The Saskatchewan Dietitians Association
The Saskatchewan Dietitians Association (SDA) is the regulatory body for Registered Dietitians in the province of Saskatchewan. The government of Saskatchewan has delegated the responsibility for regulating the practice of dietitians to SDA through the Dietitians Act.
SDA regulates the over 300 dietitians who work in Saskatchewan in various settings such as hospitals, long term care, primary care centers, community health and private practice.
Registration with SDA
The Saskatchewan Dietitians Association (SDA) establishes the education and training requirements that are required for entry into the profession of dietetics in Saskatchewan. Registration with the SDA assures the public and employers that an individual has met the academic and practical training standards.
All applicants to SDA must pay the $105 application fee and the appropriate licensing fee. Annual licensing fees (April 1-March 31) are $300. If you register after October 1, the licensing fee is $150. If you resign from SDA prior to October 1, you are eligible for a $150 refund of your licensing fee.
SDA has three categories of licenses:
- Full Practicing Licence
- Restricted Licence and
- Temporary Licence.
SDA also has an Honorary Lifetime Affiliate classification for members who have retired. It is not a licence to practice, but a way of staying connected to the dietetics profession in Saskatchewan.
SDA has an online registration and payment process which can be accessed here.
Registration requirements for the profession of dietetics in Saskatchewan are set out in the SDA Bylaws. They are as follows:
Education: A 4-year Bachelor’s degree with a focus on Food and Nutrition 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.
Internship/ Practicum: A completed dietetic internship from an accredited Canadian internship program (or equivalent). 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 practice 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 you have 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 licence.
Currency: Completion of these qualifications must be obtained within three years of the date of application. Beyond three 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.
English Language: Fluency in English at the professional level is required to ensure language is not a barrier for the applicant to practice dietetics in Saskatchewan. When the language of instruction for dietetic education is not English, the applicant must be able to demonstrate fluency in English at a professional level.
SDA Application Form
Click to access the SDA application form. Payment can be done online with credit card or you can choose to mail your cheque to the SDA office.
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 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 first Saturday in November each year at designated sites across Canada.
Candidates must apply to write the exam by submitting the exam application form and $400 exam fee. The deadlines for applying to write the exam are April 1 for the May exam and October 1 for the November exam. To obtain an application form, contact the SDA office ([email protected]).
In Saskatchewan, the examination is written in either Saskatoon or Regina. The site is determined by the preference of the candidates.
A CDRE Preparation Guide is provided to all exam candidates about six weeks prior to the exam. The Guide includes the policies regarding the exam, sample exam questions and a reference list.
如果在加拿大境外国家接受营养师培训，SDA将根据Combined Checklist和Steps to Licensing Handout中的过程对学术及实践培训进行评估。
Registration for Internationally Educated Dietitians
If you have been trained as a dietitian outside of Canada, SDA will assess your academic and practical training using the process described in the Combined Checklist and Steps to Licensing Handout.
There are several steps in the process for registering with SDA if you are from another country. Please contact the Registrar([email protected]) before beginning the process of applying to SDA and/or obtaining key documents required for your application.
Internationally Educated Health Professionals - Steps to Licensing - Registered Dietitians
A Registered Dietitian (RD or PDt) is a health professional who is an expert in food and nutrition and has extensive scientific knowledge in biochemistry, physiology, lifestyle and health behaviours. In Canada the titles “Registered Dietitian” (RD) or “Professional Dietitian” (PDt) are protected by law. Registered Dietitians in Saskatchewan are licensed by the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association (SDA).
Definition: Dietitians develop, administer and supervise nutrition and food preparation programs in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, company cafeterias or similar settings. They also provide nutrition counseling for individuals and groups and consulting to health professionals, dietetic interns, community groups, government, media and individuals. Other duties include developing educational materials for students and the general public and planning, evaluating and conducting nutrition education programs. Some dietitians and nutritionists participate on health care teams both to determine nutritional needs of patients and to plan therapeutic diets and menus. Some in this field also study and analyze current scientific nutritional studies and conduct research to improve the nutritional value, taste, appearance and preparation of food. [National Occupation Classification 313]
Dietitians can work in many different settings including but not limited to community, public health, acute care, home care, long term care, industry, government, media, education, administration, research and private practice. They act to maintain and promote the health of individuals, groups and the community. Dietitians may influence policy development, direct nutrition programs, manage food service areas and provide information or education to clients and other team members on nutrition and food choices. Dietitians contribute to mentoring future dietetic professionals. For more information on dietitians and their various roles please visit the Dietitians of Canada website at www.dietitians.ca.
- Successful completion of an accredited university degree in foods/nutrition (or equivalent) recognized by SDA…
- Successful completion of an accredited program of practical training (or equivalent) recognized by SDA.
- Successful completion of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE).
17-2010 7th Ave
Regina, Saskatchewan S4R 1C2
Steps to Licensing
1. Contact the Regulatory Body
Contact the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association (SDA) at the address below or by emailing the SDA Registrar ([email protected]):
17-2010 7th Ave
Regina, Saskatchewan S4R 1C2
2. Documents and Credentials
The first step is to have your education credentials evaluated by a credential assessment agency.
- Education records are to be sent directly from the credential assessment agency to SDA. Contact the SDA office for the list of approved credential assessment agencies. The assessment must demonstrate that you have the equivalent of a Canadian undergraduate degree from a verified university and program before further evaluation will be completed.
Once you have received a favourable assessment from a credential assessment agency, you will have a more detailed assessment completed by SDA through review of the following:
- completed assessment form (includes contact information for 3 references and any dietetic organizations you have previously been registered in)
- transcripts sent directly from the university to SDA
- course descriptions of courses listed on the transcripts
- letter verifying completion of practical training sent directly from the internship coordinator to SDA
- copy of internship/practicum manual sent directly from the internship coordinator to SDA
- current resume
- Internship Program Log (form included in assessment package)
- Dietetic Competency Summary (form included in assessment package)
Translation of Document
- All documents not written in English need to be translated by a recognized translator and sent directly to SDA (refer to table)
- Applicant to arrange English fluency testing if language of instruction is in a language other than English. Results sent directly from the testing agency to SDA. Contact SDA for a list of accepted tests Interview
- Once the initial education and practical training assessment has been completed, an interview will be conducted with the applicant to review the details of their assessment package.
3. Skills Assessment & Examinations
The Registration Committee and/or assessment company approved by the Registration Committee may conduct any assessment it deems necessary to assess the applicant. This may range from an interview to more extensive observational assessment.
Exam (to be written after the candidate is accepted as a restricted member):
- Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam - Exam fee: $400
4. Additional Training
- If the applicant is not eligible for a Restricted License, SDA may request the applicant to complete upgrading at the applicant’s cost.
5. Licenses & Fees
- If the applicant meets all of the criteria for registration, the regulator may give approval to work with a Restricted License, until the candidate can write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE).
- Once the applicant has successfully completed the CDRE, they will receive a Full Practicing License.
- Unsuccessful applicants may appeal in writing to the SDA Board within 30 days of being informed of the decision.
- Academic and Practical Training Assessment Fee $350 ($150 Academic, $200 Practical Training)
- Application Fee $105
- Annual Licensing Fee $300
- Initial assessment for a Restricted License varies, but once all the appropriate documentation is submitted, assessment is typically completed within 6 weeks.
- Applicants with a Restricted License can practice until the next writing of the CDRE which is in the spring and fall of each year. The applicant will be notified within 10-12 weeks of writing the exam as to whether or not they have passed or failed. If the applicant passes, their license will automatically be changed to a Full Practicing License. Applicants are only permitted three attempts to pass the exam.
- If upgrading is required after the initial assessment, the applicant must submit all appropriate documentation to the Registration Committee to verify completion. The length of time an applicant has to finish their upgrading will depend on when they completed their academic and practical training. This will be determined once the assessment is completed. The applicant’s training is defined as being current if it is completed within the last three years. The applicant must ensure they meet the three year time frame from the completion date of their academic and/or practical training to the completion of their upgrading. Otherwise, additional upgrading will be required.