By the Division of Professional Licensure

Q. Is someone available to help me with questions?

The Board members are volunteers appointed by the governor; they meet on a quarterly basis. The Board's Executive Director and other staff are available daily; however, there is a high volume of telephone calls. The most efficient method of contact is to use the "E-mail the Board" link at the left.

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Q. What do I need to do to get licensed?

Applicants must be 18 years of age, of good moral character, possess an acceptable Bachelor's Degree, meet professional experience requirements, and pass a qualifying examination. You may download the application and appropriate instructions from the link at the left.

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Q. What are the educational requirements for licensure?

You must have a Bachelor's Degree, or higher for licensure. Your major course of study should be in dietetics and nutrition, human nutrition, nutrition education, public health nutrition, or a very similar field. If you have a degree in some other field, you may be eligible, but you will be required to submit your coursework for evaluation. Refer to the course summary sheet that may be downloaded form the link entitled "Applications and Forms."

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Q. What are the professional experience requirements for licensure?

The law requires professional experience prior to licensure. The experience may be a formal, post-baccalaureate, internship of not less than 900 hours in the field of dietetics and nutrition and supervised by a licensed dietitian/nutritionist, or it may be paid professional experience of a variable length depending upon education. An individual with a Doctoral Degree must have one-year post-degree experience; an individual with a Master's Degree must have two-years post-degree experience; an individual with a Bachelor's Degree must have three-years of post-degree experience.

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Q. Is there a provision for licensure by "grandparenting"?

Yes. If you can demonstrate that you have been practicing professionally for five out of the last ten years, the Board may issue a license without examination. See the specific instructions at the "Applications and Forms" link. By law, the current expiration date for grandparenting applicants is June 1, 2001. Your application must be postmarked not later than that date in order to receive consideration.

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Q. If I am a Registered Dietitian, will it simplify my application?

Yes. The Board accepts the CDR (Council on Dietetic Registration) internship and examination as equivalent to the statutory requirements for professional experience and a Board-administered examination. Use the link at the left entitled "Applications and Forms."

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Q. Is there a Continuing Education requirement?

Yes. As a condition of license renewal, all LDN's must complete 30 units of continuing education every two years that are compliant with CMR 268 4.00, et seq. The Board grants continuing education credits for a variety of educational programs sponsored by organizations.

The program must be, at minimum, an organized learning experience, at least fifty (50) minutes in length, and contribute to the licensee's professional competence in nutritional practice. Professional competence in nutritional practice means that the program must address the science of human nutrition. The program must enhance the licensee's knowledge of human nutrition.

Programs that address marketing, management or other business or technical skills will not be accepted. It is the licensee's responsibility to maintain documentation that demonstrates that the program meets the Board's continuing education requirements.

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Q. How long is my license good for?

All licenses are active for two (2) years. The expiration date of your license is every two (2) years on your birthday.

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Q. How do I renew my license?

The board automatically mails out a license renewal form approximately 8 weeks prior to your license expiration date. Important, before signing and returning the renewal form, make sure you read all material sent with your renewal. Also, it is the responsibility of the licensee to notify the Board of any changes of name or address. This should be done as soon as possible after the change. Doing so will expedite the renewal process and prevent the need for paying a late renewal fee.

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Q. Can I get my license through Reciprocal Recognition?

Yes. Massachusetts does have Reciprocity with other states and provinces. Detailed information can be found by using the link entitled Rules and Regulation. Click on 268 CMR 1.00 - 6.00 then on 3.00 Procedure for Licensure. Scroll down to 3.01(4).

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Q. Do all conferences / lectures by an ADA/CDR - approved sponsor count toward continuing education units (CEUs)?

No. The program must be, at minimum, an organized learning experience, at least fifty (50) minutes in length, and contribute to the licensee's professional competence in nutritional practice. Professional competence in nutritional practice means that the program must address the science of human nutrition. The program must enhance the licensee's knowledge of human nutrition.

Programs that address marketing, management or other business or technical skills will not be accepted. It is the licensee's responsibility to maintain documentation that demonstrates that the program meets the Board's continuing education requirements.

A licensee needs 30 CEUs, every two years to renew a LDN License. This is not always compatible with the five year/75 credit requirement for CDR. All 30 CEUs used for your LDN must be completed within the two year license cycle. Credits earned outside this time frame will not be counted.

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Q. Do poster sessions/exhibits count toward continuing education units?

"A unit of continuing education shall be a minimum of 50 minutes of organized learning experience." The learning experience should "contribute to a licensee's professional growth".

It is the belief of the Board that five poster/exhibits could be considered for one unit of continuing education if they meet these criteria. A licensee may demonstrate that 5 total poster sessions are equal to 1 CEU by documenting the following for each poster session attended:

  1. The title of each poster/exhibit visited
  2. The number of minutes spent at each poster/exhibit
  3. The institution or sponsoring agent of the poster session/exhibit
  4. The author(s) of the poster/exhibit
  5. The date(s) and location(s) of the activity
  6. The Poster Session's/Exhibit's relevance to human nutrition and how the learning activity contributes to the licensee's professional competence.

It is the licensee's responsibility to maintain documentation that each program meets the Board's continuing education requirements.



Please take the time to also review the Board Regulations and Policies.

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