Dietetic Skills Recognition Criteria

You must satisfy all 4 criteria to be eligible to sit the DAA Examinations in Dietetics (overseas qualified dietitians).

Please ensure you supply all the necessary evidence with your application to ensure your application can be processed without delays. If your application contains all the required evidence, your assessment will be processed within six (6) weeks from the time your application is received. Please note all Assessments of Eligibility must be finalised by the DSR Administrator within 6 months of the date of receipt of application. Failure to supply evidence of meeting the following criteria within this time frame will result in the application being rejected and fees will be forfeited, no refunds will be provided.

Current registration/credential OR can demonstrate eligibility for registration or credentialing as a dietitian with the dietetic credentialing body in the country of tertiary education or practice.

Demonstrate recency of practice in the three years immediately prior to the application through either;

i. Employment in a dietetic position in a country where the applicant holds a dietetic credential. The position of employment must have been within the past 3 years and must meet the definition of dietetic practice as set out in DAA’s Dietitian Scope of Practice Framework:

Dietetic Practice includes using professional knowledge in both clinical and non-clinical relationships with patients or clients, communities and populations and can be working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, communication, program development and implementation, regulatory or policy development, food service, food security, food supply, sustainability and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession and/or using professional skills.

OR

ii. completion of a suitable tertiary dietetic qualification within the past 3 years (this includes new graduates).

Please note: At the time of sitting the MCQ and oral examinations, your recency of practice must still be current. If your recency of practice expires prior to sitting an examination, you will not be eligible to sit the exam.

Recency of practice greater than 3 years

Candidates whose recency of practice is greater than 3 years are required to return to the country where they held a dietetic credential, re-claim that credential and undertake the minimum number of hours in a dietetic role, this will then give them 12 months to complete the DSR process. The role undertaken must meet the definition of dietetic practice as set out in DAA’s Dietitian Scope of Practice Framework.

Recency of practice break Minimum number of hours in a dietetic role to be undertaken in the country where a dietetic credential is held
>3 years 600 hours
4 years 800 hours
5 years 1,000 hours
6 years 1,200 hours
7 years 1,400 hours

Demonstrate completion of a tertiary education program of at least four years (or equivalent) which includes human systems physiology and human biochemistry at least at second year degree level (or equivalent) and 100 days of relevant practical placement in individual case management, community and public health nutrition and food service management domains. Acceptable programs will match the criteria specified for general courses in the DAA Manual for Accreditation of Dietetic Programs.

Sample Australian Dietetic Program Outline

An example of subjects studied in a 4 year Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics Program in an Australian accredited dietetics program is listed below. Individual programs can be viewed via the links to Accredited Dietetics Programs. Programs vary, but the outline listed below contains the key elements required to meet the Tertiary Program criterion for an assessment of eligibility to sit the professional examination in dietetics.

Please note that there should be a progression in content, based on passing of one subject to the next, in the areas of biochemistry, physiology and basic nutrition

Year 1

  • Chemistry A
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Introductory Physiology A
  • Human Biology
  • Chemistry B
  • Food and Nutrition

Year 2

  • Biochemistry A (principles)
  • Food Chemistry
  • Human Physiology B
  • Health Promotion
  • Biostatistics
  • Biochemistry B (energy and metabolism)
  • Dietary Assessment
  • Nutritional Physiology C

Year 3

  • Metabolism and Nutrients
  • Human Nutrition and Research
  • Community and Public Health Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy 1
  • Research Project in Nutrition and Dietetics*

Year 4

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy 2
  • Food Service Management
  • Nutrition Communication and Counselling
  • Practicum in Medical Nutrition Therapy (minimum 10 weeks)**
  • Practicum in Foodservice Management (minimum 4 weeks)**
  • Practicum in Community/ Public Health and Advocacy (minimum 4 weeks)**

* usually of equivalent credit weighting to 2-3 regular subjects

** Australian students must complete a minimum of 20 weeks professional placement so an additional 2 weeks is included in one of these areas

Demonstrate completion of a tertiary dietetics qualification in one of the following countries; United States of America, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand or United Kingdom;

OR have passed all four sections of the Occupational English Test (OET) and achieved an average result of 350 in each of the four components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). Additional information regarding the new OET grading system can be found under English Language proficiency below;

OR have passed the International English Language Testing Scheme (IELTS) examination (Academic Module) and achieved a minimum score of seven (7.0)  in each of the four components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) with a minimum overall band score of seven (7.0).

See English Language Proficiency for more information.

For overseas residents who have studied dietetics in Australia please see the Skills Migration Assessments page.