You are a licensed registered dietitian in your state. What does that mean, exactly? According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, licensure incorporates statutes that define your scope of practice, and performance of the profession is illegal without first obtaining a license from the state.
Licensing dietitians assures the public that individuals providing nutrition counseling services have the appropriate amount of education and experience. For dietitians, licensing protects our scope of practice. In states without licensure, nutritionists may be reimbursed via insurance companies.
Not every state has RDN licensure in place – AZ, IN, NY, UT, VT, WA and WI, for example, offer certification rather than licensure at this time. There are others. See the “State Licensure Agencies and Statutes by State” for a full list. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, “…enacting licensure laws in states that do not have a law remains a high priority of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.”
In some states that do not offer licensing, certification is a viable option. Certification, defined by AND, limits the use of particular titles to persons meeting predetermined requirements, while persons not certified can still practice the occupation or profession.
Consult your state’s Board of Dietetic Practice for specific information on applying for licensure and/or certification. Contact them with specific questions about practicing across state lines. Look here to find your state's agency contact list.
If you live in a state where your RDN credentials don’t protect you or the public from someone else providing nutrition advice who is not credentialed, we encourage you to get involved with AND’s public policy efforts.
Coming soon – does certification and licensure in my state allow me to practice across state lines?
What questions do you have about licensure? Please ask!