Self-Directed Learning (SDL) Tool

The purpose of the Self-Directed Learning (SDL) Tool is to guide Registered Dietitians' reflection on their practice and professional competence, and to require them to develop plans for professional improvement.

Members use the SDL Tool to:

  • Identify areas of strength; 
  • Identify areas that need improvement; 
  • Evaluate learning plans from the previous year to determine whether specific areas of competence have been met; and 
  • Develop learning plans to enhance specific areas of competence. 


The SDL tool must be submitted online. To access the web-based SDL Tool, log into your Member Dashboard by using your Registration ID and Password and click on “Access to Current Year SDL Tool”. 

Retention of the SDL Tool

Every member must retain a copy of their completed SDL Tool for a period of five years.

Writing SMART Goals Resources

Additional Resources: Writing SMART Goals

Examples of Self-Directed Learning Goals

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Deadline for submission

All General members are required to submit their SDL Tool by October 31 each year. Notification of the submission process for the SDL Tool is emailed to all members in August.  

What if I miss the deadline for submission?

An administration fee of $70.00 is charged to any member who fails to submit their SDL Tool before midnight on October 31. 

Requests for extension in submission of the SDL Tool

You may submit a request for an extension in submitting your SDL Tool by completing the form provided. You must do this one week prior to the October 31 deadline; Requests considered by the Quality Assurance Committee include maternity/parental leave, personal hardship, current hospitalization, illness or bereavement.

In extenuating circumstances, requests received later will be considered.

Requests for exemption from the SDL Tool

Due to prolonged illness or other family crisis, a member may request an exemption from submitting the SDL Tool until they return to practice.