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 schedule for the next sitting of 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 testing centres across Canada. Testing centre locations are subject to change. To view a list of the testing centres, click here. Please be advised, the College office does not set or manage the testing centres.

Exam Dates

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

Registration Deadlines

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for Temporary Registration and the CDRE well in advance of finishing their internship so that, as soon as they have completed internship and are approved to the Temporary Register, candidates can schedule their seat for the exam early within the scheduling period (see dates below). Seats for the CDRE are filled on a first come-first serve basis. Exam scheduling information will be provided once a Temporary Registration has been issued. Candidates may choose to write on a day within the exam date range listed above at any location within Canada. All seat availability is managed by the scheduling agency, Pearson Vue.

Applicants must have submitted a complete application to the College office prior to the registration deadline below in order to schedule a seat for the CDRE.

November 2020 CDRE deadlines

  • Friday, October 23, 2020 – deadline to submit CDRE Accommodations request
  • Friday, November 6, 2020 – deadline to have a complete application within the College office
  • Scheduling period for CDRE seats – begins August 24, 2020 and can be completed up until the CDRE exam dates, pending availability of a seat

CDRE Accommodations

A candidate who has a disability, 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 October 23, 2020. The written request must include the following information:

i) Completion of Form A: Candidate Application for Testing Accommodation (Appendix E) by the candidate; and
ii) Completion of Form B: Candidate Application for Testing Accommodation-Mental of Physical Disability Related Needs Form (Appendix F) by the candidate’s health care provider

The decision to approve or deny an accommodation request will be made by the Alliance.

For more information on the accommodation policy and the required information and forms for the request, please review the CDRE Preparation Guide or contact the College office.

CDRE Preparation Guide

The CDRE Preparation Guide explains how the examination is designed, the examination process (including sample questions), study guides and references. This is the only resource provided to applicants and approved by the College for preparation for the CDRE.

The CDRE Preparation Guide (May 2020) can be found here (English) and here (French).

Candidates for the CDRE may also access the Computer-Based Testing Demonstration Guide here (English) and here (French). The online demo will be available once you have received your Authorization to Test email from Pearson Vue.

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.