Obtaining Dietetics Credentials with a Foreign Degree

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires individuals with foreign degrees (those that have been educated outside the United States and its territories) meet specific educational requirements and follow a unique process to obtain Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Registered Dietitian (RD) or Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) or Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) credentials. Learn more about:

  • Education and Credentialing Requirements: Includes answers to common questions about reciprocity agreements, the credentialing process, verification statements, educational program requirements and more.
  • International Membership: Includes answers to common questions about the Academy's membership verification process, the "international" category of membership, membership reciprocity and more.

General Questions About the CDR, ACEND and the Academy

What is the Commission on Dietetic Registration?

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. CDR is a member of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA establishes and monitors adherence to stringent national standards for certifying bodies that attest to the competence of certificants. CDR’s Class A membership in the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since the early 1980s reflects achievement of the highest standards of professional credentialing and places the Commission among a select group of certification elite. Consistently at the forefront of credentialing policy and technology, the Commission has led the way in certifying that registered dietitians and dietetic technicians have acquired, maintained, and continue to advance their professional skills within their chosen area of practice. Individuals seeking the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Registered Dietitian (RD), Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR), or Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) credential must complete the education and credentialing requirements established by CDR.

What is the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics?

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) sets Standards of Education for entry-level dietetics education and is the accrediting body for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND® is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education programs recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). Continued recognition by USDE since 1974 affirms that ACEND® is a reliable authority as to the quality of dietetics education program that it accredits. Programs accredited by ACEND® meet the education requirements established by CDR. Both ACEND® and CDR operate independently of the governing bodies of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

What is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917, by a visionary group of women dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public's health and nutrition during World War I. Today, the Academy has 75,000 members — registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered, and other dietetics professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics, and students — and is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

This fact sheet was prepared by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.