Approved Education and Training
Your dietetics degree and practical training are approved by the Association if:
- At the time you completed them, they were accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) or, prior to 2015, Dietitians of Canada
Assessment of your Knowledge
If your degree and/or practical training were not approved programs, the Association must assess your dietetics knowledge and skills to ensure that it meets the minimum standards required of a new graduate in Canada.
The Association assesses your education and training with the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process.
Canadian Standards for Dietetic Education and Training
The Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) has developed the national competency standards for dietetic education and is the accrediting body approved by the Association for Canadian dietetic education programs.
The assessments in the PLAR process were designed to assess your knowledge and skills against the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP) and the accreditation standards.
If you are an internationally educated applicant, the Association strongly recommends that you review the Canadian Dietetic Practice Orientation and Self-Assessment Tool developed by the College of Dietitians of Ontario. It will give you a general overview of dietetic practice in Canada and will help you assess your knowledge and skills against the standards required to practice dietetics in Canada.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Process
The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is made up of several steps, including a multiple-choice examination and a performance-based assessment, which are designed to assess your current knowledge, skills, and judgment against the national entry to practice standards for Canadian graduates.
The Association considers the PLAR process to be a more fair and valid assessment of your dietetic knowledge because it directly assesses what you currently know and can do, and is not affected by factors outside of your control (for example incomplete course descriptions, or poor translations which don’t reflect the full content of your degree). In addition, the PLAR process provides a way for the Association to recognize knowledge and skills that you gained after your degree, through continuing education or in practice.