Educated in Canada - Non-Accredited Programs

This information is intended for individuals who have completed dietetics education and who completed either a degree or an internship/practicum which was not accredited. If you have completed a degree other than nutrition and dietetics, click here for information on how to become a dietitian.

Getting Started

The College sends all communications by email, many of which are automated. 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.
  2. Make sure your email provider doesn't block any automated College emails or send them to your junk/spam/promotions folder versus your inbox.
Review the information below 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 College operates a primarily paperless organization. Please send all documents electronically to​.

For any questions, please email​

Response Timelines: Registration staff will respond to your inquiry (received by email or phone) within five (5) business days. We appreciate your patience.

Registration Program staff are 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

  • The Application Form must be sent by email (PDF format preferred) to:;
  • Review your application form to make sure you have completed, signed, and dated 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.

Official Transcripts

You must arrange for official transcripts to be sent electronically to the College for each post-secondary degree that you have completed.

This includes transcripts related to:

  • Your nutrition degree; and
  • Any other degrees you have completed.

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.

All transcripts and letters must be sent directly from the University to the College at:​.

Course Descriptions

If your nutrition degree was not accredited, you must arrange for official course descriptions to be sent electronically from the university to the College. The content in the course descriptions will be compared the national standards for academic competencies

The course descriptions must be for the year in which each course was completed. If course descriptions for the exact year are not available, the College will accept available descriptions provided that:

  • The university clearly indicates whether the content of the course has changed since you completed it.
  • If the content has changed, the university must provide details about these changes.
  • Please request University to send the course descriptions directly to​.

Practical Training Information

Your application must include information about your practical training.

If you completed an accredited practical training program, you must arrange for an official letter to be sent electronically from the institution to the College which confirms that you have successfully completed an accredited internship or practicum program in Canada. Please request program completion letters to be sent directly to​.

For applicants who completed non-accredited practical training, you must submit one of the following:

  • A detailed description sent electronically by the institution to the College, about the nature of the practical training program, including the learning objectives, the length and format of the training, or
  • An independent practicum submission detailing how the practicum that you organized has met the national standards for dietetics education in Canada.

For reference, you may wish to review the evaluation forms which will be used by the Registration Committee to assess a formal practical training program, or an independent practicum.


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). You may email proof of name change documentation (PDF format preferred) to:​.


Proof of Authorization to Work in Canada

Authorization to work in Canada is one of the College's non-exemptible requirements. You must provide proof of authorization to work in Canada which permits you to practise dietetics in Canada. (PDF format preferred) You may email proof of authorization to work in Canada to:​.

You are a Canadian Citizen

Provide proof by submitting a copy of one of the following documents:

  • Canadian Birth Certificate;
  • Canadian Passport;
  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate or Card; or
  • Indian Status and Indentification Card.
You are a Permanent Resident of Canada

Provide proof by submitting a copy of your Permanent Resident Card.

You have a Valid Work or Study Permit 

Your work or study permit authorizes you to practise dietetics in Canada. Provide proof by submitting a copy of your Work Permit.

You Don’t Have a Work or Study Permit yet?

You can request a formal letter from the College to confirm that you have met all the other registration requirements, but will not be eligible for registration until you provide formal proof of authorization to work in Canada.

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

Email your completed application form and all supporting documents to

Your application ID and temporary password

When your application is received, the College will send a confirmation email which will include your application ID and a temporary password, and instructions on how to pay all required fees.

Monitor the progress of your application online

Use your ID and password to access the CDO Applicant dashboard to monitor the progress of your application. On the dashboard, you will see:

  • the status of your application;
  • a list indicating which documents have been received; and
  • a list showing which documents are still outstanding to complete your application.

When we have received all required documents and fees, we will proceed with the review of your application.

Your application status and documents received are updated every business day.

It will take 2-4 months from the time that the College receives all of the required documents for you to receive a decision about your application 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. Gathering this additional information may extend the time it takes to process your application.  

Other factors that may delay the processing of your application include:

  • Failing to complete and sign all sections of the application form;
  • Failing to arrange for official transcripts and letters confirming the completion of your accredited dietetics degree and practical training; 
  • 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 for a General Certificate of Registration. If you wish to begin practising dietetics while you await to write or receive your results of the CDRE, you have the option of applying for a Temporary Certificate of Registration. See Temporary Class for more information.  

To be eligible to write the CDRE, you must be assessed by the College to have met the education and practical training requirements. Click here for more information about the CDRE.  

Only registrants 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 services.