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. Bylaws for the College 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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The CDBC regulates dietetic practice in BC under legislation found in the Health Professions Act, the Dietitians Regulation, and the CDBC bylaws. The primary duty of the College is to protect the public by ensuring that dietitians meet requirements necessary for safe and competent dietetic practice.

Since April 1, 2004, only individuals registered with the CDBC may use the title "Dietitian" or "Registered Dietitian" and practice the Restricted Activities stated in the Dietitians Regulation and the bylaws. You may not practice as a dietitian or use the title "Dietitian" or "Registered Dietitian" until your application for registration is approved by the College's Registration Committee.

Registration Classes
Please review sections 41 to 44 of the College bylaws in order to determine your eligibility for the various classes of registration.

Full Registration is available to applicants who:
• have completed an academic education program and a program of practical training that was approved by the CDBC Board at the time of graduation listed in Schedule E of the bylaws or
have had their knowledge, skills and abilities assessed for substantial equivalence to Canadian dietetic education and practical training; and
• have successfully completed any equivalency upgrading programs that may required by the Registration Committee,
• have successfully completed the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination, Jurisprudence Examination for Dietitians, including; and
• meet all other registration requirements.
Full registrants may use the title "Registered Dietitian" or "Dietitian" and initials "RD".

Temporary Registration is available to applicants for a period of up to one year (renewable once) who have not met the Full Registration examination requirement, but who have:
• proven to the satisfaction of the Registration Committee that they can be reasonably expected to successfully complete the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination and the Jurisprudence Examination; and
• in the opinion of the Registration Committee, may practice without any risk to public health; and
• meet all other registration requirements.

Temporary registrants may use the title “Dietitian with Temporary Registration” and initials “RD(T)”. Temporary registrants may practice dietetics with the same honours and privileges as Full registrants, except they may not supervise another Dietitian and practice as a sole and private practitionerNote: terms and conditions for practice may be set by the Registration Committee.

Non-Practicing Registration is available to former Full registrants who:

• declare they will not provide dietetic services in BC

Non-Practicing registrants may use the title "Registered Dietitian - Non-Practicing" and initials "RD (NP)".

HealthLink BC
HealthLink BC provides a direct link to Registered Dietitians to answer your questions about nutrition and dietetic services. Speak to a Registered Dietitian, toll-free in BC at 8-1-1, Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm and Fridays 8am to 5pm. For deaf and hearing-impaired assistance (TTY), call 7-1-1. Translation services are available in over 130 languages on request. You may also browse the HealthLink BC website to find answers to your nutrition questions. 



Dietitians of Canada
The Dietitians of Canada “Find a Dietitian” web page is another way of searching for a dietitian.