How to Become a Dietetic Technician

How to Become a Dietetic Technician

1. Earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree (2 Years)

Aspiring dietetic technicians must complete an associate's of applied science degree, a two-year program from an accredited community college or university to become a dietetic technicians.

These programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), include the required coursework, and offer 450 hours of supervised practice in environments where food is prepared.

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In this training phase, the technician learns how to interview patients to determine nutritional goals, and how to prepare foods that meet a variety of dietary requirements.

Other areas of study include portion control, menu planning, the economic aspects of food preparation and safety protocols for food preparation and storage.

2. Take the Certification Exam

In order to become certified, the dietetic technician must successfully complete a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), and continuing education will be required to maintain current certification.

The registration exam is broken down as follows:

Section % of Exam

Food Nutrition Sciences

Principles of Food Preparation

Food Composition

Principles of Basic and Normal Nutrition


Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups

Screening & Assessment


Planning & Intervention

Monitoring & Evaluation


Principles of Education and Training

Assessment & Planning

Implementation & Evaluation


Foodservice Systems

Menu Development

Procurement & Supply Management

Food Production, Distribution, & Service

Sanitation, Safety, and Equipment


Management of Food & Nutrition Services

Human Resources

Finance & Materials

Marketing Products & Services

Management Principles & Functions

Quality Processes & Research


Complete the certification exam application