Wisconsin 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.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ latest Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity report data is quite disturbing. According to the latest studies, in 1990, the rate of obesity in the state was just 11.3 percent. It has now reached 26.3 percent, higher than the national average and well above a healthy rate for the state of Wisconsin’s residents. When obesity can directly and indirectly cause so many health ailments including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and even some cancers, increasing the obesity rate to the present level is costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars in extra health care costs. The answers to this problem lie in the hands of those trained in nutrition and preventative measures, including diet and fitness.
However, we cannot trust the health of Wisconsin to just anyone. For this reason, nutritionists and dietitians should become registered to ensure that the patients and clients throughout Wisconsin can ensure that they are getting the very best care. Certification by the Wisconsin Dietetic Association protects the health of those seeking nutritional guidance and treatment while maintaining the highest standards of those in the nutrition field. The WDA requires that graduates of an American Dietetic Association (ADA) accredited bachelor’s degree program pass the ADA’s certification guidelines as well as the examination of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the examining agency of the ADA, in order to become a certified nutritionist, registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technicians (DTR).
The certification process to become a nutritionist, RD or DTR in the state of Wisconsin is 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 Wisconsin Dietetic Association.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of Wisconsin.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certification with the American Dietetic Association and the Wisconsin Dietetic Association.
All information on certification can be found here on Nutritionist-World.com.