Joining the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
To be a member of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you must be a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Why Should I Be a Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics?
Founded in 1917, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' nearly 72,000 members in the U.S. and abroad help shape the food choices and impact the nutritional status of the public. The membership includes dietitians, dietetic technicians, students and others holding baccalaureate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics.
Most dietetics professionals choose to belong to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics because of the variety and quality of membership benefits. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides many opportunities for its members to be successful and to participate in continuing education opportunities that support both their professional needs and their plan for lifelong learning.
For more information and an application, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' website at
How Do I Become a Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Member?
If you are a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and your state mailing address is CT, you are automatically a Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member. If your state mailing address is other than CT, you can choose CT as your state affiliate through your Academy membership. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics only allows for one state affiliate per member.
State Certification - How Do I Become Certified in Connecticut?
As the managed care challenge continues to unfold, more and more providers are requiring that dietitians be licensed or certified in the state in which they practice to be reimbursed for nutrition services. In response to the frequently asked question, "How do I become certified in CT?", here are the steps to become a Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CD-N):
Obtaining the Application
For information about the application process and to apply, click here.. It is advisable to do this a month before your birthday, since subsequent annual certification renewals are automatically sent out by the State before your birthday. Note: ONLY Registered Dietitians are EXEMPT from proving that they have the required training and experience in the field of dietetics/nutrition and from taking a State-administered certification exam.
Completing the Application
To complete the application, Registered Dietitians need to:
- Request a letter from CDR (800/877-1600 Ext. 5500) to be sent directly to the State to provide official verification of registration.
- Complete the 2 page application.
- Obtain a passport photo to affix to the application.
- Have the completed application notarized.
- Obtain a money order or bank check for $190.00 payable to the "Treasurer, State of Connecticut." (The annual renewal fee is $100.00 and due on your birthday.)
- Mail the completed application to the address indicated on the application.
You can expect a letter from the State in about 6 weeks saying that you are now a CD-N. This will be followed be 3 Certificates; the larger one can be displayed in your office, and the two smaller wallet-sized ones are for personal use and to give to your employer, respectively. Insurance companies can contact the State to verify your certification.