FAQs About Verification Statements

What Is the Purpose of the Verification Statement?

The signed verification statement documents that an individual has completed the requirements of a nutrition and dietetics education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®). The verification statement allows an individual:

  • To establish eligibility for a Dietetic Internship program: The completion of ACEND® Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements and at least a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent are necessary for eligibility to enter an ACEND®-accredited Dietetic Internship program. When the director of a DPD signs a verification statement, she/he also is verifying that the individual has completed at least a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally-accredited college/university or foreign equivalent.
  • To establish eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetic technicians: A verification statement is required by the Commission on Dietetic Registration upon completion of the ACEND®-accredited Coordinated Program (CP), Dietetic Internship (DI), Future Education Model Graduate Program (FG), Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Program (DT), Future Education Model Bachelor's Program (FB), Future Education Model Associate Program (FA), Didactic Program in Dietetics with an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP), International Dietitian Education Program (IDE) or Foreign Dietitian Education Program (FDE) to indicate completion of academic or supervised practice requirements for eligibility to write the registration examination.
  • To establish eligibility for membership in The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (The Academy): A verification statement is required when applying for Active membership in The Academy.

Who Can Sign Verification Statements?

Verification statements can be signed only by current program directors of ACEND®-accredited nutrition and dietetics education programs in an ink color other than black.

When are Verification Statements Signed and Disseminated?

Program Directors must issue the verification statement as soon as possible after students complete the program. Any student who successfully completes an ACEND®-accredited nutrition and dietetics education program must automatically be given the specified number of completed, signed verification statements; students should not have to ask for a verification statement. Each graduate should keep an original signed verification statement in a secure place as a permanent record.

Program directors must keep a paper or electronic file with an original signed verification statement for each individual issued one. This is necessary to protect both the program and the program director from a possible grievance and the student from being denied access to credentialing if additional verification statements are needed by a student at a future date.

DPD — Baccalaureate Degree Level

For students earning their baccalaureate degree, verification statements must be issued when the student has completed DPD requirements and the registrar has cleared the student for graduation, which indicates that all degree requirements also have been completed.

For students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree at a U.S. regionally-accredited college/university or foreign equivalent, a verification statement can be given upon completion of DPD requirements.

For a DPD offering an ISPP, a verification statement must be given after the student has completed ISPP requirements. "DPD with an Individualized Supervised Practice (ISPP)" must be checked on the verification statement.

DPD — Master's Degree Level

For students earning their master's degree, verification statements must be issued when the student has completed the DPD requirements and the registrar has cleared the student for graduation, which indicates that all graduate degree requirements have also been completed. 

For students who have previously completed a master's degree at a U.S. regionally-accredited college/university or foreign equivalent, a verification statement can be given upon completion of DPD requirements.

For a DPD offering an ISPP, a verification statement must be given after the student has completed ISPP requirements. "DPD with an Individualized Supervised Practice (ISPP)" must be checked on the verification statement.

DI Programs

The verification statement is given at the completion of the DI when all program requirements (supervised practice and graduate degree, if required) have been met.

CP — Baccalaureate Degree Level

For students earning their baccalaureate degree, verification statements must be issued when the student has completed the CP requirements (didactic and supervised practice) and the registrar has cleared the student for graduation, which indicates that all degree requirements have also been
completed.

For students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree at a U.S. regionally-accredited college/university or foreign equivalent, a verification statement can be given upon completion of CP requirements (didactic and supervised practice).

CP — Master's Degree Level

For students earning their master's degree, verification statements must be issued when the student has completed CP requirements (didactic and supervised practice) and the registrar has cleared the student for graduation, which indicates that all graduate degree requirements have also been completed.

For students who have previously completed a master's degree at a U.S. regionally-accredited college/university or foreign equivalent, a verification statement can be given upon completion of CP requirements (didactic and supervised practice).

FG Programs — Master's or Doctoral Degree Level

For students earning their master's or doctoral degree under a FG Program, verification statements must be issued when the student has completed the FG Program requirements (didactic and experiential learning) and the registrar has cleared the student for graduation, which indicates that all graduate degree requirements have also been completed.

DT Programs

For students earning their associate degree, verification statements must be issued when the student has completed the DT Program requirements (didactic and supervised practice) and the registrar has cleared the student for graduation, which indicates that all degree requirements have also been completed.

For students who have previously completed an associate or higher degree at a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent, a verification statement can be given upon completion of the DT Program requirements (didactic and supervised practice).

FB Programs

For students earning their bachelor's degree, verification statements must be issued when the student has completed the FB Program requirements (didactic and experiential learning) and the registrar has cleared the student for graduation, which indicates that all degree requirements have also been completed.

FA Programs

For students earning their associate degree, verification statements should be issued when the student has completed the FA Program requirements (didactic and experiential learning) and the registrar has cleared the student for graduation, which indicates that all degree requirements have also been completed.

Are There Additional Steps for Issuing Verification Statements to Individuals Who Have Been Educated Outside the United States and Its Territories?

Yes. Individuals who have earned college and/or university degrees outside the United States and its territories must have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service to determine if their degree is equivalent to a degree granted by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States (refer to Nonprofit Validation Agencies that perform this service).

In addition to providing evidence that the individual has attained at least the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree, the foreign transcript evaluation may provide information for the program director concerning courses that may fulfill program requirements. Validation of a foreign degree does not eliminate the need for verification of completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, Dietetic Internship, Coordinated Program, Future Graduate, Future Bachelor's or Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Program requirements.

Who Determines the Requirements for Program Completion?

Program directors are responsible for evaluating transcripts or prior experience and determining coursework and/or supervised experiences/experiential learning experiences that students must complete to fulfill current curriculum requirements for their program. Because coursework and/or supervised practice experiences/experiential learning experiences needed to complete program requirements may vary from program to program, students must complete the current requirements of the program from which they will receive the verification statement.

Note that CDR uses the highest degree earned to establish eligibility to take the credentialing exam. If an individual does not have evidence of completing a bachelor's degree but provides transcripts showing completion of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, CDR would accept this to meet degree completion requirements. However, if the program or institution has its own policies that require verification of completion of a bachelor's degree prior to issuing a verification statement then the program would need to abide by those policies.

Can Verification Statements be Pre-Dated?

No. Verification statements that are signed and dated prior to program completion will be considered invalid. The date on which the verification statement is signed must correspond to, or follow, the date all program requirements were completed.

How Can Fraudulent Use of Verification Statements Be Prevented?

To prevent the fraudulent use of the verification statements, please pay careful attention to the following:

  • Retain all verification statements in a secure, locked location.
  • Sign all verification statements in an ink color other than black.
  • Use an institutional stamp or school seal, when available.
  • Do not provide blank verification statements to students.
  • Do not post blank verification statements on a website or in a student handbook.

Is There an Expiration Date for Verification Statements and How Long Must They Be Kept on File?

Verification statements do not expire; however, individual programs, such as Dietetic Internship or Future Graduate Programs may have different admission requirements related to recency of education for particular courses.

Verification statements must be kept indefinitely either as a hard copy and/or an electronic copy. If the verification statement is scanned, it must be scanned as a color copy.


Source: ACEND®/September 2018