Registration FAQ

Q: What if I miss notification of registration renewal? Do I have to pay the late fee if I didn’t know about the renewal deadline?

The deadline for registration renewal is March 31 at midnight. A late fee is incurred upon late renewal, whether or not you feel you were made aware of renewal deadlines. If notice of renewal was missed, it is possible that you:

  • are not registered with the CDBC (practicing illegally)
  • moved or changed email addresses, but haven’t updated this contact information in your CDBC profile
  • changed jobs and/or employers, but haven’t updated current workplace information in your CDBC profile.
  • forgot your user ID and/or password and can’t access your CDBC profile
  • “unsubscribed” from the Constant Contact software that delivers CDBC correspondence.

According to section 54 of the CDBC bylaws: “A registrant must immediately notify the registrar of any change of address, name or any other registration information previously provided to the registrar.”

You may also be missing out on:

  • Monthly Updates, Quality Assurance Newsletters
  • Notice of Elections, election nomination form and election ballots
  • News: CDBC initiatives, changes in legislation and registration requirements, Annual Report, etc.
  • Invitations: Annual General Meeting, CDBC events and contract bids.

Please contact the office at 604-742-6395 or by email at info@collegeofdietitansbc.org for help with correspondence and/or renewal.

Q: Under what circumstances would I decide not renew my registration? What are the implications?

A: There are many reasons why you may choose not to renew registration with the CDBC – maternity/parental leave, career change, travel, etc.

If you are not currently practicing dietetics, you may consider not renewing with the CBDC. If this is the case, CDBC must be notified, in writing, with a request to be removed from the CDBC register in good standing. Being removed from the register means a former registrant can no longer use the title ‘dietitian’, ‘registered dietitian’, ‘RD’, or practice dietetics. In BC, only those who have current, active registration with the CDBC may use these titles (per Dietitians Regulation).

You may choose to become Non-Practicing, which means that although you may not use your title, you can still receive correspondence from the College. You are also eligible to sit on College committees. If you resign you will no longer receive communication, nor may you sit on College committees. Please review CDBC Policies RDC-18: Reinstatement of Former Non-Practicing Registrants and RC-17: Removed in good standing for details on implications for your career.

Q: I am a former registrant with the CDBC. Can I renew/reinstate?

A: Yes. If you are a former registrant who was removed from the CDBC register in good standing, you may return to the register. However, there are certain conditions that must be fulfilled prior to being eligible to apply for reinstatement. These conditions are dependent upon the length of time a you have been off the register.

A former registrant may return to practice after less than three years off the register, without penalty, by logging into his/her CDBC profile and submitting:

  • an application for reinstatement,
  • a Professional Development Report. Refer to the Guide to the Continuing Competence Requirement for Reinstatement within 3 years.
  • a Consent to Criminal Record Check (CRC), a mandatory Ministry of Public Safety requirement,
  • and the required fees.

A former registrant who is returning to practice after more than 3 years, but less than 6 years off the register, must successfully complete the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) in order to be eligible to apply for reinstatement.

A former registrant who is returning to practice after six or more years off the register, must be assessed for:

  • currency in dietetic knowledge,
  • skills, abilities, and judgement

If gaps are identified, the former registrant will be required to complete academic/and or practical upgrading, as well as successfully complete the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE). Once both items are completed, he/she will be eligible to apply for reinstatement with the CDBC.

Q: I am considering renewing my registration in the "non-practicing' class. What will this mean for me?

A: CDBC registrants with “non-practicing” status are permitted to use the title “Registered Dietitian – Non-Practicing” and the initials “RD (NP)”. Registrants with non-practicing status must not practice dietetics, including any volunteer dietetic work. RD(NP)s may vote at CDBC general meetings and may serve on CDBC committees. They are kept informed of CDBC activities and continue to receive regular communications from the College. RD(NP)s are identified on the CDBC’s public register of Dietitians as “non-practicing”.

Q: What is the purpose of the requirement to agree to the Statutory Declarations every year during registration renewal?

A: Statutory Declarations are statements of truth that all registrants must fulfill as part of registration with the CDBC. Because registration expires on March 31 annually, the Statutory Declarations must also be agreed to with each registration renewal. These statements declare that the registrant will:

  • always practice dietetics in compliance with the Health Professions Act, the Dietitians Regulation and the CDBC bylaws, and in compliance with any limits or conditions consented to.
  • have professional liability insurance for all practice settings, in an amount of not less than two million dollars per occurrence.
  • maintain competence with dietetic practice by updating the Self-Assessment relative to the Standards of Practice and the Professional Development Plan annually.
  • submit a complete Professional Development Plan annually. 
  • submit a Consent to Criminal Record Re­check to CDBC and completed the Jurisprudence Examination (JED) for Dietitians every 5 years as required.

Q: How do I inform the CDBC of a change in employer?

A: The CDBC bylaws, section 54, require that “a registrant must immediately notify the registrar of any change in address, name or any other registration information previously provided to the registrar.” If you have changed your employer, or any other CDBC Registration information, you may inform the CDBC of any of these changes by updating the information in your CDBC online profile.

To add a new employer to your profile:

  • Sign into your CDBC online account
  • Once signed in, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Update my Employer” from the Employment screen.
  • Click on “Add Employer” and select from the drop-down list. (If your employer is not in the list, or the information about your employer is incorrect, please contact the CDBC at info@collegeofdietitiansbc.org. The CDBC will update the information on the registrant’s behalf)
  • Answer the “Primary Employer?” question by choosing “yes” or “no”
  • Select the type of “work setting” from the drop-down list and enter employment “start date” (and “end date” where applicable)
  • Select “Save” to submit.

To change current employer information:

  • From the Employment screen, select “Edit”
  • Update “Primary Employer”, “Work Setting”, “Start Date” and “End Date” information
  • Select “Save” to submit.

To remove an employer from your profile:

  • From the Employment screen, select “Remove”
  • Select “Continue” when answering the question “Are you sure you want to remove this employer?”
  • Ensure that appropriate employers have been removed when updating new employment information.

Q: What does RD(t) designate?

A: RD(t) denotes a Temporary Registrant, following CDBC bylaws. Temporary Registrants are required to use this designation after initial registration and prior to passing the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE).

Q: A Temporary Registrant (RD(t)) with the CDBC are not permitted to practice as “sole and private practitioners”. What does this mean?

A: The CDBC bylaw section 43(7) state that “A temporary registrant may not: (a) supervise a full registrant, or (b) practice as a sole and private practitioner.”

The CDBC’s official definition of sole and private practitioner is included in the Policy on Temporary Registration: A registrant of the CDBC, working in any sector (i.e. private, public or not-for-profit sector) who is functioning independently, and in isolation, and without oversight by a CDBC Full registrant.

  • Private Sector
    1. The segment of the economy that is run by individuals and companies, rather than government. This includes small businesses and consultants/contractors. Most private sector organizations are run with the intention of making profit.
  • Public Sector
    1. The segment of the economy under control of government
  • Not-for-profit sector
    1. The segment of the economy run by charities and non-profit organizations. Note: such organizations are more commonly considered part of the private sector.

Q: Is a dietitian with temporary registration (RD(t)) permitted to work in a “sole charge” role?

A: “Sole charge” is a common employment term that is not related to the CDBC bylaws. The term “sole charge” should not be confused with “sole and private practice” as referred to in the Policy on Temporary Registrants.  If the employer has a formal organizations structure in place where the “sole charge” position is directly accountable to a supervisor, such as an RD with full registration status then a temporary registrant with the CDBC may fulfill this sole charge position.