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Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

PLA > Professions > Indiana Dietitians Certification Board > Instructions & Application for Certification Instructions & Application for Certification

Please note that certification for a dietitian in Indiana is not mandatory. It is a title protection for individuals who wish to use the title "Certified Dietitian" or the credentials "C.D.".  You may practice dietetics / nutrition therapy services without state certification but cannot call yourself a "Certified Dietitian" unless you are certified with this state. A dietitian registered by the commission on dietetic registration may use the title “registered dietitian” and the designation “RD” but may not profess to be a certified dietitian without being certified by the Board.

Application Requirements

Completed Application - Application for Indiana Dietitian Certification.

Application Fee - Submit the application and the documentation mentioned above, along with a check or money order in the amount of twenty dollars $20.00 made payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

Affidavit - Answer truthfully the yes and no questions on the application. Attach information explaining any "yes" answer in its entirety.  Your response must be a signed and notarized.

Photograph - Include two (2) photographs, approximately 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, head and shoulders view, black and white or color, of professional quality.

Official Transcript - Submit official transcripts from your college and/or university from where you received your degree. Please have your official transcripts forwarded directly from the school to our office.

Name Change - Official documentation indicating any legal name change, if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Acceptable documentation is a copy of your marriage license or divorce decree.

Pre-Professional Experience - This documentation can be submitted in one of two ways:

  1. If you are registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), please enclose a copy of a current registration card that indicates the period of registration and expiration; Or
  2. If you are not registered with the CDR, you must complete the Affidavit of Experience- Dietitian Intern Training Program form

Criminal Background Check - Once your application is received and you have been notified you must complete your criminal background check. Please review the criminal background check process on our webpage.

Verification of Licensure - You must submit the Verification of Licensure Form to each state in which you hold or have held a license, certificate or registration in any regulated health profession. Please have any verification sent directly to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

Examination - The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has contracted with the American College Testing Program (ACT) to administer the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The examination is computerized and currently given year round, Monday through Friday. If you have specific questions regarding the Registration Examination, you may call the Commission on Dietetic Registration at (312) 899-0040, extension #4857.


If you have questions concerning the certification process or the status of a certification application, please call (317) 234-2060 or e-mail