A Quick and Easy Guide to Specialty Certifications for Registered Dietitians

By Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

Looking for a way to distinguish yourself as a top-performer in your field? Or maybe you are looking to move toward a specialty and spotlight your special interests or talents? As a Registered Dietitian, you can choose to pursue a specialty certification in addition to your RD credential. Check out the chart below to see what options are out there!

Credential

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Sponsoring
Organization

Minimum
Experience as RD

Additional Requirements

Cost

Certified Specialist in Gerontological
NutritionTM (CSGTM)
Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) 2 calendar years 2000 hours of relevant experience $350-$400, depending on registration date
Certified Specialist
in Pediatric
NutritionTM (CSPTM)
Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) 2 calendar years 2000 hours of relevant experience $350-$400, depending on registration date
Certified Specialist
in Renal
NutritionTM (CSRTM)
Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) 2 calendar years 2000 hours of relevant experience $350-$400, depending on registration date
Certified Specialist in Oncology NutritionTM (CSOTM) Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) 2 calendar years 2000 hours of relevant experience $350-$400, depending on registration date
Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM) Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) 2 calendar years 2000 hours of relevant experience $350-$400, depending on registration date
Certified Specialist in
Sports DieteticsTM (CSSDTM)
Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) 2 calendar years 1500 hours of relevant experience $350-$400, depending on registration date
Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) 2 calendar years 1000 hours of relevant experience + 15 hours of relevant continuing education within 2 years prior to exam $350 (initial exam), $250 (recertification)
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician® (CNSC®) National Board of Nutrition Support Certification (NBNSC) No minimum, but recommended to have 2 years experience None $315 if ASPEN member or $415 if not
Certified Lactation Counselor® (CLC®) The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP) No minimum 45 hours of breastfeeding-related education in the past 1 year $20 application fee + $100 exam fee
 

International Board
Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®)

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE) No minimum 90 hours of human  lactation-related education + 300-1000 hours of clinical experience (depending on pathway) $660 (initial exam), $470 (re-certification)
Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, Malnutrition Awareness

Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC is a travel dietitian for Dietitians on Demand.  She is passionate about empowering dietitians to be more involved with the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Her favorite adventures while on assignment include:  The 17-Mile Drive in Monterey, CA; Lake Placid, NY; Montreal, Canada; and of course, the Jelly Belly® Jelly Bean and Ben & Jerry’s® ice cream factories located in Fairfield, CA and Burlington, VT, respectively.

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References:
Commission on Dietetic Registration. Board certification as a specialist in gerontological nutrition. 2017. https://www.cdrnet.org/certifications/board-certification-as-a-specialist-in-gerontological-nutrition. Accessed November 5, 2017.
Commission on Dietetic Registration. Board certification as a specialist in pediatric nutrition. 2017. https://www.cdrnet.org/certifications/board-certification-as-a-specialist-in-pediatric-nutrition. Accessed November 5, 2017.
Commission on Dietetic Registration. Board certification as a specialist in renal nutrition. 2017. https://www.cdrnet.org/certifications/board-certification-as-a-specialist-in-renal-nutrition. Accessed November 5, 2017.
Commission on Dietetic Registration. Board certification as a specialist in oncology nutrition. 2017. https://www.cdrnet.org/certifications/board-certification-as-a-specialist-in-oncology-nutrition. Accessed November 5, 2017.
Commission on Dietetic Registration. CDR’s new interdisciplinary certification in obesity and weight management. 2017. https://www.cdrnet.org/interdisciplinary. Accessed November 5, 2017.
Commission on Dietetic Registration. Board certification as a specialist in sports dietetics. 2017. https://www.cdrnet.org/certifications/board-certification-as-a-specialist-in-sports-dietetics. Accessed November 5, 2017.
National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. What is a CDE? 2017. https://www.ncbde.org/certification_info/what-is-a-cde/. Accessed November 5, 2017.
National Board of Nutrition Support Certification. Eligibility requirements and policies. 2014. http://www.nutritioncare.org/NBNSC/Certification/Policies_and_Procedures/. Accessed November 5, 2017.
The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. The CLC—Certified Lactation Counselor. 2017. https://www.alpp.org/certifications/certifications-clc. Accessed November 5, 2017.
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. About IBCLE. 2017. https://iblce.org/about-iblce/. Accessed November 5, 2017.
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