Have you been trained to be a dietitian in your country?

Do you want to be a dietitian in Nova Scotia?

Click HERE to see the Pathway to Licensure. This shows the way to become licensed as a dietitian in Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Dietetic Practice Orientation and Assessment Tool helps internationally educated dietitians to learn about dietetic practice in Canada. It is recommended that internationally educated dietitians do this self-assessment to compare their knowledge and skills to the Canadian dietetic practice standards. 

  • If you are moving to Nova Scotia, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia is a community organization that welcomes immigrants to Nova Scotia, and offers services to help immigrants build a future in Canada.  Click here for more information about immigration to Canada. Click here for information about programs and supports.
  • The application process is below.  Email the registration coordinator at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.  You can expect an email reply within two to three business days.   

Step 1

Apply to the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO)  HERE and follow steps 1, 2 and 3 at this link.  

Step 2

Apply to NSDA after passing the PBA.  To become licensed in Nova Scotia, the CDO's Jurisprudence Knowledge and Assessment Tool (JKAT) is not required. 

To apply to NSDA, submit an application for temporary membership. Once you become a temporary member with NSDA, you can work as a dietitian in Nova Scotia (with applicable work permit).

Step 3

After successfully completing the PBA and becoming a temporary member, you will be eligible to write the Canadian Dietetics Registration Exam (CDRE).  The CDRE is written two times each year (May and November).  Click HERE for more information about the CDRE. 

How long is the assessment process?

The length of time depends upon when a complete application is received.  For example, if you submit a complete application and meet eligibility criteria* by mid-December, you can take the KCAT in February.  If successful on the KCAT, you can take the PBA in July.  If successful taking the PBA, you can take the CDRE in November.  

*Eligibility criteria to take the KCAT: 
- Completion of a degree and practicum reasonably related to a Canadian accredited dietetics degree and practicum
- English language proficiency

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or to schedule an in-person or telephone appointment.  She will respond to your email within two to three business days.  Should your application be denied, you may appeal the Registration Committee’s decision within 30 days of written notice. 

Click HERE to read the NSDA Registration Policies.