Australian APD

This information is intended for individuals who are registered as an Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD) in Australia.

If you are registered as Dietitian in Australia but do not hold an APD status, you must follow the instructions for Internationally-Educated Dietitians.

Mutual Recognition

If you are an Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD) registered with the Dietitians Association of Australia, you are deemed to meet the academic and practical training requirement for registration with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, provided that:

  1. At the time that you apply, you are still registered as an APD Dietitian and a member in good standing with Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).
  2. Your registration in the Australia is not in a restricted category, such as student, graduate, qualifying, honorary, retired, inactive, associate, or special.

Getting Started

Before you begin your application with the College there are two important steps you must take:
  1. Add the College’s domain ( to your email service’s safe senders list (also called white list).  The College sends many important communications by email (some of them automated).  If your email provider blocks the automated emails or sends them to your junk folder,  you may not receive important information about your application.
  2. Review the information on this page about the registration requirements and required documents to ensure that your application is complete and you have arranged for all documents to be sent to the College.

The following is a list of the documents that are required with your application form. Some documents, must be sent directly to the College by a third party (for example the Dietitians Association of Australia). Make sure you plan for these documents to prevent any delays at the end of the application process.

Important Note:

Registration Program staff is available to answer questions about the application process and required documents, however registration decisions are made by the Registrar and/or the Registration Committee. Registration Program staff cannot tell you whether or not you meet the requirements or predict whether you will be eligible for registration with the College.


Application Form

Complete and sign the Application Form and send it to the College by mail.

Please note the following important information about submitting your application form:

  • The application form must be sent by mail. Faxed or emailed applications are not accepted;
  • The application form must include your original signature. No electronic signatures or photocopied forms will be accepted;
  • Review your form to make sure you have completed and signed all sections of the form. If any section of your application form is incomplete, you will be required to submit a new form.
  • All applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
    • If you choose to deliver your application to the College in person, reception staff will date-stamp your application and it will be placed in the queue with all other applications.  
  • Staff will not open and review hand-delivered applications

Australian APD Supplemental Form

The Australian APD Supplemental Form provides information required by the College under the terms of the agreement with the Dietitians Association of Australia.   By signing this form, you are also providing consent for the DAA to share information about your registration and your dietetics education and training with the College. 

Under the terms of the agreement with the DAA, there are a number of resources that you are required to read.  Those resources are listed on the Australian APD Attestation form for Reading Resources. You must complete and sign this form once you have reviewed all of the required resources.


Official Transcripts

The College will request DAA to provide copies of all transcripts they have on file. If the DAA does not have a transcript for each post-secondary institution you have attended, you must arrange for the official transcript (s) to be sent directly to the College by the education institution.
This includes transcripts related to:

  • Your dietetics degree
  • Any other degrees you have completed
  • Any other post-secondary institution where you have completed other courses (for example transfer credits or upgrading courses)
Important Information about transcripts
  • You can submit official transcripts that have been provided to you by your university if the transcripts are provided unopened with a university seal on the envelope.
  • If the transcript related to a degree does not state that the degree was conferred or awarded, you must arrange for the University to provide an official letter confirming that all degree requirements have been met. This letter must also be sent directly to the College from the University. 

Name Change Information

If your official transcripts are under a different name than the one you are currently using, you must enclose proof of your change in name with this application (e.g. document showing your old name (i.e. marriage certificate) and a government issued ID showing your current name (i.e. driver’s license, passport).


Name Change Information

If your official transcripts are under a different name than the one you are currently using, you must enclose proof of your change in name with this application (e.g. document showing your old name (i.e. marriage certificate) and a government issued ID showing your current name (i.e. driver’s license, passport).


Proof of Authorization to Work in Canada

If you are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, you must provide a copy of your work permit or study permit which permits you to practise dietetics in Canada.  

Don’t have a work permit yet?

Authorization to work in Canada is one of the requirements for registration with the College.  If you have met all of the other registration requirements, the College may consider issuing a certificate of registration which would permit you to use the title of dietitian, but which would restrict you from working until you provide proof of your authorization to work in Canada.   In order to consider this option, you must submit proof that you have applied for a work permit, study permit, or visa.  

Once the College has received all of the required documents, your application will be assessed to determine whether you meet the requirements for registration.  See Registration Requirements for detailed information about each of the requirements. 

The College will begin processing your application when it receives your completed application form and all required fees.

When your application is opened, you will receive a confirmation email which will include your CDO ID and a temporary password. Use this ID and password to access the CDO dashboard where you can monitor the progress of your application, including the status of your application and a list of which documents have been received and which documents are still outstanding in order to complete your application. The College updates the information about received documents and application status daily.

Completing the registration process can take from 5 to 10 business days from the time that the College receives all of the required documents, but this is a guideline only. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the timely delivery of all documentation and other information requested by the College.

Answering “yes” to certain questions on the declaration means the College may require additional information to support your application. This information will be reviewed by the College’s Registrar and, in some cases will be referred to the Registration Committee, which will extend the time it takes to process your application.  

Factors that may delay the processing of your application include:

  • Failing to complete and sign all sections of the application form;
  • Delays in receiving required documents from DAA;
  • Failing to provide transcripts for post-secondary education which not on file with DAA;
  • Information about your conduct or health that may require further review and follow-up;
  • Failing to produce other documents requested by the College;

The CDRE is a non-exemptible requirement. This means that you must pass the CDRE in order to become eligible for registration. To be eligible to write the CDRE, you must be assessed by a provincial regulatory body to have met the education and practical training requirements. Click here for more information about the CDRE.  

Only members of the College can practise as a dietitian in Ontario using the titles “dietitian,” “Registered dietitian (RD),” “Dietetiste (Dt.P),” or “Dietetiste Professional (Dt.P).”

It is illegal for anyone to use any of these titles in Ontario without a valid certificate of registration issued by the College.

Your status as an RD informs the public that all individuals who identify themselves as dietitians have the knowledge, skill and judgment required to provide safe and ethical dietetics care.

If you wish to begin practicing dietetics while you wait for the result of the CDRE, you have the option of applying for a Temporary Certificate of Registration.  See Temporary Class for more information.