Nutrition and Dietetics: Exam and Education Schedule
- For dietitians, the entry-level examination for registration as a dietitian developed and administered by CDR is required for licensure in New Mexico.
- For nutritionists, the entry-level examination for registration as a dietitian developed and administered by CDR is required for licensure in New Mexico.
- For nutrition associates, the examination for registration as a dietetic technician developed and administered by CDR is required for licensure in New Mexico.
Examinations are offered by CDR in a computerized format on dates and locations determined by the applicant. Individuals applying for licensure as a nutritionist or nutrition associate must make application through the board to be eligible to take the CDR exam. Dietitians who require a provisional permit to practice in New Mexico prior to passing the CDR exam must apply for the exam through the board. The names of applicants who are deemed eligible by the board to take the examination will be forwarded to CDR and their testing agency, ACT. The application to take the examination will then be sent directly to the applicant. Payment for the examination is sent directly to ACT in accordance with the procedures outlined in the candidate handbook.
The passing score will be established by CDR based on the cut-score for the examination. A certified copy of the exam results submitted by the applicant will be accepted as proof of a passing score.
Individuals who do not obtain a passing score on the examination may re-take the exam within the guidelines provided by CDR. However, applicants may not practice in New Mexico as a dietitian, nutritionist, or nutrition associate if they have failed the exam more than three times.
The board may excuse candidates who for circumstances beyond their control are unable to take or complete the exam within the provisional permit period.