Nutritionist Certification and License in Delaware

If you are a resident of Delaware and want to become a registered nutritionist then it is very important to know all the details regarding this profession. Having completed your degree is an opportunity for you to proceed further by doing work in reputed settings. But this might not be possible, as every state specifically has a different requirement for making you registered or certified.

The U.S state of Delaware is known for practitioners called dietitians and nutritionists. As a nutritionist your work might be to advise people what to eat and what not to. You might be helping individuals by making diet schedules for people. For this you have to carefully note and assess needs of clients. Sometimes you might be engaged in research in nutritional science for promoting better health among people. Specialties that you might opt are management dietitians, clinical dietitians and community dietitians.

In Delaware, there are strict requirements for licensure of dietitian and nutritionist. There are boards in every state that have licensing procedures and processes so it will be quite helpful for you to check out the nutritionist certification requirements in Delaware.

Licensing in Delaware

Application types

The first step to enter the licensure phase is to know that you will have to file an application prior to all the processes. You should know that there are different levels and you are supposed to apply for licensure according to your qualification and experience.

  • If you already are a licensed dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) then you will have to select and file an application of CDR Registration.
  • If you are in the phase of giving examination or have cleared the certification/registration dietetics/nutrition exam, then you will have to submit an application of examination.
  • If you currently operate as a registered dietitian or nutritionist then you will have to give an application for reciprocity.

Requirements for Licensure

  • Application should be fully completed and signed.
  • Money should be given along  through check or pay-order in the name of “State of Delaware”
  • For CDR Registration, give a copy of your CDR registration card.
  • If you are getting yourself registered by the examination, then a transcript will be required of your baccalaureate degree which should be from a registered college or university.
  • The degree should be in nutrition education, dietetics and food management and human nutrition.
  • You will have to arrange a supervisor so that they could complete Supervised Practice Experience Assessment form. After this, they submit it to the board.
  • The form should show an experience of 900 hours supervised.

Fee for licensure

You are required to select your type of application and then submit the required fee. It is an essential part of processing without which your application will be rejected. You should also note that no cash payment is accepted by the board because once payment is made then it is non-refundable. The fee for licensure of nutritionist/dietitian in Delaware is $171. The fee for renewing is different and is decided after the expiry of license. There is also a fee for verification of license which is $20. There is also a special verification which requires $30.

Address of the board

Division of Professional Regulation, Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Suite 203Dover, DE 19904.

Degrees and Courses

Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science could be acquired from the University of Delaware if you are willing to become a nutritionist. The courses of this degree are:

  • Biomedical sciences
  • Human sciences
  • Biophysics
  • Food and nutritional sciences
  • Agriculture

Employment and Salary

In 2011, there were around 150 people employed as nutritionists and dietitians. The mean salary earned by them was$59,440 per year and $28.58 per hour (bls.gov).

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