Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VII. Qualifications for Licensure to Practice Dietetics and Nutrition; Waiver of Examination.


§ 3–1207.01. Qualifications for licensure.

(a) In addition to the general qualifications for licensure set forth in subchapter V of this chapter, and any requirements which the Mayor may establish by rule, a dietitian shall:

(1) Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in human nutrition, foods and nutrition, dietetics, food systems management, or an equivalent major course of study, approved by the Board, from a school, college, or university that was approved by the appropriate accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation or the United States Department of Education at the time the degree was conferred; and

(2) Successfully complete the certification examination of the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association.

(b) Licensure to practice dietetics pursuant to this chapter shall also entitle the licensee to use the title of nutritionist.

(c) In addition to the general qualifications for licensure set forth in subchapter V of this chapter, and any requirements which the Mayor may establish by rule, a nutritionist shall:

(1) Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics, food systems management, or an equivalent major course of study, approved by the Board, from a school, college, or university that was approved by the appropriate accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation or the United States Department of Education at the time the degree was conferred, or shall have completed other training, approved by the Board, which is substantially equivalent to the curricula of accredited institutions; and

(2) Successfully complete the examination developed and required by the Mayor and administered by the Board.

(d) The Mayor, by rule, shall establish requirements for the completion of a planned, continuous, preprofessional program of supervised experience as a condition for licensure as a dietitian or nutritionist.

(e) The Mayor shall, within 12 months of March 25, 1986, develop, and update as necessary, an examination to assess an applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the principles of nutrition and ability to apply the principles effectively and for the benefit of patients or clients in the practice of nutrition.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 701, 33 DCR 729; Feb. 24, 1987, D.C. Law 6-192, § 8, 33 DCR 7836.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3307.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1207.02.


§ 3–1207.02. Waiver of examination.

The board shall waive the examination requirement of § 3-1207.01(a)(2) and (c)(2) for any applicant for licensure as a dietitian or nutritionist who presents evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant meets the qualifications required by § 3-1207.01(a)(1) or § 3-1207.01(c)(1) and has been employed in the practice of dietetics or nutrition on a full-time or substantially full-time basis for at least 3 of the last 5 years immediately preceding March 25, 1986, provided that application for the waiver is made within 24 months of March 25, 1986.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 702, 33 DCR 729; Mar. 11, 1988, D.C. Law 7-87, § 2(a), 35 DCR 162.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3307.2.

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(a) of District of Columbia Health Occupations Revision Act of 1985 Temporary Amendment Act of 1987 (D.C. Law 7-20, July 25, 1987, law notification 34 DCR 5351).

Editor's Notes

Near the middle of the section, “(c)(1)” was substituted for “(b)(1)”, to correct an error in D.C. Law 6-99.