Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination

The Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) is a computer-based multiple-choice exam required by every Canadian Province, except Quebec. The exam is offered twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Due to the various provincial public health considerations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges associated with long-term planning for in-person gatherings, the May 2021  CDRE will be an online, remote-proctored exam. Candidates will take this four-hour, computer-based exam on either May 17-18, 2021, from their personal computer. 

Exam Preparation Guide

Take time to review the CDRE Preparation Guide for detailed information on the CDRE policies and procedures, as well as how to prepare for the CDRE.

Qualifying for the Exam

To qualify for the exam, you must apply to be a member of the College, meet all the requirements for membership, and receive confirmation that you are eligible to write the exam. Click here for information on applying to the College.

  • A candidate must successfully complete the examination within four years of being deemed eligible. 
  • An applicant who fails the exam on the first attempt may write it a second time. 
  • An applicant who fails on the second attempt is not eligible to continue in the examination process without further education and training and a new application to the College. 
  • A candidate may attempt the exam no more than three times.

Special Accommodations

If you have a disability, temporary disability or a special condition and wish to request a special accommodation, you must request this in writing by the examination application deadline. The request must be from a regulated health professional, who is specialized in assessing individuals with the type of disability or special condition.

A request for accommodation related to breastfeeding does not require documentation from a regulated health professional, but a written request outlining the accommodation is required.
Please refer to Appendix D ‘CDRE Candidates Requiring Accommodation’ within the CDRE Preparation Guide for the complete procedure and process on requesting an accommodation.

Exam Format

  • The CDRE is a computer-based, multiple choice exam.
  • It is written over four hours
  • The CDRE is bilingual.  Candidates will be able to view all questions in both English and French
  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, candidates will take the May 2021 CDRE, from their personal computer. Click here for more information.

Scheduling the exam

The CDRE is written twice per year, in the spring and fall. The May 2021 CDRE is offered over a period of two (2) days. Once you have been deemed eligible to write the CDRE and paid the fees, you will receive instructions about how to schedule the exam through an online scheduling system. You must schedule an appointment to write the exam on one (1) of these two (2) days.

Key Dates

Activity/Timeline Spring
Exam period - Once eligible, you will schedule your exam on one of two days May 17-18, 2021.
Deadline for the College to receive your Application Form and all required documents.*
Non-Accredited Programs Applicants: February 22, 2021.

Accredited Program Applicants: April 19, 2021.
Deadline to pay CDRE fees  April 26, 2021.

As of April 27, the fees received will be applied towards the November 2021 exam (November 21-23 2021).
Deadline to submit request for special accommodations to write the CDRE.  This includes receipt of your Application Form, registration documents, and all supporting materials as required in Appendix D "CDRE Candidates Requiring Accommodations" of the  CDRE Preparation Guide. March 19, 2021.

Please start your application process early to ensure you meet the College's deadline dates.
For any questions, please email