Currently, NBAD has two options for internationally trained dietitians seeking registration as a Registered Dietitian in New Brunswick.
*Important*: If you are starting the process, please confirm with NBAD as the requirements are subject to change.
Option 1 – Paper-Based Credential Assessment
A paper-based credential assessment involves NBAD reviewing an internationally trained dietitian’s transcripts, course descriptions and information about the formal structure and learning objectives of practical training against the nationals standards for dietetics education and training programs in Canada.
An internationally educated dietitian would be required to submit:
- World Education Services (WES) Course-by-Course ICAP Assessment Report (sent directly to NBAD from WES)
- cover letter and resume
- official transcripts for all university degrees and courses completed (sent directly from institutions to NBAD, if not provided by WES)
- course descriptions for all university courses taken, letter verifying completion of internship/practicum (including length of program, detailed description of rotations, gained skills, etc.) sent directly from the institution to NBAD
- official documentation of name change, if applicable
- language proficiency test results (identified by NBAD), sent directly to NBAD by the institution
- authorization to work in Canada
- letter of prior registration with a dietetic regulatory body (if applicable; sent directly to NBAD by the institution)
An Interview and/or other assessment may be required to assess education and/or work experience.
Additional academic courses:
Your file will be assessed to determine if there are specific academic courses that are needed to be successfully completed before proceeding to the next step of mandatory upgrading.
There is a fee for completing this assessment.
Important: If your degree is not deemed equivalent to a Canadian bachelor’s degree in Food, Nutrition or Dietetics from WES, you need to pursue and complete an Accredited Canadian Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition or Dietetics.
All internationally-trained applicants shall require Academic and Practicum Upgrading.
This includes a minimum of two 3-credit courses in Clinical Human Nutrition at the 3rd or 4th year university level approved by NBAD and a minimum of 12 weeks of practical experience in the three practice areas (clinical, food service and population & public health) supervised by a Registered Dietitian in Canada. The candidate is responsible for making these arrangements and must respect regulations related to practical experience in the respective province (i.e. some province require that you register as a Dietetic Intern; some provinces require that you are affiliated with an accredited internship program to complete an internship) and must meet requirements of the institution where the practical experience will be completed (i.e. having liability insurance, proper immunization, criminal record check, etc.).
During the practical experience, the candidate must meet all entry to practice “Internship/Practicum” competencies of the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP; see current document: PDEP-ICDEP-2013-.aspx).
Mandatory report of attaining all Internship/Practicum competencies of ICDEP:
After completion, you must submit a report to NBAD for assessment demonstrating you have obtained all Internship/Practicum competencies. There is a fee to complete this assessment.
Your assessment results inform you of:
- your eligibility to become a Temporary Member
- any further upgrading needed prior to registration
The Temporary Membership allows the candidate to practice dietetics in New Brunswick as a Registered Dietitian (Candidate) while waiting to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE). Other eligibility requirements for Temporary Membership must be met such as language proficiency, authorization to work in Canada, criminal record check, etc. A successful passing of the CDRE will grant a Registered Dietitian (Candidate) an Active Membership to practice as a Registered Dietitian in New Brunswick.
Option 2 – College of Dietitians of Ontario PLAR Process
The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process from the College of Dietitians of Ontario directly assesses what you currently know and can do, and it is not affected by factors outside of your control, like incomplete course descriptions or poor translations which may not fully reflect the content of your education and training. In addition, the PLAR process provides a way for NBAD to recognize knowledge and skills that you gained after your degree through continuing education and practice, something that is not achievable in a paper-based credential assessment.
The PLAR process includes two assessments:
- Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool (KCAT): a multiple-choice exam which is primarily used to assess the foundational knowledge and competency of internationally educated applicants as compared to Canadian standards.
- Performance-Based Assessment (PBA): a practical assessment that will include oral and written components to assess competency compared to standards for dietetic practice in Canada.
NBAD accepts the assessment results of the KCAT and PBA as part of the PLAR process from the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
Please visit the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO) for eligibility and application information: College of Dietitians – Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Process
Level 1 result (sufficient knowledge and competence) on the KCAT and a Pass result on the PBA will meet the education and practical dietetic experience (internship/practicum) requirements for registration with the New Brunswick Association of Dietitians.
With a Level 1 result on the KCAT and a Pass result on the PBA within the past 3 years (results are sent directly from CDO to NBAD), an internationally trained dietitian will be able to apply for their Temporary Membership with NBAD. A Temporary Membership allows the candidate to practice dietetics in New Brunswick as a Registered Dietitian (Candidate) while waiting to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE). Other eligibility requirements for Temporary Membership must be met such as language proficiency, authorization to work in Canada, criminal record check, etc. A successful passing of the CDRE will grant a Registered Dietitian (Candidate) a Active Membership to practice as a Registered Dietitian in New Brunswick.