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Internationally educated applicants

All applicants to the College must meet the same registration requirements to practice as a dietitian in Ontario. The requirements include demonstrating that you meet the Canadian standards for academic and practical training in dietetics.

If you are an internationally educated applicant, t
he College strongly recommends that you review the Canadian Dietetic Practice Orientation and Self-Assessment Tool. It will give you a general overview of dietetic practice in Canada and will help you assess your knowledge and skills against the standards required to practice dietetics in Canada. 
 
You must have an assessment of your knowledge and skills unless you:
  • Completed academic and practical training programs accredited by the Canadian Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP)
  • Completed academic and practical training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Are currently in good standing as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) in Australia
The College offers two options for education and practical training assessment. You may choose either Option 1: A competency assessment; or Option 2: A credential assessment.

Option 1 - Competency Assessment 

This option directly assesses your current knowledge and skills against the national competency standards. It allows the College to recognize informal learning (for example, work experience) in addition to formal education and training.

The first step of the Competency Assessment requires applicants to complete the Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool (KCAT) to assess your foundational knowledge and competency. The next administration of the KCAT will be in May 2018 Click here for instructions on how to apply for the KCAT.

Based on the results of the KCAT, an applicant will either:
  • move to the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA), or
  • be required to complete further education and/or practical training (may be achieved through a bridging program and/or an academic institution subject to their own availability and admission criteria);
The second component of the assessment is the Practice Based Assessment (PBA). A practical assessment that will include oral and written components to assess competency compared to standards for dietetic practice in Canada. Based on the result of the PBA, an applicant may:
  • be required to complete additional education and/or practical training (and may be eligible for a provisional certificate of registration while completing the additional education or training), or
  • be deemed eligible to write the national registration examination (and may be eligible for a temporary certificate of registration while waiting to write the exam and receive the results).
The Competency Assessment is the recommended option for assessing readiness to practice dietetics in Ontario. 
 
Advantages of Option 1 Disadvantages of Option 1
1. Measures your knowledge and skills directly
  • Recognizes knowledge and skills that you gained outside of school (e.g. work experience).
1. Currently runs once per year.                           


 
2. Does not use course descriptions. 
  • Reduces the delay and cost related to accessing and translating documents
  • Your assessment is not affected by short or inadequate descriptions.
  • Your assessment is not affected by poor translations.  
2. The KCAT and PBA must be completed in Canada. 




 
 3. Assessment process is divided in two sessions so that applicants do not pay fees for unnecessary assessments.
  • Only applicants who are successful on the KCAT are required to take the PBA. 
 
4. Can be taken more than once  

 


Option 2 - Credential Assessment

In this assessment, the College will compare the content of your formal education and practical training to the Canadian national standards for dietetic education and practical training. Based on the results of this assessment, an applicant may: 
  • be required to complete additional education and/or training (may be achieved through a bridging program and/or an academic institution, subject to their own availability and admission criteria), or
  • be deemed eligible to write the national registration examination (and may be eligible for a temporary certificate of registration while waiting to write the exam and receive the results).
Click here for instructions for applying for the credential assessment
 
The credential assessment considers only your formal education (e.g. your university degree(s) and formal practical training).  If you have gained additional knowledge and skills through work experience or continuing education, you should strongly consider the competency assessment route as this will not be taken into account by a credential assessment.
 
Advantages of Option 2   Disadvantages of Option 2
1. Occurs more than once per year

 
1. Only considers the content of your degree. Does not consider knowledge and skills that you have gained outside of school (e.g. through work experience)
2. Can be completed outside of Canada                                                                                                                                                                                                              



                                                                                                                                                  
2. Difficulty in accessing course descriptions can result in:
  • Delays in completing the assessment.
  • Increased costs  (for travel or other communications to access the required documents)
  • Inaccurate assessment of your education due to incomplete information
  3. Applicants must pay to translate documents – this can be very costly.  
  4. Poor translations can lead to inaccurate assessment of the content of your courses.   

For further assistance contact: Heena Vyas - Registration Coordinator at heena.vyas@collegeofdietitians.org

Important Note: The College does not accommodate walk-in appointments.