Internationally Educated Dietitians

To practice dietetics in Canada, all Dietitians must be registered with a regulatory college, such as the College of Dietitians of British Columbia (CDBC).

The primary duty of the CDBC is to protect the public of British Columbia by regulating Dietitians. The term “Dietitian” is a reserved title protected by law.  Only individuals registered with a dietetic regulatory college, such as the CBDC, may use this title. The reserved title means that Dietitians have met strict registration requirements, and have a high level of expertise for providing safe, ethical, science-backed nutrition services.  In British Columbia, Dietitians are regulated under the Health Professions Act, Dietitians Regulation and the CDBC Bylaws.

Internationally Educated Dietitians wishing to register with the CDBC must undergo an “Assessment for Registration” as part of the registration process (see Figure 1). As per section 41(4)(b) of the CDBC Bylaws, an applicant’s education, practical training and work experience are assessed for “substantial equivalence” to current Canadian dietetic education and practical training.  For more information, please review the Assessment for Registration Information and the Frequently Asked Questions - Assessment for Registration documents.

Figure 1: Steps to Registration - Internationally Educated DietitiansIED Assessment Steps

If you are interested in applying for an assessment for registration, please review the Registration Assessment Application Information Guide and complete the Registration Assessment Application form.

Please note - the College is not able to provide guidance regarding assessment of qualifications or upgrading to those who have not completed dietetics programs.


Competence Self-assessment Process (CSAP)

The CSAP was originally developed by the CDBC Registration Committee and a consultant through the Essential Competencies Registration Project, a project funded by the BC Government from 2007 to 2009. On April 18, 2011, the Registration Committee approved the CSAP as its new registration process.

In 2013, the Essential Competencies were replaced by the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP). The CDBC updated the Essential Competencies to Integrated Competencies in the current CSAP thanks to a generous grant from the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

The CSAP is available to:

  • internationally-educated dietitians,
  • dietitians who graduated from a non-accredited program in the USA,
  • former CDBC registrants returning to practice after three years, and
  • former dietitians who are registering with the CDBC for the first time.


The CSAP has been approved by the CDBC Registration Committee and Board of Directors as the College’s current process for assessing the knowledge and skills of these applicants. This evaluation process allows applicants to compare their combined dietetic education, practical training and work experience to recognized standards of current Canadian dietetic practice. It also enables the CDBC to verify competence in all areas of dietetic practice and determine self-directed learning needs to bridge any gaps in knowledge and skills necessary to meet the CDBC registration requirements.


Competence Self-Assessment (CSA) questionnaire

The Competence Self-Assessment (CSA) questionnaire sets out the competence requirements for registration in clear, specific, measurable terms. The questionnaire is based on the nationally accepted Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP).


Competence Self-Verification (CSV) Case Studies

The CSV case studies test competence relative to the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP). The ICDEP represent entry level practice performance expectations. The CSV results are verified by the CDBC through a rigorous process that is based on principles of fairness, consistency and transparency. Updated criteria for the CSV case studies was approved by the CDBC Board of Directors on March 14, 2014.


Self-Directed Learning Plan


Registration Assessment Application Forms


Registration Assessment Resources


Credential Evaluation


Orientation to Dietetic Practice in BC