Welcome to the College of Dietitians of British Columbia

The titles "Dietitian" and "Registered Dietitian" are protected by law.  Only qualified health professionals, who are registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, may use these titles and practice as Dietitians in BC.

The College of Dietitians of British Columbia was established on November 2, 2002 under the Health Professions Act through enactment of the Dietitians Regulation. College bylaws were approved by the provincial government on December 11, 2003 and on April 1, 2004 the College became the legal authority for the regulation of Dietitians in British Columbia.

Under the Health Professions Act, the mandate of the College of Dietitians of BC is to protect the BC public by regulating Dietitians to practice safely, ethically and competently. The College achieves this through fulfilling its Vision, Mission and Values Statements.


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Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE)

The Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) is the national examination that tests the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgement required to practice dietetics competenly.  It is developed and administered by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies.  The CDRE is required by every Canadian province, except Quebec, for full registration privileges. The College of Dietitians of BC is responsible for the administration of the CDRE in BC.

The CDRE is a four-hour, computer based, multiple-choice examination, offered twice each year.  The cost for each CDRE attempt is $525.00 CAD.  The maximum number of CDRE attempts permitted is three (CDBC bylaws, section 47 (3)). Temporary registrants who fail their first attempts at the CDRE are permitted to practice while under supervision by full  registrants of the CDBC.  Those who fail a second attempt at the CDRE must undergo an assessment and and complete upgrading prior to the third and final CDRE attempt.

All those interested in taking the CDRE must submit an application to the CDBC.  Those wishing to attempt the exam must be Temporary Registrants of the CDBC to be eligible to apply for the CDRE.

As per the CDBC bylaws, section 43 (3), “a Temporary Registrant must write the [Canadian Dietetic Registration] examination at the first scheduled sitting following his or her registration” 


Examination Dates

The CDRE is offered over a six-day period, in May and November each year. The next CDRE sessions is:

  • November 26, to December 1, 2018


Novemember 2018 CDRE Deadlines

Please contact the CDBC if you wish to appl to take the CDRE. The application deadline for the November 2018 CDRE is November 9, 2018.

Seats for the CDRE are filled on a first come-first serve basis. CDRE scheduling information will be provided upon approval of the CDRE application. Scheduling period for CDRE seats begins Monday, August 27, 2018 and may be completed until the examination dates, pending seat availability.

If special accomodations for the CDRE are required, such requests must be included in the CDRE application submission. Please sumbit a completed CDRE Candidates Requiring Special Accommodations Form with your CDRE application, as quickly as possible, in order to allow adequate time to review and facilitate requests.


CDRE Preparation Guide 

Please review the CDRE Preparation Guides for more information on the CDRE - what to expect, sample exam questions with answer key, study resources, etc..  Note: The CDRE Preparation Guide will be updated in mid January 2018.

CDRE Preparation Guide November 2018 (English)

CDRE Preparation Guide November 2018 (French)

Since April 1, 2009, the College of Dietitians of British Columbia (CDBC) registers Dietitians who are currently registered in good standing in another jurisdiction in Canada in accordance with the provisions of the Canada Free Trade Agreement and the BC/Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA). This process also applies to former CDBC Registered Dietitians who are currently registered in good standing with another jurisdiction in Canada and want to reinstate with the CDBC.

Registration with the CDBC remains a requirement for all dietitians who wish to practice in British Columbia. Dietitians registered in good standing in BC, wishing to move to another province, may request the College send their registration documents to another Canadian jurisdiction to facilitate the application process.

If you wish to apply for registration with the CDBC, please create an online account to start an application.


Dietitians from other Canadian jurisdictions who wish to register in BC should contact the CDBC office to inquire about the process.

Provincial Regulatory Offices

College of Dietitians of Alberta
Doug Cook, Registrar
1320, 10123 99 Street
Edmonton, AB, T5J 3H1
Phone: 780. 448.0059
Fax: 780. 489.7759
Toll Free: 1.866.493.4348
Web Site: www.collegeofdietitians.ab.ca

Saskatchewan Dietitians Association
Lana Moore, Registrar
17-2010 7th Ave
Regina, SK S4R 1C2
Ph one: 306.359.3040
Fax: 306.359.3046
Web Site: www.saskdietitians.org

College of Dietitians of Manitoba
Michelle Hagglund, Registrar
36-1313 Border Street
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0X4
Phone: 204.694.0532
Fax: 204.889.1755
Web Site: www.manitobadietitians.ca

College of Dietitians of Ontario
Melisse L. Willems, Registrar & Executive Director
1810-5775 Yonge Street, Box 30
Toronto, ON M2M 4J1
Phone: 416.598.1725
Fax: 416.598.0274
Web Site: www.collegeofdietitians.org/

Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec
Marie-Ève Guérette St-Amour, MSc, DtP
Director, Professional Regulation
550, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Tour Ouest, bureau 1855
Montréal, QC H3A 1B9
Phone: (514) 393-3733
Fax: (514) 393-3582
Web Site: www.opdq.org

New Brunswick Association of Dietitians
Nicole Arsenault Bishop, MSc, RD
Registrar/Executive Director
471 Smythe Street, Box 27002
Fredericton, NB E3B 9M1
Phone: (506) 386-5903
Fax: (506) 450-9375
Website: www.adnb-nbad.com

Prince Edward Island Dietitians Registration Board
Carolyn Knox, Registrar
PO Box 362 CTL
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K7
Phone: (902) 892-9284
Website: www.peidietitians.ca

Nova Scotia Dietetic Association
Jennifer Garus, PDt
NSDA Executive Manager
Suite 301, 380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Phone: (902) 493-3034
Website: www.nsdassoc.ca

Newfoundland & Labrador College of Dietitians
Cynthia Whalen, MSc, RD
Registrar & Executive Coordinator
PO Box 1756
Postal Station C
St. John's, NL A1C 5P5
Phone: (709) 753-4040
Toll Free: 1-877-753-4040
Website: www.nlcd.ca