Continuing Education

Continuing Professional Education Program Prior-Approval Process in Pennsylvania

Why should I get my continuing professional education program approved in Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that providers of live activities in Pennsylvania receive approval from our PA Academy Continuing Education Approval Process so that the program can be submitted for continuing education credit for licensure in Pennsylvania.

Effective June 1, 2021, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) State Affiliate Program entered the last year of its CPE Approval Affiliate program; final date May 31, 2022. On June 1, 2022, CDR assumed the review of all CPE activities. 

Questions? Please email

How do I submit a program for approval?

  1. To submit a program for approval in Pennsylvania, you must first submit for approval with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). To do this, obtain a Login and Password for the CDR continuing education database. Instructions to obtain a Login
    and Password for the CDR database for continuing education approval can be found at: This is a one-time process. Once you have a Login and Password, you can submit programs for approval at any time.
  2. Using your login and password, log into the CDR database ( using the blue login link on the top right. All required information must be entered into the database.
  3. Read the Process for Review and Approval of Continuing Professional Education Programs before submitting your CPE programs to the CDR’s database. Pennsylvania’s requirements (e.g. educational outcomes) differ slightly from those in the CDR’s database. Incomplete applications will be denied and you will need to re-submit with the requested documentation.
  4. **Fill out the payment form for Pennsylvania approval below and submit your online payment to the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

Fee: $20 per CPE for 1-9 CPEUs
$200 for 10 or more CPEUs

**Please email for payment as our payment form is currently being updated.**

For questions, please email Once payment is submitted, please allow 4 weeks for the Continuing Professional Education Program approval process.

Please note: Program organizers should provide the CDR Continuing Professional Education Certificate of Attendance form available in the CDR database to attendees. Use of the CDR attendance form is required for the Pennsylvania Licensure Board to grant credit for the 30 continuing education units required for biennial licensure renewal in PA.

However, use of the CDR Continuing Professional Education Certificate of Attendance form does not by it
self guarantee that the CPEUs will be acceptable to the Pennsylvania Licensure Board. For details on the types of continuing education that are acceptable and those that are not, please visit:, hover over the Policy and Advocacy tab and select Licensure and Consumer Protection. Log in, select Continuing Education, select Rules and Regulations, select § 21.724. Continuing education.