Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE)

The Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) is a national examination that tests the necessary knowledge, skill, attitude and judgment required to competently practice dietetics. The CDRE is a requirement for registration in all provinces except Quebec.

Only applicants who have met the requirements for registration and have been approved to the Temporary Register of the College are eligible to register for the CDRE. For information on Requirements for Registration, click here. For information on applying to the College, click here.

The CDRE is a four-hour computer-based multiple-choice examination offered twice a year.  The CDRE is offered in Edmonton, Calgary and other testing centres across Canada. Testing centre locations are subject to change.

Exam Dates

The CDRE is offered over a six-day period in May and November each year. The next sittings of the CDRE are:

  • November 27-December 2, 2017
  • May 14-19, 2018
  • November 26-December 1, 2018

Registration Deadlines

Candidates may choose to write on a day within the exam date range listed above at any location within Canada. Candidates are encouraged to register early as seats are filled on a first come-first serve basis. Registration information will be provided once a Temporary registration has been issued.

Registration deadlines for scheduling the exam will be posted soon.

Requests for special accommodation must be made at the time of application to the Temporary Register.

CDRE Preparation Guide

The CDRE Preparation Guide explains how the examination is designed, the examination process (including sample questions), study guides and references.

The November 2017 CDRE Preparation Guide will be available in July 2017.

National examination committees comprised of provincial representatives set the CDRE. The Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies approves the examination blueprint as well as policies and procedures for administration of the examination, and monitors exam results.