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If you are staying in Nova Scotia, you will need to register with NSDA in order to practice using the titles dietitian or nutritionist in Nova Scotia.
Licensure is required by the Act of the Nova Scotia legislature before you may use the titles 'dietitian' or 'nutritionist'. You must not use these protected titles to indicate your position, or allow anyone else to use them when referring to you, if you are not registered with NSDA.
The mandate of a regulatory body is public protection. Regulatory bodies function to promote safe, ethical and competent practice. The mandate of a regulatory body is different than that of an association. Dietitians of Canada is the profession's national association that serves to advance the profession.
You must be a member of the regulatory body in the province where you work. Contact NSDA if you plan to work in the Northwest Territories or if you plan on leaving the country to work and return at a later date.
To register with NSDA, complete the application form and submit the application fee ($65). If your documentation (e.g. university transcript) was issued in a different name from the one you currently use, a copy of the certificate of name change or marriage certificate is required. Your application is due September 5, 2014 to write the CDRE in November 2014. You may submit an application before you complete your practicum, but a temporary membership is not issued and you can be registered to write the CDRE until you have successfully completed the dietetics degree and internship.
You will be notified that you are eligible for temporary registration after your application is reviewed and it has been determined that you are eligible for registration. A temporary membership fee will be due at that time. As a temporary member, you have all the rights and privileges of full membership, except the use of the protected professional designations 'dietitian' or 'nutritionist' in any context, or the acronym P.Dt.. You cannot vote at meetings of the NSDA or hold an office on the board of directors.
To qualify for full membership with any provincial regulatory body (except Quebec), you must successfully complete the national exam (CDRE). Exams are set for May and November. The Nova Scotia location is Halifax. The fall 2014 CDRE is scheduled for November 7 or 8. The exam fee ($400) is due October 4, 2014. Please note that you must have completed your internship and have obtained temporary membership by the exam payment deadline in order to write the next sitting of the exam.