Self-Directed Learning Tool 

The purpose of the Self-Directed Learning (SDL) Tool is to support Registered Dietitians' (RDs') reflection on the nature of their practice and their professional competence, and to require them to develop plans for professional improvement. 

Members use the SDL Tool to: 

  • Identify areas of strength; 
  • Identify areas that need improvement; 
  • Evaluate learning plans from the previous year to determine whether specific areas of competence have been met; and 
  • Develop learning plans to enhance specific areas of competence. 

Who Needs to Complete an SDL tool?

All general members are required to complete and submit their SDL Tool annually. Anyone holding a general membership at the time of the renewal notification will be required to submit their SDL Tool by October 31. Any member who has signed a Voluntary Undertaking is not required to complete an SDL Tool.

What if I become a General Member after the renewal period?

If an individual becomes a general member after the renewal notices are mailed out, they are not required to complete the SDL Tool until the following year.

May I request an exemption from completing the SDL tool?

A member may request an exemption from completing an SDL Tool for one or more years for exceptional circumstances such as a long-term disability or illness that prevents them from working.  The request must be in writing (by email, fax or letter) and the College must receive it at least one week prior to the October 31 deadline.

Am I required to complete my SDL Tool if I am on maternity or parental leave?

Yes - maternity or parental leave is not a reason for exemption for SDL Tool completion. Extension of deadline to submit the SDL Tool will be considered. Extension requests must be received in writing (email, letter, fax) prior to the deadline.

Deadline for submission 

All General members are required to submit their SDL Tool by October 31 each year. Notification of the submission process for the SDL Tool is emailed to all members in August. 

What if I miss the deadline for submission?

An administration fee of $70.00 is charged to any member who fails to submit their SDL Tool before midnight on October 31.

Requests for extension in submission of the SDL Tool 

You may submit a written request (email, fax, or letter) for an extension in submitting your SDL Tool to the Quality Assurance Coordinator. You must do this one week prior to the October 31 deadline. In extenuating circumstances, request received later will be considered. Requests considered by the Quality Assurance Committee for extenuating circumstances include: maternity/parental leave, personal hardship, current hospitalization, illness or bereavement, or sabbatical.  

How to submit your SDL Tool 

The SDL tool must be submitted online. To access the web-based SDL Tool, log into your Member Home Page by using your Registration ID and Password and click on “Access to Current Year SDL Tool”.

Retention of the SDL Tool

Every member must retain a copy of their completed SDL Tool for a period of five years. For more information about the records members are expected to keep for the Quality Assurance Program, see Policy Guidelines for the Retention of Documentation Related to the Quality Assurance Program. 

Contact Information for Quality Assurance Staff:

Bev Nopra, Quality Assurance Coordinator
416-598-1725 or 1-800-668-4990 X 234
Barbara McIntyre, Quality Assurance Manager
416-598-1725 or 1-800-668-4990 X 233