Have you been trained to be a dietitian in your country?

Do you want to be a dietitian in Nova Scotia?

Step 1

Before applying to NSDA, contact World Education Services (WES) for an academic assessment. The WES assessment determines whether your degree is equivalent to a four-year Canadian university degree.  Ask WES for the “Comprehensive Course by Course Report” and ask that WES send the assessment results directly to NSDA.

Telephone (toll-free): 1-866-343-0070
Website: www.wes.org/ca/application/apply_now.asp

Step 2

Submit a complete application package to NSDA.  The application fee is $400.  Click HERE to apply online (click 'Initial Application'). Also send documents listed on the DOCUMENT CHECKLIST.

  • The NSDA Registration Committee will assess your qualifications to see if your university degree and practical training are substantially equivalent to Canadian accredited programs.  The Registration Committee will determine your eligibility to write an exam called the Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool (KCAT).  If there are major gaps in your education and training, you may not be eligible to write the KCAT.  The KCAT is offered in Toronto, Ontario every November.  If you are not eligible to write the KCAT, you will receive detailed information about how to meet requirements.  If you are not granted registration, you may appeal the Registration Committee’s decision within 30 days of written notice with written notice.

If your first language is not English or if you have not completed your education in English, you must complete and provide official results of language proficiency tests. The following tests and scores are recognized:  TOEFL (computer score of 213 / internet score of 80) and Test of Spoken English (score of 50) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – total band score of 7

Step 3

The KCAT will determine whether you need additional education and training.  Based on your results, you may need to complete a Canadian dietetics degree and internship OR complete a bridging program OR complete the Performance Based Assessment.   


After successfully completing the Performance Based Assessment, you will be elegible to write the Canadian Dietetics Registration Exam (CDRE).  The CDRE is written two times each year (May and November). Once you qualify to write the CDRE, you may register as a temporary member with NSDA and work as a dietitian in Nova Scotia (with applicable work permit).