PLAR Process

The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Process will directly assess your current knowledge and skills compared to the national standards.

Step 1: Determine eligibility for PLAR Process

To be eligible for the PLAR Process you must:

  • Have completed a degree reasonably related to dietetics, nutrition or food;
  • Have completed practical training in dietetics or demonstrate that your degree alone (without practical training) qualified you to practice in the country where the education institution is located;
  • Meet the minimum language proficiency requirement.

Step 2: Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool (KCAT)

If you are deemed eligible for the PLAR Process, the next step is the Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool (KCAT) – a computer-based multiple choice exam designed to assess your knowledge as compared to the foundational knowledge and performance indicators applicable to education programs in the national competencies. The KCAT is written once a year (Toronto, Ontario and/or a province in the Maritimes).

Your results on the KCAT will determine your next steps:

  • A level I result means that you demonstrated sufficient knowledge and competence to move to the next step in the process, the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA);
  • A level II result means that you have demonstrated partial knowledge and competence. Your score reflects that there are some gaps in your knowledge and competence compared to the national standards.
  • A level III result means that you did not demonstrate sufficient knowledge and competence. You are not eligible to complete the PBA. You may rewrite the KCAT a maximum of three times as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements. You may wish to consider, however that your results identified significant gaps which may best be addressed by completing an accredited degree and accredited practical training in Canada.

Step 3: Performance-Based Assessment (PBA)

If the Association determines that you have demonstrated appropriate foundational knowledge and competence related to the academic performance indicators of the national standards, you will move on to the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA), which is a written and oral assessment designed to assess the competence of internationally educated applicants compared to the practicum-related performance indicators in the national competencies. The PBA is written once a year (Toronto, Ontario and/or a province in the Maritimes).

Your results on the PBA determine your next steps:

  • If you pass the PBA, you will be eligible to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE). You will be required to submit additional information so that the Association can determine whether you meet the remaining requirements for registration with the Association. If you meet the other registration requirements, you will obtain a Temporary Membership which will permit you to practice dietetics in New Brunswick while you wait for the results of the CDRE.
  • If you fail the PBA, you may re-take the PBA a maximum of three times, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements. You may choose to complete additional studies (formal or informal) to increase your knowledge and competence before attempting the PBA again.