Kentucky Nutritionist and Dietitian Certification & License - KY
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Kentucky Nutritionist Certification and Licensing

*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

Why become certified as a nutritionist or dietitian in the state of Kentucky? According to the American Dietetic Association, certification not only protects patients and clients of nutrition and dietetic professionals throughout Kentucky and the US, but also provides and upholds the high standards that America’s nutrition professionals hold themselves to.

The Kentucky Dietetic Association requires that all dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) complete the examination, education and registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the examining agency of the American Dietetic Association. Kentucky does not require a state examination and registration. The KDA uses the national certification process administered by the CDR.

Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR and the KDA are as follows:

  1. Earn a four-year bachelor’s degree or higher composed of courses approved by the ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).
  2. Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship.
  3. Successfully pass the national exam administered by the CDR.
  4. Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certified status with the ADA and KDA.

All national information on certification can be found here on

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