The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires individuals with foreign degrees (those that have been educated outside the United States and its territories) meet specific educational requirements and follow a unique process to obtain Registered Dietitian (RD) or Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) credentials.
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Education and Credentialing Requirements
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What is the Commission on Dietetic Registration?
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association. CDR is a member of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. NCCA establishes and monitors adherence to stringent national standards for certifying bodies that attest to the competence of certificants. CDR's Class A membership in the National Commission for Certifying Agencies since the early 1980s reflects achievement of the highest standards of professional credentialing and places the Commission among a select group of certification elite. Consistently at the forefront of credentialing policy and technology, the Commission has led the way in certifying that registered dietitians and dietetic technicians have acquired, maintained and continue to advance their professional skills within their chosen area of practice. Individuals seeking the Registered Dietitian or Dietetic Technician, Registered credential must complete the education and credentialing requirements established by CDR. CDR has established reciprocity agreements with several countries.
What is the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics?
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) sets Standards for entry-level dietetics education and is the accrediting body for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education programs recognized by the United States Department of Education. Continued recognition by USDE since 1974 affirms that ACEND is a reliable authority on the quality of dietetics education program that it accredits. Programs accredited and approved by ACEND meet the education requirements established by CDR. Both ACEND and CDR operate independently of the governing bodies of the Academy.
What is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics?
Founded in 1917, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the nation's largest professional organization for food and nutrition professionals with over 75,000 members. Academy members shape the food choices and impact the nutritional status of the public. The Academy promotes optimal nutrition and well being for all people by advocating for its members.
This fact sheet was prepared by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.