Prince Edward Island Dietitians Registration Board
Prince Edward Island Dietitians Registration Board Prince Edward Island Dietitians Registration Board is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies. The Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies is made up of ten equal and independent dietetic regulatory bodies representing each Canadian province. Authority to regulate dietitians in the ten provinces is set out in respective provincial legislation for public protection. Regulatory bodies are responsible for ensuring the regulatory framework reflects the current dietetic practice environment.
Registration requirements for the profession of dietetics in Prince Edward Island are set out in the Dietitians Act 10 (1) a. They are as follows:
A bachelor’s degree with concentration in nutrition or a similar field of study such as dietetics, food science, etc., from an accredited Canadian University (or equivalent). Click here to view a list of accredited Canadian Degree programs. Degrees received outside of Canada will be assessed to determine equivalency to a Canadian accredited degree program.
A completed dietetic internship from an accredited Canadian internship program (or equivalent) is required. Click here to view a list of accredited Canadian Internship programs. The internship consists of a minimum of 35 weeks of practical experience under the supervision of Registered Dietitians. It is designed to ensure that the competencies required to practise have been acquired in a wide variety of practice areas. Practical training completed outside of Canada will be assessed to determine equivalency to a Canadian accredited internship program.
CANADIAN DIETETIC REGISTRATION EXAM (CDRE)
The national registration exam is taken once a candidate has completed the education and practical training components. The exam is a pass/fail exam and successful completion of exam is required to receive a full practicing license.
Completion of these qualifications must be obtained within five years of the date of application. Beyond five years, the applicant may be required to undertake academic and/or experiential upgrading prior to registration.
GOOD CHARACTER AND REPUTATION
The applicant must be able to demonstrate good character and reputation.
Fluency in English at the professional level is required to ensure language is not a barrier for the applicant to practice dietetics in Prince Edward Island.
Registration for Internationally Educated Dietitians
If you have been trained as a dietitian outside of Canada, the PEI Dieititans Registration Board will require an assessment of your academic and practical training.
There are several steps in the process for registering with the PEI Dieititans Registration Board if you are from another country. Please contact the Registrar to begin the process of applying to PEIDRB and/or obtaining key documents required for your application. A candidate may be required to upgrade academic or practical experience as approved by the PEI Dieititans Registration Board.
The applicant must complete the PEI Dietitians Registration Board application process including the successful completion of the CDRE.
Registration for Canadian-Trained Applicants
For new graduates of a dietetic practical training program who have completed their training in Canada and are planning on practicing in Prince Edward Island, an application for initial registration and licensure with PEI Dietitians Registration Board (PEIDRB) is required.
An applicant must satisfy the registration requirements set out in Section 10(1) of the Dietitians Act and apply to take the next scheduled Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination, or must be awaiting results of this examination.
To verify that a candidate meets the requirements for entry to practice, the candidate will be required to submit official university transcripts, provide verification of practical training and provide any name change documents. These documents must be submitted directly to the PEI Dietitians Registration Board.
To begin the registration process, contact the registrar to access the electronic application. For information on dietitians’ mobility within Canada, review the Agreement on Internal Trade.
Applicants who have paid the appropriate fees and have met all of the registration requirements with the exception of successful completion of the CDRE will be granted a Temporary License with PEIDRB while they are waiting to write the exam. The Temporary License entitles the individual to use the designation RD (candidate) and to practice dietetics up to 8 weeks after the completion of the CDRE.
When an RD candidate with a temporary license passes the CDRE, their Temporary License will be converted to a Full Practising License. If a candidate with a Temporary License does not successfully pass the CDRE, the Registrar will contact him/her to discuss options.
A Temporary Registration carries obligations including, but not limited to, the following:
- to adhere to the Code of Conduct approved by the PEI Dietitians Registration Board;
- to use established Professional Standards adopted by the registration board as a guide for the practice of dietetics;
- to notify the Registrar of any change in name, address and/or employment status; and
- any other obligations approved by the Board.
Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE)
The Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE) is a national examination developed and administered by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies. The CDRE is a requirement for registration in all provinces except Quebec.
The CDRE is a one day multiple choice examination designed to test practice-based knowledge, application, and critical thinking skills required to competently and safely practice dietetics. The CDRE is administered on the second Saturday in May and the first Saturday in November each year at designated sites across Canada.
Candidates must apply to write the exam by completing the PEI Dieititans Registration Board registration application process and submitting the exam fee.
The deadlines for applying to write the exam are March 15 for the May exam and September 1 for the November exam. To apply, contact the PEI Dieititans Registration Board Registrar. In PEI, the examination is written in Charlottetown. The site is determined by the Board. A CDRE Preparation Guide is provided to all exam candidates. The Guide includes policies regarding the exam, sample exam questions, and a reference list.
Click here to view the 2012 Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) Preparation Guide. Please contact PEI Dieititans Registration Board Registrar for a copy of the Guide in French.