Canadian Dietetics Registration Exam

The Canadian Dietetics Registration Examination (CDRE) is a national examination developed and administered by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies. The CDRE is a requirement for registration in all provinces except Quebec.  

The CDRE is a four-hour, computerized, multiple-choice examination designed to test the practice-based knowledge, application, and critical thinking skills required to competently and safely practice dietetics. The CDRE will be taken as an online remote-proctored exam in 2021. The CDRE is administered in May and November each year.  The spring 2022 exam is scheduled for May 19 and 20, 2022.

You must be registered as a temporary member to write the CDRE. CLICK HERE for information about how to apply for temporary membership. If you wish to take the May 2022 exam, submit your application for temporary membership to NSDA by March 30.  You can submit your application for temporary membership before you complete your practicum.  Documents that accompany your application (e.g. transcripts, confirmation of practicum completion) can be submitted afterwards (until May 6). 

The deadline to submit a request for an exam accommodation is March 30.   The forms for this request are in the CDRE Preparation Guide.

Once you are registered as a temporary member and have paid exam fee ($600), NSDA will submit your name to the exam company (Yardstick).  You will then receive an email from Yardstick with instructions on how to schedule your exam.  You are encouraged to schedule your exam early to have a choice of exam date.  The deadline to submit the exam payment to NSDA is May 6.

Preparation Guide

The Guide includes information about the exam, sample exam questions, and a reference list. Click HERE to view the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam Preparation Guide.  Click HEREto view the French version of the Preparation Guide.  

In compliance with CSA’s Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information, NSDA wishes to advise writers of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE) that your name and contact information will be sent to Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc., the exam developer and to ProctorU the company that provides the remote proctoring service.  This information will be collected, used and disclosed according to their privacy policies. Your personal information is subject to U.S. laws, including the USA Patriot Act.