Canadian Dietetics Registration Exam

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

The CDRE is a computerized, one-day multiple-choice examination designed to test practice-based knowledge, application, and critical thinking skills required to competently and safely practice dietetics. The CDRE is administered in May and November each year at sites across Canada. 

If you are registering with NSDA, but are living in another province during the exam time, you may write the exam in that province’s writing centre. At the time of your application to NSDA, indicate that you would like to write the exam outside of Nova Scotia. If additional costs are incurred to NSDA for that arrangement, you will be notified and billed for these costs.

Exam Date

The May 2017 exam is scheduled for May 12 and 13.  You have a choice to write either day. Seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Registration Deadlines

  • Application deadline - March 31, 2017
  • Deadline for payment of exam fee - April 7, 2017

The application deadline is when the application form and application fee are due to NSDA. If you have not yet completed your internship, you may indicate on the application form that official documents from the university/program will be forthcoming. All documentation must be received byApril 7 to write the May exam.

To complete the exam application process, ensure that the temporary membership fee and exam fee of $440 are received by NSDA by April 7.

2017 Preparation Guide

The Guide includes information about the exam, sample exam questions, and a reference list.

  • Click HERE to view the May 2017 Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam Preparation Guide

Please contact NSDA for a copy of the Guide in French. For candidates who wish to write in French, note that there is now a French toggle function to enable you to toggle from French to English during the exam.

In compliance with CSA’s Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information, NSDA wishes to advise writers of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE) that your name and contact information will be sent to Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. (SMT), the exam developer and to Iso-Quality Testing, Inc. (IQT) the company that provides exam writing centers for the CDRE. This information will be collected, used and disclosed according to their privacy policy. Your personal information is subject to U.S. laws, including the USA Patriot Act. For questions or clarification regarding the organizations’ privacy policies, please contact SMT at, Iso-Quality Testing, Inc. at or email NSDA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.