The majority of states have enacted legislation regulating the practice of dietetics. State licensure and state certification are entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Check with your state of residence/employment to see if licensure/certification is required.
In Kentucky, a person must be licensed by the Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionists in order to practice dietetics and nutrition. Find information about Kentucky licensure.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).