Continuing Professional Education Questions

Do I have to complete the test prior to the program’s expiration date?

Yes. The Commission on Dietetic Registration only allows 3 years for a program to be approved. Once it expires, the program is no longer accredited (credit hours are no longer given).

Do I have to submit the hours to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) before the expiration date of the course, or do I just need to pass the test and get my certificate before the course’s expiration date – and submit the course to the CDR portfolio at a later date?

According to the CDR, you would not need to submit the hours to CDR before the expiration date but you would need to complete the course prior to the program’s expiration date.

Who can claim credit hours for your CPE programs?

Our programs are approved for CPE by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy). For details on which professionals can claim credit hours, please see Professional Approvals.

Why do I have to create an account to get my certificate?

Because we provide Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited programs, CDR requires us to keep track of all continuing professional education (CPE) certificates for 7 years. The only way for us to easily track this information is for customers to create a BDA account. The benefit to you is that you can also go back into your account to access your certificates if you are ever audited by CDR.  Learn more about about registration as a member here. 

How do I take the CPE test to earn my certificate?

Please refer to this page for in-depth instructions.

Do I need to have a CDR Critical Thinking Evaluation Tool (CTT) for this activity?

CDR requires all self-study courses that are approved on or after January 1,  2020 to include a Critical Thinking Evaluation Tool (CTT). Webinars are not required to have the CTT. For those courses that require a CTT, the CTT will be provided with your certificate. For additional information on the CTT, please refer to this page

What is the CDR 120 Day Rule?

Per CDR, “You must complete CPE activities within your 5-year recertification period to be awarded CPEUs. Your Learning Plan must be submitted before you participate in CPE activities or must be postmarked no later than 120 days after completing your first CPE activity in your current recertification cycle. RDNs or RDs may transfer up to 15 CPEUs and NDTRs or DTRs may transfer up to 10 CPEUs earned during the last 75 days of their recertification cycle toward their next cycle, which begins June 1.”



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