License Application

HB 357 passed and was signed into law by the Governor of North Carolina on June 25, 2018. The amended law took effect on July 1, 2018, with the exception of Section 12, which took effect on October 1, 2018. You may read the full text of the bill here. 

As of July 1, 2018, per NC General Statute § 90-357.6 and § 143B-966, all new applicants for any category of licensure are subject to a criminal background check. This will appear as a checklist item after you submit your application. Instructions for completing the criminal background check process are posted here.

What category of licensure is applicable to me?


Category A: Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) Application

Category A applicants are Registered Dietitians who are currently registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), OR are already provisionally licensed as a PLDN and are seeking to convert a Category B Provisional license to Category A. All out of state applicants who are Registered Dietitians should apply under Category A, not Reciprocity via Category D. The fee for an initial Category A license is $175 ($50 non-refundable application fee + $125 issuance fee). > Click here to register and apply online <

Category B: Provisional Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (PLDN) Application

Category B PLDN applicants have completed an ACEND-accredited academic program, an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program, and have received an “Eligibility to Test” email from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Applicants for a Category B (PLDN license) have not yet taken the CDR exam, but do need to provide a Didactic Program Verification Statement, a Supervised Internship Verification Statement (or a Coordinated Program Verification Statement, if applicable), a Supervisor Verification Statement (Form B-2), a copy of their unofficial transcripts, a copy of a government issued photo ID, as well as a copy of their CDR Eligibility to Test email. The fee for an initial Category B PLDN license is $85 ($50 non-refundable application fee + $35 issuance fee).  Once licensed, provisional (PLDN) licensees then have 6 months to pass the CDR RD exam in order to be eligible to upgrade to a full Category A (LDN) license for the balance of the issuance fee, which is $90. If the exam is passed 6 months to one year after a Category B, PLDN license is granted, then PLDN licensees must pay the entire application and issuance fee of $175. Provisional LDN (PLDN) licenses expire after one (1) year. > Click here to register and apply online <

Category C: Non-RD LDN Application

Category C applicants hold a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a major course of study in an area of nutrition described in N.C.G.S. § 90-357.5(1)(a). Regardless of the course of study, one’s program must meet the competency requirements of an ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics. The NCBDN will review potential applicants’ education and notify applicants of eligibility status for Category C licensure. This includes subsequent completion of a supervised practice experience that meets the competency requirements of an ACEND accredited supervised practice experience, and is not less than 1,000 hours under the supervision of a professional defined in N.C.G.S. § 90-357.5(1)(b). Additionally, applicants must successfully complete the registration examination for dietitian nutritionists administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Successful Category C applicants are granted the LDN (Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist) credential. Please contact the NCBDN if interested in a Category C license.

Category D: Reciprocity Application

Category D applicants are currently licensed by another state, are seeking licensure by reciprocity, and have qualifications that do not otherwise fit into another Category listed on this page. Only states with equivalent licensing requirements, as determined by the Board, will be considered. Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists should apply under Category A. Please contact the NCBDN if interested in a Category D license.

Category F: Licensed Nutritionist (LN) Application

Category F, LN applicants have completed a master’s or doctoral degree in nutrition or a master’s or doctoral degree in a field of clinical health care, at a regionally accredited institution that meets the minimum course requirements defined in N.C.G.S. § 90-357.5(c)(1); a Board approved 1000-hour supervised practice program that meets the statutory minimum competency requirements defined in N.C.G.S. § 90-357.5(c)(2) under the supervision of a professional provided in this section; and passed either the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam, or Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN) exam. Applicants for a Category F LN license will need to provide the following documents: copy of official or unofficial transcripts, copy of a government issued photo ID, Form A-2, Form A-3 or, if one became a CNS in 2018 or later, the CNS Supervised Practice Experience Candidate Report and tracking form, Form A-4 for each supervisor or, if one became a CNS in 2018 or later the CNS Supervisor Approval Application(s), Form A-5 for each supervisor or, if one became a CNS in 2018 or later the CNS Supervised Practice Experience Supervisor’s Report(s), and Form A-6 Coursework Worksheet (available on our website under "Forms & Resources"). The fee for an initial Category F LN license is $175 ($50 non-refundable application fee + $125 issuance fee). > Click here to register and apply online <

Category G: Provisional Licensed Nutritionist (PLN) Application

Category G, (Provisional LN) applicants have completed a master’s or doctoral degree in nutrition or a master’s or doctoral degree in a field of clinical health care, at a regionally accredited institution, that meets the minimum course requirements defined in N.C.G.S. § 90-357.5(c)(1); a Board approved 1000-hour supervised practice program that meets the statutory minimum competency requirements defined in N.C.G.S. § 90-357.5(c)(2) under the supervision of a professional provided in this section; and made application to the Board for Certified Nutrition Specialists to take the CNS exam, or have made application to the American Clinical Board of Nutrition to take the Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition exam. Applicants for a Category G (PLN license) have not yet taken the exam(s) noted above, but will need to provide the following documents to support this application: copy of official or unofficial transcripts, copy of a government issued photo ID, Form B-2 the Supervisor Verification Statement, Form A-3 or, if one became a CNS in 2018 or later, the CNS Supervised Practice Experience Candidate Report and tracking form, Form A-4 for each supervisor or, if one became a CNS in 2018 or later the CNS Supervisor Approval Application(s), Form A-5 for each supervisor or, if one became a CNS in 2018 or later the CNS Supervised Practice Experience Supervisor’s Report(s), and Form A-6 Coursework Worksheet (available on our website under "Forms & Resources"). The fee for an initial Category G PLN license is $85 ($50 non-refundable application fee + $35 issuance fee). Once licensed, provisional (PLN) licensees then have 6 months to pass the CNS or DACBN exam in order to be eligible to upgrade to a full Category F (LN) license for the balance of the issuance fee, which is $90. If the exam is passed 6 months to one year after a Category G, PLN license is granted, then PLN licensees must pay the entire application and issuance fee of $175. Provisional LN (PLN) licenses expire after one (1) year. Please contact the NCBDN if interested in a Category G license.

*Please note, the above descriptions only include the statutory requirements for licensure. Category C and D have additional requirements which must be met before licensure will be granted. Please contact the NCBDN office for details.

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