Educated Internationally

If you completed an  APD in Australia, or for US applicants, both an ACEND accredited degree and practicum which are based in the US, click on the appropriate link below:

All applicants to the College,  regardless of where they were educated,  must meet the same registration requirements to practice as a dietitian in Ontario. The requirements include demonstrating that you meet the Canadian standards for academic and practical training in dietetics.

If you are an internationally educated applicant, the College strongly recommends that you review the Canadian Dietetic Practice Orientation and Self-Assessment Tool. It will give you a general overview of dietetic practice in Canada and will help you assess your knowledge and skills against the standards required to practice dietetics in Canada. 

There are two ways that the College may assess your education: 

  • A prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) process, or
  • A paper-based credential assessment. 

The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is made up of several steps, including a multiple-choice examination and a performance-based assessment, which are designed to assess your current knowledge, skills, and judgment against the national entry to practice standards for Canadian graduates.

The College considers the PLAR process to be a more fair and valid assessment of your dietetic knowledge because it directly assesses what you currently know and can do, and is not affected by factors outside of your control (for example incomplete course descriptions, or poor translations which don’t reflect the full content of your degree).  In addition, the PLAR process provides a way for the College to recognize knowledge and skills that you gained after your degree, through continuing education or in practice.

This is the assessment to choose if you are considering making an application to Ryerson University’s Certificate for Internationally-Educated Professionals in Nutrition (IEPN). 

Learn more about the PLAR process.

Application Instructions for PLAR.

In a credential assessment, the Registration Committee will review transcripts, course descriptions, and information about the formal structure and learning objectives of your practical training against the national standards for dietetics education and training programs in Canada.

This is the assessment to choose if you have been directed to have a CDO assessment as part of the admissions process for a Canadian accredited internship or practicum. 

Learn more about the credential assessment.

Application Instructions for a credential assessment.