Internationally Trained Applicant

The International Application route applies to any applicant who has received training at an institution outside of Canada.

The College will assess the qualifications of an internationally trained applicant to determine if the academic preparation and practical training are substantially equivalent to the requirements for registration obtained through accredited Canadian programs. Part of the assessment process includes an in-person College competency assessment for registration conducted at the University of Alberta (UA) which will be based on a basic nutrition knowledge examination as well as diagnostic evaluations using the methodologies of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).

The assessment fee is $600 to be paid to the College once scheduled for the assessment. Please note that you are responsible for any travel, accommodation and personal expenses associated with the assessment. If additional dietetic bridging education is required, course costs are your responsibility.

Documentation provided must be the original documentation, or notarized copies. If documents are in a language other than English, notarized translations must be provided. Any additional costs associated with obtaining the required documentation (ie. external academic assessment, obtaining transcripts and registration documentation) as well as document translation and English language tests are the responsibility of the applicant.

Are you ready to apply to CDA for assessment?

Complete the online self-assessment tool to help you decide if you are ready to apply to the College for an eligibility assessment.

Click here to begin the Internationally Trained Applicant Self-Assessment Tool

In order to complete the assessment, an international applicant will need to submit the following:

  1. Completed Application Form including required fee and additional application documentation (provided below).
    1. Application forms (ALL forms below are required - click on the links below)
      1. Application for Registration (International)
      2. Internship Information Summary
      3. Currency of Qualifications Information
      4. Practical Experience Summary Information and Sample
    2. You must have Adobe Reader installed to view these documents.
    3. You may choose to complete the forms online and print before signing and returning the original to the College office.

  2. Academic Assessment
    Internationally trained applicants must apply to an approved assessment agency for a preliminary assessment of academic credentials. When completing the application, the College recommends requesting a Comprehensive Course by Course Report and request an assessment certificate, original documentation and notarized copies be sent directly to the College.  To request an assessment contact:

    International Qualifications Assessment
    Service (IQAS)

    9th Floor, 108 Street Building
    9942 108 Street
    Edmonton, AB
    T5K 2J5   CANADA

    Phone: 780-427-2655
    Fax: 780-422-9734
    Website: IQAS website
    World Education Services (WES)
    45 Charles Street East, Suite 700
    Toronto, Ontario
    M4Y 1S2   CANADA
    Phone: 1-866-343-0070
    Fax: 1-416-972-9004

    Other approved assessment services include: Comparative Education Services (CES) and International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

  3. Official Transcripts and Course Descriptions
    Applicants will need to provide the College with official transcripts confirming each degree obtained and the year it was awarded along with University Calendar detailed course descriptions and course outlines to assist in the detailed course review. The College uses the information you submit to determine whether you meet the academic requirements for registration with the College. Be sure to submit sufficient detail for an adequate assessment of your educational qualifications.

  4. Practical Training /Internship verification
    Applicants must provide a letter from the internship director confirming successful completion of an internship program and date of completion along with outlining the total length of program, length of time spent in each practice area. The written confirmation should be on letterhead and signed and dated by the internship director. Applicants must also provide a detailed summary of their practical training including duration, rotations, facilities and experiential activities (forms will be provided by the College). The College uses the information you submit to determine whether you meet the practice requirements for registration with the College. Be sure to submit sufficient detail for an adequate assessment of your practical training.

  5. Language Fluency
    An applicant whose language of instruction is other than English must provide a verification of the result obtained on either a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The verification of the result must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the College, or submitted in a sealed envelope bearing the educational institution letterhead. The verification must be an original document or notarized copy. Click here for English Language Fluency Information.

  6. Police Information Check obtained within previous 1 year of application. Click here to complete a MyBackCheck online.

  7. Resume/CV

  8. Work Experience and Continuing Education Verification (if applicable)
    If possible, applicants are encouraged to provide details of education activities undertaken within the past three years prior to application that relate directly to dietetic practice. Also, provide details of work experience obtained within the past three years prior to application that relate directly to dietetic practice and at a level that would be expected of a practicing Dietitian.

  9. Prior Registration (if applicable)