California grants title protection of the "Registered Dietitian" title to Registered Dietitians. However, there is no licensure/registration requirement for providing nutrition care.

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Practice Act/Statute

Qualification Requirements for State Licensure or State Certification:
  • Academic: Satisfactory completion of appropriate academic requirements for the field of dietetics and related disciplines and receipt of a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Experience: A minimum of 900 supervised practice hours that is designed to prepare entry level practitioners through instruction and assignments in a clinical setting, under the supervision of a supervisor meeting minimum qualifications established by public or private agencies or institutions recognized by the State Department of Public Health to establish those qualifications.
  • Examination: An examination administered by a public or private agency or institution recognized by the State Department of Public Health as qualified to administer the examinations.

Disclaimer: This is a preliminary interpretation of language of state statutes and regulations, and cannot substitute for legal counsel.