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Dietetic Technicians

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Although dietetic technicians are not required to be licensed or certified, those who have completed an approved education program are eligible to take a certifying examination. Many choose to do so, since possessing certification indicates a high level of competence and can be beneficial in finding a job. The exam is given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, an agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Those who successfully complete it are designated nutrition and dietetics technician, registered and may use the initials NDTR after their names. Registered technicians are required to earn 50 hours of continuing education credit every five years in order to maintain their credentials.

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