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. 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.

The CDRE is a computerized, one-day multiple-choice examination. The CDRE is offered over a two-day period beginning the second Friday in May and the first Friday in November each year in Edmonton, Calgary and other sites across Canada. Application deadlines are below:

May sitting of CDRE

March 15 – Deadline to submit application form to the College office*.
March 30 – Deadline for approval of application by the College.

November sitting of CDRE

September 15 – Deadline to submit application form to the College office*.
September 30 – Deadline for approval of application by the College.

*The first application deadline is when the application form and fees are due to the College. If you have not yet completed your internship, you may indicate on the application form that official documents from your university/program will follow. All documentation must be received by the approval deadline in order to write the next sitting of the exam.

Next sittings of the CDRE:

  • May 12-13, 2017
  • November 27-December 2, 2017
  • May 14-19, 2018

CDRE Preparation Guide

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

CDRE Preparation Guide (English)

CDRE Preparation Guide (French)

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.