Vermont 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 www.eatright.org.
According to a Vermont Department of Health’s ‘Fit & Healthy Vermonters’ report, 280,000 Vermont adults, or roughly 59 percent of the population, is either overweight or obese. This is up 100 percent from 1990, growing at an alarming rate. The effects are staggering, costing approximately 141 million dollars in health care costs due to related illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and even some cancers. The state of Vermont has begun to fight back against this negative trend. First and foremost, the prevalence of nutritionists has been increased throughout the state. The Department of Health has employed nutritionists to lead the medical community in lowering the rate of unhealthy eating habits. For those that have thought about becoming a nutritionist, there has never been a better time, and the demand for those in the industry has never been higher.
The Vermont Dietetic Association (VDA) requires that college graduates who wish to become nutritionists, registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) pass the American Dietetic Association’s education and certification guidelines and the examination of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Vermont nutritionists must pass the ADA’s guidelines, then register with the state’s department of registration for state certification.
Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the Vermont Department Health and the VDA are as follows:
- A four-year bachelor’s degree or higher composed of courses approved by the ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) and the VDA.
- 2Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of Vermont.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certification with the ADA and the Vermont Dietetic Association.
View National Certification Requirements other than Vermont here.