Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination

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

The CDRE is not an exit exam from an internship or practical training program. It is designed to confirm competence to practice dietetics. This means that your practice-based knowledge and your ability to employ critical thinking by analyzing, interpreting and applying knowledge are at the level of minimal competence and that you are safe to practice.

Number of Attempts of CDRE
Please be advised that normally, a candidate must successfully complete the examination within four years or being eligible to write the examination. The candidate may attempt the exam no more than three times. Mandatory upgrading is required after the second failure.

Exam Dates and Testing Sites (The exam is an online proctored exam for 2023)

  • The exam is administered twice a year: November and May
  • The next available sittings of the exam will be:
    • November 2 and 3, 2023
    • May 16-17, 2024
    • November 7-8, 2024

Registration Deadline and Fees

  • A candidate must be an NBAD Temporary Member in order to register to write the CDRE. For more information on Temporary Membership registration, click here.
  • Registration deadline for the November exam sitting is October 6, 2023
  • Scheduling period for approved candidates of the CDRE sitting begins on August 22, 2023 and ends on October 26, 2023.
  • If you have a specific accommodation needs for writing the exam, the deadline to submit your accommodation is September 29, 2023.
    • Please refer to Appendix D ‘CDRE Candidates Requiring Accommodation’ within the CDRE Preparation Guide for the complete procedure and process on requesting an accommodation.
  • CDRE fees: $600.00

CDRE Application Form

Preparation Tools for the CDRE