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The S.C. General Assembly passed the S.C. Dietetics Licensure Act to regulate persons engaging in the practice of dietetics or nutrition. Act 392 is effective July 1, 2006. For more information, visit the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation at: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Dietetics/
The LLR state licensure renewal date is May 31st. The initial application fee is $175, and the $100 renewal fee of your license is due every other year, during odd numbered years. For full details on licensure renewal (including an application), visit: http://llronline.com/POL/Dietetics/
The South Carolina Panel for Dietetics Administrator is Angie Combs, who can be reached at: CombsA@llr.sc.gov.
How Is an RDN Different Than a Nutritionist?
The “RDN” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Some RDs may call themselves “nutritionists,” but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the scope of practice for someone using the designation “nutritionist,” but in other states, virtually anyone can call him- or herself a “nutritionist” regardless of education or training.
Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree (about half of RDs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination—in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.
RDN/DTR Credentialing (CDR)
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. More than 80,000 dietitians and dietetic technicians across the country and the world have taken CDR exams over the past several decades.
CDR currently awards seven separate and distinct credentials: Registered Dietitian (RD); Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR); Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR); and Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP), Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG) and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO).
The Commission's RD/DTR certification programs are fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence based in Washington, D.C. This accreditation, which reflects achievement of the highest standards of professional credentialing.
How to Report Harm
A complaint against a licensee, or an unlicensed person practicing a profession or occupation that requires a license, may be made on complaint form. You may download the form from the Board's Web site http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Dietetics/Forms/ComplaintForm.pdf or request to have one mailed by calling (803) 896-4470. The complaining party is responsible for ensuring that all necessary information is included on the form.
In completing the form, the person making the complaint is referred to as the complainant. The individual the complaint is against is referred to as the respondent.
Please state all facts briefly and clearly. Also, include the name, address and phone number of all witnesses, and the specific information they possess to substantiate the complaint. Please include copies of any documents, records, statements or contracts that may assist this agency to conduct an inquiry.
Upon completion, and getting the form notarized, mail the complaint form, along with any attachments, to the following address: S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Office of Investigations and Enforcement P.O. Box 11329, Columbia, S.C. 29211-1329, or fax to (803) 896-4656.
Upon receipt of the complaint, if jurisdiction is established, a thorough investigation is conducted to determine whether a violation has occurred. If a violation of the practice act is found, the respondent may be offered a consent agreement, or a hearing may be held before the Board to resolve the findings of the agency’s investigation. Although this action is between the State and the Respondent, the complainant should be prepared to testify, as requested, at a hearing before the Board if the matter has not been otherwise resolved. The complaint will be dismissed by the Board if a violation is not found or the case does not present evidence that would sustain a legal procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if someone is licensed as a dietitian in South Carolina?
Anyone can verify that a person is licensed by clicking the "Licensee Lookup" link available on our Web site at LLR Online Verification; this information is updated every 24 hours.
Must I be a Registered Dietitian in order to be eligible for a license to practice dietetics in South Carolina?
Yes. All licensed dietitians must have a current registration issued by the Commission on Dietetic Registration before a license is issued. Web site: http://www.cdrnet.org
Do I have to maintain my RD status with the Commission to keep my South Carolina license?
When do I renew my Dietitian's license?
License renewals are due May 31 of odd numbered years. The pocket card issued when you first obtained a license and thereafter upon renewing, displays the license expiration date.
What is the fee to renew my Dietitian's license?
If renewed by May 31 of odd numbered years $100; $150 if renewed during June.
How do I renew my Dietitian's license?
Online renewal is available by going to the LLR Portal. Renewal notices are sent at least 3 months prior to the due date to all licensees with instructions on how to renew online.
Are there continuing education requirements for license renewal?
Yes. By maintaining a current registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration the CE requirements for license renewal are met. A compliance audit is conducted that randomly selects licensees that will be notified to submit to the Panel office proof of a current registration.