NSDA Update - Winter 2019

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Annual Renewal

Click HERE to view information about the annual renewal process.  If you wrote and passed the November 2018 sitting of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE), you are NOT due to submit a learning log nor complete the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module until March 2020.

Continuing Competency Program 

Click HERE to view resources to assist you to set specific learning goals and complete the learning log.  For assistance completing the Continuing Competency Program, please contact the Practice Advisor, Amanda Connors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The new Continuing Competency Program (CCP) auditing process was carried out in 2018.  It is outlined in Policy 5.2.  The rubric used to evaluate submissions can be found HERE.

Fifteen percent of CCP submissions are audited annually through random selection and based on screening for satisfactory completion. Auditors are dietitians who volunteer to audit.  For consistency and correctness, all auditors are trained on how to complete the audit. Every effort is made to keep submissions confidential and anonymous to auditors.

An unsatisfactory submission is incomplete or has an audit score below 50%. Two trained auditors review each submission that is found to be unsatisfactory to prevent discrepancies/inconsistencies in the auditing process. If the submission remains unsatisfactory based on the scores from two independent auditors, the Continuing Competency Committee will review the submission and give the Practice Advisor further direction.

 Unacceptable CCP Submissions

If your submission is unsatisfactory, your subsequent submission will also be audited. A personalized letter is sent by registered mail indicating problem areas, specific suggestions for improvement, and follow up action. Upon notification of audit results, support is offered to facilitate understanding of the expectations of the CCP. Dietitians are strongly encouraged to meet with the Practice Advisor, Amanda Connors. A license will not be renewed if the subsequent submission is unsatisfactory.

When dietitians apply to other colleges, NSDA completes a Labour Mobility Verification Form to inform the other college that the dietitian is registered in good standing.  If your last CCP submission was unsatisfactory, this will be communicated to the other college.


The Jurisprudence e-Learning Module is a mandatory component of the Continuing Competency Program. Dietitians complete the e-Learning Module every five years.  The Module supports dietitians to maintain a current understanding of the regulatory, provincial and federal requirements related to dietetic practice in Canada. The Module provides dietitians with information related to legislation, standards and guidelines that govern dietitians’ conduct, in particular the Professional Dietitians Act, other provincial legislation, standards of practice, and the code of ethics. It is an open-book series of quizzes. The sources for answers to the Module’s quiz questions are found within the Module or referenced within the Module. See Policy 5.3 for more information.