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 is administered in May and November each year at sites across Canada. Click HERE to view a list of testing centres (subject to change).

Exam Date

The next sitting of the CDRE will be in May 2020. Candidates may choose to write on a day between May 11 to May 16.  Schedule early! Seats are filled on a first come-first serve basis. Candidates can schedule their appointment to take the exam once they have registered as a temporary member and have paid the CDRE fee.

Registration Deadlines

The application for temporary membership is also the application to write the next sitting of the CDRE. Submission of the online application form is due by April 12, 2020 for eligibility to write in May 2020.  Please note that transcripts and confirmation of internship letters may be submitted after the application deadline.  If you require a special accommodation, submit a request by March 16, 2020.

A candidate must be registered as a temporary member in order to write the CDRE. CLICK HERE for information about how to apply for temporary membership.

2019 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 HERE to view the French version of the Preparation Guide.


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