Idaho Nutritionist Certification and License
*Do not assume that any schools and programs listed on this site are a path to obtaining the RD credential. For credential information on actual schools that offer programs to the RD credential, view the ADA's official website at www.eatright.org.
According to the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, as of 2007 over 63 percent of the state’s adults were considered overweight while over 25 percent were clinically obese. Without numbers for 2009, we can assume that these numbers have risen, as the trend has been upward for the past two decades. Idaho is like many other states across North America that needs the help of certified nutrition and dietetic professionals more than ever. A certification ensures that Idaho is receiving the best possibly quality care from its nutrition professionals.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Idaho Dietetic Association require that all practicing dietitians are registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the American Dietetic Association’s official licensing body. Idaho, like many states, does not require a state-specific examination or registration process. The state instead recognizes the certification process of the CDR.
Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR and the HDA are as follows:
- Completion of an acceptable four-year degree or higher focused on nutrition science, dietetics or closely related field
- Completion of the CDR's registration examination for dietitians
- Registration with the Idaho State Board of Licensing