In order to be licensed to practice using the titles registered dietitian (RD) or nutritionist in Nova Scotia, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. A four year bachelor’s degree (dietetics) from an accredited university,
  2. A 35-40 week accredited dietetic practicum, and
  3. Pass of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE).

In Canada, the accredited university degree and practicum are based on entry to practice standards, the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is an ongoing process of assessing health care organizations against standards of excellence to identify what is being done well and what needs to be improved. Health education accreditation is a quality improvement process that supports health education programs in ensuring that graduates are ready to deliver quality care at entry to practice. In the context of dietetic education, accreditation has two primary purposes, to:

  • Assess program compliance with national standards, and
  • Encourage programs to strive for quality improvement.

Accreditation Canada, under the EQual program, accredits the dietetic education programs in Canada. Existing Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice accreditation awards will continue to be recognized by Canadian dietetic regulatory bodies as approved programs for the purposes of registration until February 15, 2024.

Existing PDEP accreditation awards will be recognized, for the purpose of program approval and registration eligibility, until February 15, 2024. Programs who have not transitioned to the new accreditation service provider beyond this date will be considered non approved and graduates from these programs will be assessed through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process. More information regarding this process can be found in policy #19 if the NSCDN Registration Policies

The NSCDN recognizes accredited programs across Canada.  Below are Nova Scotia dietetic education programs.

To apply to NSCDN, complete the online application form.  Email rThis 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.  You can expect a reply within two to three business days.  Click HERE to read registration policies.

Payment may be made online via credit card or e-transfer. Documents may be uploaded through the registration portal. Original documents in sealed envelopes may also be mailed to NSCDN.  Fees may be paid by cheque.  

Nova Scotia College of Dietitians and Nutritionists
301 - 380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 2L4


  1. Application fee: $130
  2. Application fee for those who do not meet the active practice requirement: $280
  3. Reinstatement fee for those who meet the active practice requirement: $40
  4. Full license for the 2023/24 fiscal year: $400 ($200 after September 30).* 
  5. Non-sufficient funds charge: $40

*The licensing fee will increase to $600 ($300 after September 30) for the 2024/25 fiscal year. This will take effect on April 1, 2024.