Q1: 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 PST. A late fee is incurred upon late renewal, whether you feel you were made aware of renewal deadlines or not. 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 have not 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 cannot access your CDBC profile
- “unsubscribed” from the Constant Contact software that delivers CDBC correspondence.
Q2:What is the difference between Full, Temporary, Non-Practicing status of registration?
|Can I practice?||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Do I need to complete my CCP/JED?||Yes||*Yes||No||No|
|Do I receive correspondence from CDBC?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Can I vote in CDBC elections?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Can I be part of a CDBC committee?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|What kind of signature can I use?||RD||RD(t)||RD (NP)||—|
|Do I need liability insurance?||Yes||Yes||No||No|
Q3: Under what circumstances would I decide not to renew my registration? What are the implications?
There are many reasons why you may choose not to renew registration with the CDBC – maternity/parental leave, career change, travel, etc.
Please review CDBC Policies RC-18: Reinstatement of Former and Non-Practicing Registrants and RC-17: Removed in good standing for details on implications for your career.
Q4: I am a former registrant with the CDBC. Can I renew/reinstate?
Yes. There are conditions to reinstatement that are dependent upon the length of time you have been off the register. Refer to the requirements listed under the Former Registrants section of the website. Refer to RC-18 Reinstatement of Former and Non-Practicing Registrants and QA-02 Continuing Competence Requirement for Reinstatement Within Three Years.
Q5: What is the purpose of the requirement to agree to the Statutory Declarations every year during registration renewal?
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.
- 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 completing and submitting a CCP yearly.
submit a Consent to Criminal Record Recheck to CDBC and completed the Jurisprudence Examination (JED) for Dietitians every 5 years as required.
Q6: Is the Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training Course a requirement for registration with the CDBC?
No, the Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training Course is not a requirement for registration with the CDBC. However, a registrant may include the ICS Training Course as a learning activity if this training contributes to his/her CCP goals. The ICS training is a unique, facilitated on-line training program designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Indigenous people. The goal of the ICS training is to further develop individual competencies and promote positive partnerships. Participants will learn about terminology, diversity, aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools and Indian Hospitals, timeline of historical events, and contexts for understanding social disparities and inequities. Through interactive activities, participants examine culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. Participants will also be introduced to tools for developing more effective communication and relationship building skills. Refer to ICS Training and Cultural Humility for more information.
Q7: 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”.
Q8:How do I inform the CDBC of a change in employer?
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, go to “Update my Employer”
- 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.
- 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?”
Q9: If I’m having trouble renewing my registration, what should I do?
If you have any problems with registration renewal contact the CDBC before proceeding to payment. Your registration renewal must be completed successfully on or before 11:59:59 pm on March 31, otherwise you may not use the title Registered Dietitian and practice dietetics on April 1.
Q10: Why do I have to provide my business contact information to the CDBC?
In accordance to section 21(2) of the Health Professions Act, “the registrar must maintain a register setting out, for every person granted registration under this Act, the following (a) the person’s name, whether the person is a registrant or a former registrant, and, if the person is a registrant, the person’s business address and business telephone number…”
The College’s Privacy Statement provides additional information on how the CDBC complies with BC privacy legislation while meeting its mandate of public protection.
Q11: If I do not renew my registration, am I required to resign from holding an inactive casual position as a dietitian with a Provincial Health Authority?
Because employers and unions may have differing requirements than the College, you are encouraged to consider this an employment question. It is recommended to refer the former registrant to approach the employer to determine employer requirements. Whether a dietitian is required by the employer to maintain registrant status with the College could depend on the type of leave: medical (long-term, short term), maternity/parental leave, leave of absence where the employer may or may not have an obligation to preserve the employee’s position.
Q12: What are some considerations for me, as a CDBC registrant, if I am registered with another regulatory college in another profession?
The CDBC doesn’t have any restrictions regarding dual registrations. You should inform your other regulatory College of your dual registration as scopes of practice may be narrow/limited in one profession as compared to the other. It is also important for you to consider situations where you may have to manage separation of roles/scope in meeting the CDBC’s legislation, policies and guidelines. You are encouraged to contact other regulatory organizations to find out if they set restrictions regarding dual registration as well (may differ among health professions).