Credential Assessment Instructions

Getting Started

This information is intended for individuals who are internationally educated.

Others, click on the correct link if you:

The following is a list of the documents that are required with your application form. Some documents, like course descriptions, 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.

Application form

Complete and sign this application form and send it to the College by mail. 

Please note the following important information about submitting your application:

  • 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

World Education Services (WES) Assessment Report

You must include a WES assessment for all university education that you completed outside of Canada, with the exception of education from universities in the United States that have regional accreditation.  The WES assessment will confirm whether your degree is equivalent to the university level in Canada.

Please request a course-by-course evaluation.   You may choose to have WES send your transcript to the College through their ICAP service.  

Official Transcripts

You must arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to the College from either World Education Services (WES) or each post-secondary institution that you have attended.

This includes transcripts related to:

  • Your nutrition/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. 

Course Descriptions

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 to 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

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.  

Proof of Language Proficiency

You must be able to show proficiency in either English or French. You demonstrate language proficiency by providing proof that you completed education in  English or French, or by submitting a report demonstrating that you achieved the minimum score on an approved language assessment. Click here for more information on the requirement for language proficiency.

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 letter which will outline any documents missing from your application and 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.

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 provide proof of your language proficiency in English or French
  • 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.