RETURNING TO PRACTICE

This information is intended for individuals who were registered with the College in the past and wish to return to practice.

If you wish to return to the College after you have resigned, retired or your certificate of registration was suspended or revoked, you will be required to submit a new application.  In addition, you must meet the registration requirements in effect at the time of your new application.


This information does not pertain to you if you are:

  • Currently registered to practice as a dietitian in another Canadian Province or the United States.

  • You are registered as a dietitian in Australia and hold an APD status.

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.

This table outlines the documents/information you will be required to submit to be registered with the College again.

Reason for leaving the College Time lapsed since you graduated or last practised as a Dietitian Next Steps
Resignation/Retirement  1-3 years
  • Complete the Application form: Return to Practice
  • If you have not previously written the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE), you will be required to write it after you re-apply. The CDRE is a non-exemptible requirement as outlined in the Registration Regulation. For more information about the CDRE click here
Resignation/Retirement  3-9 years Upon successful completion of the CDRE or acceptance of the continuing education/ continuing competence activities you will be deemed to have current dietetic knowledge and skill and will be registered with the College.
Resignation/Retirement Greater than 10 years As per Policy 3-30 Assessing Currency for Applicants, if the gap since the applicant’s graduation or last practice has been 10 years or more, the applicant must complete College's Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Process.
 
Certificate Suspended   In order for the College to lift the suspension you must:  
Contact the Registration Coordinator, Heena Vyas at heena.vyas@collegeofdietitians.org for any questions about lifting suspension.
 
Certificate Revoked Less than 2 years since previous membership revoked Complete the Application form for Reinstatement.
Certificate Revoked More than 2 years since last registered with the College Contact the Registration Coordinator, Heena Vyas at heena.vyas@collegeofdietitians.org for information.

For members returning to practice after retiring, resigning or certificate of registration revoked. 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. 

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.

Completing the registration process can take up to 10 business days from the time that the College receives all of the required documents, 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. This information will be reviewed by the College’s Registrar and, in some cases will be referred to the Registration Committee, which will extend the time it takes to process your application.

Factors that may delay the processing of your application include:

  • Failing to complete and sign all sections of the application form;
  • Information about your conduct or health that may require further review and follow-up;
  • Failing to produce other documents requested by the College.

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.