Credentialing of RDNs and NDTRs

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. More than 80,000 dietitians and dietetic technicians across the country and the world have taken CDR exams over the past several decades. CDR currently awards seven separate and distinct credentials: Registered Dietitian (RD); Nutrition Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR); Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR); and Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP), Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG) and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO).

The Commission's RD/NDTR certification programs are fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence based in Washington, D.C. This accreditation, which reflects achievement of the highest standards of professional credentialing.

ACEND Advanced Practice Residency Program

The ACEND Advanced Practice Residency Program (APR) Guidelines were established to foster the development of advanced practice residency programs for registered dietitian nutritionists across the spectrum of dietetics practice. The Academy Foundation has grant-funding available to support institutions interested in starting an Advanced Practice Residency program based on ACEND Guidelines.

More information about establishing an Advanced Practice Residency program can be found below: