Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination

The Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) is a computer-based multiple-choice exam required by every Canadian Province, except Quebec. The exam is offered twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Due to the various provincial public health considerations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges associated with long-term planning for in-person gatherings, the November 2021 CDRE will be an online, remote-proctored exam. Candidates will take this four-hour, computer-based exam on either November 22-23, 2021, from their personal computer. 

Key Dates

Activity/Timeline Important Dates
Exam Dates: November 22-23, 2021.

Choosing an exam date - Once eligible, you will schedule your exam on one of two days
You must schedule your exam date by using the online exam scheduling window which will be open from September 13 to November 12, 2021.
IMPORTANT: Candidates who do not schedule their exam date by November 12,  2021, will be transferred to the May 2022 exam, and may be subject to a transferring administrative fee of $55.
Deadline for the College to receive your Application Form and all required documents.
Non-Accredited Programs Applicants: August 23, 2021

Accredited Program Applicants: October 25, 2021.
Deadline to pay CDRE fees  November 1, 2021.

As of November 2, the fees received will be applied towards the May 2022 exam.
Deadline to submit request for special accommodations to write the CDRE. This includes receipt of your Application Form, registration documents, and all supporting materials as required in Appendix D "CDRE Candidates Requiring Accommodations" of the  CDRE Preparation Guide. September 27, 2021.

Please start your application process early to ensure you meet the College's deadline dates.

Exam Preparation Guide

Take time to review the CDRE Preparation Guide for detailed information on the CDRE policies and procedures, as well as how to prepare for the CDRE.

Qualifying for the Exam

To qualify for the exam, you must apply to be a member of the College, meet all the requirements for membership, and receive confirmation that you are eligible to write the exam. Click here for information on applying to the College.

  • A candidate must successfully complete the examination within four years of being deemed eligible. 
  • An applicant who fails the exam on the first attempt may write it a second time. 
  • An applicant who fails on the second attempt is not eligible to continue in the examination process without further education and training and a new application to the College. 
  • A candidate may attempt the exam no more than three times.

Special Accommodations

If you have a disability, temporary disability or a special condition and wish to request a special accommodation, you must request this in writing by the examination application deadline. The request must be from a regulated health professional, who is specialized in assessing individuals with the type of disability or special condition.

A request for accommodation related to breastfeeding does not require documentation from a regulated health professional, but a written request outlining the accommodation is required.
Please refer to Appendix D ‘CDRE Candidates Requiring Accommodation’ within the CDRE Preparation Guide for the complete procedure and process on requesting an accommodation.

Exam Format

  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, candidates will take the May 2021 CDRE, from their personal computer via a remote-proctored process.
  • The CDRE is a computer-based, multiple choice exam.
  • It is written over four hours, divided into 2 two-hour parts with a 15 minute break between part 1 and part 2.
  • The CDRE is bilingual. Candidates will be able to view all questions in both English and French.

Technology Requirements

Candidates seeking to write the CDRE may check the technology requirements HERE. Once scheduled to take the exam, you will be able to log into an account where you will be able to test your technology's ability to connect with the online remote proctor system.

Candidates should test the internet connection at the testing station you intend to write the CDRE. You MUST ensure an internet speed of at least 5 Mbps or higher is available. Anything lower than 5 Mbps will not ensure optimal performance during the examination. If your speeds are lower than what is required, you are recommended to find a better internet connection prior to the beginning of your examination. You can test your connection speed using one of the following 3 sites:

For any questions, please email

Response Timelines: The registration team will respond to your inquiry (received by email or phone) within five business days. We appreciate your patience until we respond to your inquiry.