Returning to Practice -Currency Assessment

If it has been 10 or more years since you completed your academic and/or practical training or last practiced dietetics, you must complete the College’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstrate your knowledge and competence to practice dietetics safely, ethically, and competently.

WHAT IS THE PLAR PROCESS?
The PLAR process will directly assess what you currently know and can do, in comparison to the Canadian standards for dietetic practice. It is made up of several steps:uired Documents

Summary of the PLAR Process flow diagram

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.

Application Form

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

Complete and sign this Application Form and send it to the College by mail. 

 

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 accredited dietetics 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.
  • The College only accepts electronic transcripts delivered through a secured university site.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the College will be accepting emailed transcripts directly from universities via password-protected or secured PDF files.
  • 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. 
 

Proof of Accredited Practical Training

You must arrange for an official letter to be sent directly to the College confirming that you have successfully completed an accredited internship or practicum program in Canada. 

 

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.  

If you are deemed eligible for the PLAR process, the next step is the KCAT – a computer-based multiple choice exam designed to assess your knowledge as compared to the foundational knowledge and academic performance indicators in the national competencies.  Click here to view the KCAT preparation guide.

Your results on the KCAT will determine your next steps:

  • A level I result means that you demonstrated sufficient knowledge and competence to move to the next step in the process, the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA);
  • A level II result means that you have demonstrated partial knowledge and competence. Your score reflects that there are some gaps in your knowledge and competence compared to the national standards.   If you receive a level II result, you have two options:
    • Re-write the KCAT. You may rewrite the KCAT a maximum of three times as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements. You may choose (but you are not required) to complete additional studies to increase your knowledge and competence before rewriting the KCAT, or
    • Apply to admission to Ryerson University’s certificate program for Internationally-Educated Nutrition Professionals (IEPN); if you successfully complete the IEPN after receiving a level II KCAT result, you are eligible to proceed to the PBA.
      • A level II result on the KCAT does not guarantee admission to the IEPN. Ryerson University has its own eligibility criteria for the IEPN and may have limited enrolment. 
  • A Level III result means that you did not demonstrate sufficient knowledge and competence. You are not eligible to complete the PBA. You may rewrite the KCAT a maximum of three times as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements. You may wish to consider, however that your results identified significant gaps which may best be addressed by completing an accredited degree and accredited practical training in Canada.
KCAT is written once a year. The next administration of KCAT is scheduled for February 2021.

Key Dates

Activity/Timeline Date
KCAT Administration February 2021
Deadline for submitting complete Application (i.e. all required documents must be received by the College) TBD
Deadline to pay KCAT Fees  TBD
Deadline to request accommodations to write the KCAT TBD

If the College determines that you have demonstrated appropriate foundational knowledge and competence related to the academic performance indicators of the national standards, you will move on to the PBA, which is a written and oral assessment designed to assess the competence of internationally educated applicants compared to the practicum-related performance indicators in the national competencies.  Click here to view the PBA preparation guide.

Your results on the PBA determine your next steps:

  • If you pass the PBA, you will be required to complete the College’s Jurisprudence Knowledge and Assessment Tool (JKAT), which is designed to improve your knowledge and application of laws, standards, guidelines and ethics relevant to the profession of dietetics in Ontario.
  • If you fail the PBA, you may re-take the PBA a maximum of three times, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.  You may choose to complete additional studies (formal or informal) to increase your knowledge and competence before attempting the PBA again.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the July 8, 2020 PBA has been cancelled. Once the date of the next PBA is re-scheduled, the College will send an email to all eligible candidates, at the earliest available opportunity, so you may plan accordingly.

The JKAT is an online tool designed to improve your knowledge and application of laws, standards, guidelines and ethics relevant to the profession of dietetics in Ontario. The tool uses scenarios and multiple-choice questions to ensure that you can apply your jurisprudence knowledge to practical situations. References are provided online within the exam.

Once you have successfully completed the JKAT, you must submit an application for registration with the College of Dietitians of Ontario. The College will review your application to confirm that you have met all of the other registration requirements in order to confirm your eligibility to write the CDRE. When you are deemed eligible to write the CDRE, you will also be eligible for a Temporary Certificate of Registration, which will enable you to practice as a dietitian in Ontario while you await the results of the CDRE.

Canadian Standards for Dietetic Education and Training

The Partnership for Dietetics Education and Practice (PDEP) has developed the national competency standards for dietetics education and is the accrediting body approved by the College for Canadian dietetics education programs. 

The assessments in the PLAR process were designed to assess your knowledge and skills against the Integrated Competencies for Dietetics Education and Practice (ICDEP) and the accreditation standards. 

The College has developed a website to explain the minimum standards required for dietetic practice in Canada and to help you assess your current knowledge and skills against those standards.