A Registered Dietitian is a health professional who is an expert in food and nutrition and has extensive scientific knowledge in biochemistry, human physiology, lifestyle and health behaviours
In order to be licenced to practice in Saskatchewan using the titles Dietitian, Registered Dietitian (RD) or Professional Dietitian (P.Dt), registration with SDA is mandatory. Registered dietitians are the only regulated nutrition professionals in Saskatchewan and have a minimum of five years post secondary education.
For the most reliable nutrition advice, ask to see a Registered Dietitian and look for the RD or P.Dt. credential. For more information on careers in dietetics, see the Dietitians of Canada website at: www.dietitians.ca
Becoming a Registered Dietitan (RD)
To become licenced as a Registered Dietitian in Saskatchewan, applicants must be fluent in English, meet good character/reputation requirements and obtain the following:
1. Approved Academic Program- Bachelor’s degree in nutrition/dietetics from a Canadian university accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (or substantially equivalent). This degree typically includes courses in the following areas: humanities, communications, biology, statistics, management, general and organic chemistry, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry, advanced human nutrition, professional practice, community health and food service administration.
2. Approved practical training program- Practicum that is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (or substantially equivalent). Practicum typically consists of a minimum of 35 weeks of practical experience completed under the supervision of Registered Dietitians and in a variety of practice settings (i.e. food service, clinical, community, public health and research).
3. Successful completion of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE). The CDRE is a national registration exam with two sittings each year (May and November). The CDRE is a one day multiple choice examination designed to test practice-based knowledge, application and critical thinking skills required to competently and safely practice nutrition and dietetics.
In Saskatchewan, training to become a Registered Dietitian is offered at the University of Saskatchewan. To find out more about the Nutrition Program at the University of Saskatchewan, click here.
Click here to view a list of all accredited dietetic education academic programs in Canada.
Click here to view a list of all of the accredited dietetic education practical training programs in Canada.