• Temporary Registrant status
  • Two pieces of photo ID (passport, drivers license, care card)
  • Internet speed of 10 Mbps or higher

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 competently at the entry level. It is offered twice each year,  in May and November.

All those interested in taking the CDRE must submit an application for registration to the CDBC. To be eligible to write the CDRE, applicants must first become Temporary Registrants of the College.

Temporary Registrants need to write the first CDRE sitting available. If the first attempt at the CDRE is failed, Temporary Registrants are permitted to practice only under the supervision of another Full Registrant of the CDBC.  Those who fail a second attempt at the CDRE will have their registration revoked and must undergo an assessment and complete upgrading prior to the third and final CDRE attempt. The maximum number of CDRE attempts permitted is three.

The exam is based on the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice and covers 5 domains: Professional Practice, Communication and Collaboration, Nutrition Care, Population and Public Health, and Management.

– Computer-based, multiple choice exam.
– Written over four hours, divided into 2 two-hour parts with a 15 minute break between part 1 and part 2.  

The cost for each CDRE attempt is $600.00 CAD and is subject to change. The cost is determined by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies, which manages the exam.  


Examination Dates

The CDRE is offered over a two-day period twice yearly. The next CDRE session dates are:

  • May 16-17, 2024
  • November 7-8, 2024

2024 CDRE Deadlines

  • The deadline to have a completed application and register for the next CDRE is May 2, 2024.
  • The scheduling period for the CDRE sitting begins on March 6, 2024 and ends on May 8, 2024.
  • If you have a specific accommodation needs for writing the exam, the deadline to submit your accommodation request and all supporting documents is March 21, 2024. Depending on the accommodation request, applicants may not be able to write the exam on their preferred date.  Accommodation requests are reviewed by a national committee.  Specific information may be requested in order to understand your needs and confirm that you are eligible. We encourage applicants to send their request early to avoid additional delays to book the exam.

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.

Technology Requirements

Once you are scheduled to take the exam, you will be able to log into an account where you will be able to test your technology’s ability to connect with the online remote proctor system.

Candidates should test the internet connection at the testing station you intend to write the CDRE. You MUST ensure an internet speed of at least 10 Mbps or higher is available. Anything lower than 10 Mbps will not ensure optimal performance during the examination. If your speeds are lower than what is required, you are recommended to find a better internet connection prior to the beginning of your examination. You can test your connection speed using one of the following 3 sites:


CDRE Accommodations

A candidate who has a disability, including a temporary disability or special condition, that warrants accommodation may request accommodations to take the examination. The candidate is responsible for submitting a written request for accommodation to the provincial dietetic regulatory body for consideration by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies (the Alliance), no later than deadline noted above. 

Please refer to Appendix D ‘CDRE Candidates Requiring Accommodation’ within the CDRE Preparation Guide for the complete procedure and process on requesting an accommodation.