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 by the Partnership for Dietetics Education and Practice (PDEP). If you have completed a degree other than nutrition and dietetics, click here for information on how to become a dietitian.

If this is not you, click on the appropriate link below:

Getting Started

Before you begin your application with the College there are two important steps you must take:
  1. Add the College’s domain (@collegeofdietitians.org) 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, like transcripts, must be sent directly to the College by a third party. 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.

Official Transcripts

You must arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to the College from each post-secondary institution that you have attended.

This includes transcripts related to:

  • Your nutrition degree
  • Any other degrees
  • Any other post-secondary institution you have attended
  • Courses completed through a CEGEP program in Quebec
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.
  • Electronic transcripts are accepted by the College provided official copies are delivered electronically using a secured site initiated by the University.
  • 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.

Course Descriptions

If your nutrition degree was not accredited by PDEP, you must arrange for official course descriptions to be sent directly to the College by the university. The content in the course descriptions will be compared the national standards for foundational knowledge and 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 or not the content of the course has changed since you completed it.
  • If the content has changed, the university must provide details about these changes.

Education Summary Form

When the College has received your official course descriptions from the university, they will be saved in to one electronic file and forwarded to you. Once you have received your course descriptions, you will complete this education summary form. The education summary form is used to help direct a panel of the registration committee to the courses which address each area of foundational knowledge, as well as all of the academic performance indicators. 

 

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 from the institution directly to the College which confirms that you have successfully completed an accredited internship or practicum program in Canada. 

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

  • A detailed description sent directly to the College by the institution 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).

 

Proof of Authorization to Work in Canada

Authorization to work in Canada is one of the requirements for registration with the College. You must provide proof of authorization to work in Canada which permits you to practise dietetics in Canada.  

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
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 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.

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 youmeet the requirements for registration.  See Registration Requirements for detailed information about each of the requirements. 

Once your application form is complete, send it to the College by mail, along with any supporting documents and all required fees. Faxed or emailed applications are not accepted.

Your application ID and temporary password

When your application is received and we have opened your file, you will receive a confirmation email which will include your application ID and a temporary password.

Monitor the progress of your application online

Use your ID and password to access the CDO 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
  • 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 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. Please note that 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. 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.