Each year, regulated members must submit a complete online registration renewal to the College that includes the registration renewal form, Continuing Competence Program submissions and fees in order to renew their practice permit for the upcoming registration year.
According to the Health Professions Act, if a complete application for renewal of a practice permit is not received prior to midnight on March 31, the practice permit is automatically suspended and the regulated member may not practice. A late renewal penalty fee of $150.00 will be automatically applied. The Act requires that employers be notified when a practice permit is suspended or issued with conditions.
If March 31 falls on a weekend or holiday, mail or in person submissions for payment must be received at the College before the close of business on the last business day prior to March 31.
Effective April 1, access to the online registration renewal pages will be denied and regulated members will be required to contact the College to complete a late registration renewal.
The practice permit is a licence to practice dietetics and use the protected titles of the College in Alberta. An individual may not practice or use the protected titles of the College (Registered Dietitian, Registered Nutritionist, Dietitian or RD) without a practice permit.
The College issues a practice permit to regulated members each year. The permit will indicate the following:
- Name of the College and assurance that the permit is issued under the Health Professions Act,
- Regulated member’s name and registration number,
- Category of the register the regulated member is on,
- Any conditions on the regulated member’s practice permit,
- Whether the regulated member provides any restricted activities
- Expiry date
The Health Professions Act requires that the practice permit be on display where the regulated member provides service or that the regulated member makes the practice permit available for inspection when requested by employers and the public.
The practice permit registration fee is tax deductible, and the College issues income tax receipts along with the practice permit.
Practice permits expire every year on March 31. Regulated members may not practice without a current practice permit.
Resigning from the College
Regulated members who are no longer practicing dietetics or who no longer wish to maintain their registration status can resign in good standing by completing the resignation section of the online registration renewal and informing the Registrar in writing prior to March 31 that they are resigning from the College.
Regulated members who resign may no longer practice dietetics in Alberta or use the protected titles of the College.
Regulated members who resign from the College and wish to reapply for registration at a future date must meet all the registration criteria at the time of their application—which includes examination and current practice requirements.