step 2 - Supporting Documentation

Arrange to have supporting documentation sent to NSCDN directly from the university/program.  Email is acceptable.
(a) University transcript -  If your transcript does not state that you have met degree requirements, contact the registrar's office to provide NSCDN with confirmation that degree requirements have been met. 
(b) Practicum completion letter.

Step 3 - Payment of Fees

This fee is non-refundable. 

Applicants writing the November 2024 exam: $330 = $130 application fee + $200 registration fee 

Once your full application has been received, allow for up to five business days for processing. Should your application to NSCDN be denied, you may appeal the Registration Committee’s decision within 30 days of written notice. 

Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or to schedule a virtual or telephone appointment. You can expect a reply within three business days. 

Step 4 - Schedule Appointment to take the CDRE

Once registered as a candidate dietitian, you will receive information from NSCDN about how to pay the fee and schedule an appointment to write the CDRE. The CDRE fee is $600 to take the November 2024 exam. If you wish to request an accommodation for the CDRE, including writing in-person, requests must be received by Septmeber 11, 2024. 

Click here for more information about the CDRE. 

Click here to read registration policies.

In the case of failure of the CDRE, the candidate license expires immediately upon notification of exam results. According to NSCDN bylaws, a candidate who has failed the exam may request renewal of their candidate license. A candidate license may be reinstated once. A candidate shall have three opportunities in three years following practicum completion to challenge the qualifying exam. If the first two attempts result in failures, proof of upgrading will be required to become eligible to challenge the exam for the third and final time.