Temporary Membership

A temporary member has met all registration requirements (with the exception of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) and may practice as a dietitian using the title, dietitian (candidate) or PDt (c).  Temporary members write the CDRE at the next available sitting.  The application for temporary membership is also the application to write the CDRE.  There is not a separate CDRE application form.  Should your application be denied, you may appeal the Registration Committee’s decision within 30 days of written notice.

4 Step Application Process

Step 1 - Application 

Complete the Online Application Form -   In order to take the May 2021 exam, the application deadline is March 19.  You may submit the online application before completion of the dietetic practicum.  THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 24.

Step 2 - Supporting Documentation

Arrange to have supporting documentation sent to NSDA directly from the university/program.  Email is acceptable.
(a) University transcript -  If your transcript does not state that you have met degree requirements, contact the registrar's office to provide NSDA with confirmation that degree requirements have been met. 
(b) Verification of practicum completion 

Step 3 - Payment of Fees

Applicants writing the May 2021 Exam:   $551 = $85 application fee + $466 registration fee 

Temporary membership is valid until one of the following conditions occurs:  the temporary member becomes a licensed member or the temporary member fails the exam.  The $466 payment is for registration effective until March 31, 2022.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   Once your full application has been received, allow for up to 10 business days for processing. Should your application to NSDA be denied, you may appeal the Registration Committee’s decision within 30 days of written notice. 

Email Registration Coordinator  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or to schedule an in-person or telephone appointment.  You can expect a reply within two to three business days. 

Step 4 - Schedule Appointment to take the CDRE

Once registered as a temporary member, you will receive information from NSDA about how to pay the fee and schedule an appointment to write the CDRE.  The CDRE fee is $525.  If you wish to request an accommodation for the CDRE, requests must be received by March 19, 2021. 

Click HERE for more information about the CDRE. 

Click HERE to read registration policies.

According to NSDA bylaws, a candidate who has failed the exam may request an extension of temporary membership. The candidate must be able to support the request for an extension to the Registration Committee. The Registration Committee may grant one extension to a Temporary Member for a period of up to one year from the date the temporary membership originally took effect.  A candidate shall have three opportunities in four years to challenge the qualifying exam. If the first two attempts result in failures, proof of upgrading will be required to become eligible to challenge the exam for the third and final time.