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*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

Maine is not all lobster and clam chowder these days. Residents are eating smarter and living healthier lifestyles than ever before. Part of the reason for this change is a new focus on nutrition and the growth in the profession of nutritionists and dietitians. Maine’s residents are turning more and more to nutrition professionals for assistance with ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and especially obesity. Many of Maine’s parents are turning to nutrition professionals for help feeding and caring for their children, attempting to break the cycle of overweight and obese children turning into obese adults.

It is important the nutrition and dietetic professionals become registered and certified. This allows the public the assurance that they are getting the best treatment and information possible. The Maine Dietetic Association requires that all dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) working in the state complete the examination, education and registration guidelines of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the examining agency of the American Dietetic Association.

Maine does not require a state examination and registration. The MDA instead 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 MDA 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 MDA.

All national certification information can be found here.

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