Registration requirements for the profession of dietetics are set out in the Registered Dietitians and Registered Nutritionists Profession Regulation. They are as follows:
Education: A 4-year Bachelors degree with a focus in Foods and Nutrition from an accredited Canadian University (or equivalent). Click here to view a list of accredited Canadian Degree programs. Degrees received outside of Canada will be assessed to determine equivalency to a Canadian accredited degree program.
Internship/ Practicum: A completed dietetic internship from an accredited Canadian internship program (or equivalent). Click here to view a list of accredited Canadian Internship programs. The internship consists of a minimum of 40 to 45 weeks of practical experience gained under the supervision of RDs that is designed to ensure that the competencies required to practice have been acquired in a wide variety of practice areas. Practical training completed outside of Canada will be assessed to determine equivalency to a Canadian accredited internship program.
Currency: Completion of these qualifications obtained within the three years prior to the date of application or the applicant may be required to undertake academic and/or experiential upgrading prior to registration.
Good Character and Reputation: The applicant must be able to demonstrate good character and reputation. This involves a declaration at the time of application and submission of a current Police Information Check.
English Language: Fluency in English at the professional level is required to ensure language does not create a barrier to the applicant to practice dietetics in Alberta. Where the language of instruction for dietetic education was not English, the applicant must be able to demonstrate fluency in English at a professional level.