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Have you been trained to be a dietitian in your country?

Do you want to be a licensed dietitian in Nova Scotia?

The Canadian Dietetic Practice Orientation and Self-Assessment Tool (OSAT) is a free tool designed for Internationally Educated Dietitians interested in exploring dietetic practice in Canada. After reviewing the information on the website, click on “Complete my Self-Assessment” to assess your level of knowledge and skill compared to the standards required to practice dietetics in Canada.  Click HERE to view the OSAT.

Click here to view the steps to apply to NSDA (called Pathway to Licensure)

Before you leave your country, make sure you have the original documents needed to apply to NSDA. If you do not have original documents, notarized copies are acceptable.  If any of your records are not in English, submit the documents in the original language as well as notarized English translations.

Click here to view the documents you need to apply (called Document Checklist).

The NSDA Registration Committee will assess your application to see whether your education and practical training is substantially equivalent to Canadian education and training. The skills and knowledge that you got from work experience will also be considered.  The assessment is done to see if there are any gaps in your knowledge and skills compared to Canadian entry-to-practice competencies.  

For example, Canadian dietitians are trained in three practice areas:  direct patient care (or clinical dietetics), community and population health, and food service management.  A Canadian degree is a four year science degree.  The practical internship is about 35 weeks.  Your education and training will be compared to Canadian to see if there are any major differences.

To apply, you will also be asked to do an online test. This will help you learn about Canadian dietetic practice and compare your knowledge to what dietitians know when they finish their education and training to be dietitians.  There will also be an in-person meeting to talk about your experience, your knowledge and it is a chance to ask questions about what to expect.

If you are moving to Nova Scotia, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia is a community organization that welcomes immigrants to Nova Scotia, offers services, and helps immigrants build a future in Canada.


Before applying to NSDA, contact World Education Services (WES) for an academic assessment.  WES will do an initial assessment to see if your degree is equivalent to a Canadian university degree.  This assessment does not confirm that your education is the same as a Canadian dietetics degree.  When completing the WES application, ask for the "Comprehensive Course by Course Report" and ask that WES send the assessment certificate, original documentation and notarized copies directly to NSDA.

World Education Services
45 Charles Street East, Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 1S2

Telephone (toll-free):  1-866-343-0070
Fax:  (416) 972-9004
Website:  www.wes.org/ca/application/apply_now.asp


Submit a complete application package to NSDA.  Review the Document Checklist to make sure that your application is complete.  Click here for the application form.  The application fee is $65.  A competency assessment fee is $400.

An online competency assessment is a part of the application to become registered in Nova Scotia.  The Competence Self Assessment was developed by the British Columbia College of Dietitians.  You can compare your dietetic education, training and work experience to current Canadian entry to practice competency standards. The process includes a verification of competence in all areas of dietetic practice by completing case studies

Contact NSDA to begin the online self-assessment (registration@nsdassoc.ca). It can be completed from your home country before you send your full application.   Notify NSDA when you have completed the assessment, or if you have questions.

The NSDA Registration Committee will assess your qualifications to see if your university degree and program of practical training are substantially equivalent to  Canadian accredited education and training.  The fee for this assessment is $400.  The Registration Committee will review the official course descriptions from university calandars and course outlines.  They will also ask you for a detailed summary of your practical training.  The competency assessment also includes an interview with members of the Registration Committee.

If the Registration Committee finds that your education and training does not meet registration requirements, you will receive detailed information about how to meet requirements.  If you are not granted registration, you may appeal the Registration Committee's decision within 30 days of written notice with written notice.

If your first language is not English or if you have not completed your education in English, you must complete and provide official results of language proficiency tests.  

The following tests and scores are recognized: 

TOEFL (computer score of 213 / internet score of 80) and Test of Spoken English (score of 50) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – total band score of 7


The CDRE is written two times each year (May and November).  Once you qualify to write the CDRE, you may register as a temporary member with NSDA and work as a dietitian in Nova Scotia (with applicable work permit).



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