Temporary Membership

  • Online Application Form
  • SURVEY: The Fair Registration Practices Act (FRPA) is intended to ensure the registration processes that regulated professions follow are procedurally fair, transparent, impartial and objective. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) has tasked a third party (Research Nova Scotia) to carry out an evaluation of FRPA to determine if this legislation is serving the intended aims. Part of this evaluation is a survey for applicants and registrants of regulated professions. The feedback of those directly impacted by FRPA is vital to understanding its function and effectiveness. The results of the surveys will inform the future of this legislation. Please be thoughtful, honest, and candid when you complete the survey. The surveys are anonymous – they do not ask for personal information and only a summary report of the results will be made available to the LAE. The survey should take 20 minutes to complete and there is an option to stop and complete the survey at a later time - just remember to copy down the code at the top of your survey. The Fairness in Regulated Professions' Registration Processes Survey - Members and Applicants is intended for registrants and applicants of regulated professions. This survey gathers data on the impact of FRPA and professional registration practices. This survey will open on September 17, 2019 and will close on October 8, 2019

Applicants may submit their online application before completion of the dietetic practicum.  Hard copies of documentation (university transcript and verification of practicum completion) must be sent to NSDA directly from the university/practicum program.  The online application for temporary membership must be received by October 24, 2019 in order to write the November 2019 sitting of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE).  The application for temporary membership is also the application to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE).  There is not a separate application form to apply to take the CDRE.

A temporary member has met all registration requirements (with the exception of the examination). They will write the CDRE at the next available sitting. Once registered as a temporary member, you will receive information from NSDA about how to schedule an appointment to write the CDRE. CLICK HERE for information about the CDRE.

A temporary member can work as a dietitian; but may not use the titles/designation protected by the Professional Dietitians Act. Temporary members may use the designation professional dietitian (candidate) or PDt (c).



  • Total $351 = $85 application fee + $266 registration fee 


  • Total $551 = $85 application fee + $466 registration fee 

NSDA Bylaws (2007):

Temporary Membership (section 2(c))

  1. A temporary membership is valid until one of the following conditions ensues:
    1. the temporary member becomes a licensed member or
    2. the temporary member fails the exam.
  2. A candidate who has failed the exam may request an extension of temporary membership. The candidate must be able to support the request for an extension to the Registration Committee. The Registration Committee may grant one extension to a Temporary Member for a period of up to one year from the date the temporary membership originally took effect.
  3. A candidate shall have three opportunities in four years to challenge the qualifying exam. If the first two attempts result in failures, proof of upgrading will be required to become eligible to challenge the exam for the third and final time.