Illinois 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.
Why work towards a nutritionist or dietitian certification in the state of Illinois? Why begin a four-year bachelor’s degree or continue with a master’s in nutrition, dietetics, public health, health science or fitness degree? There are over 1 million reasons in the state of Illinois alone.
Because for the second straight decade, according to the Illinois Department of Health, the number of overweight and obese individuals in the state have continued to increase. Those who wish to make a difference should look seriously at a degree in nutrition science or a related degree. Those who are already in the industry are encouraged to look into a master’s degree or higher, as you will undoubtedly be leading the way to a healthier tomorrow.
The Illinois Department of Health and Welfare and the Illinois Dietetic Association require that all practicing dietitians are registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the American Dietetic Association’s official licensing body. Illinois, 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 Illinois State Board of Licensing