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.

Exam Dates

The CDRE is offered in May and November each year. The next sitting of the CDRE is:

  • November 22-23, 2021

Registration Deadlines

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for Temporary Registration and the CDRE 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. 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.

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 2021 CDRE Deadlines

  • September 13 to November 12, 2021 – scheduling window with Yardstick for approved candidates of the CDRE
  • Monday, September 27, 2021 – deadline to submit CDRE Accommodations request
  • Friday, November 5, 2021 – deadline to have a complete application within the College office

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 September 27, 2021. The written request must include the information contained within the required forms (click here to access the forms):

i) Completion of Form A: Candidate Application for Testing Accommodation (Appendix D) by the candidate; and
ii) Completion of Form B: Candidate Application for Testing Accommodation-Mental of Physical Disability Related Needs Form (Appendix E) 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 2021) can be found here (English) and here (French).

Technology Requirements

Candidates for the CDRE may review ProctorU’s technology requirements here ( Once scheduled for the CDRE, candidates will be able to log-on to an account with ProctorU to test their technology’s ability to connect with the online remote proctor system.

Candidates should test the internet connection at their testing station to ensure a speed of at least 5 Mbps or higher is available. Anything lower than 5 Mbps will not ensure optimal performance during the examination. Candidates are recommended to find an appropriate testing station that meets minimum internet connection prior to the beginning of your examination. You can test your connection speed using one of the following 3 sites:

Please contact the College office as soon as possible if you cannot access a computer and writing location with the required internet speed.


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.