What is a “Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics”?

For the past couple of weeks, I have been on a rotation with WVU’s Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).  Many individuals do not realize what this certification means and the requirements to obtain this certification.

“The CSSD is offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for registered dietitians (RDs) who have specialized experience in sports  dietetics. Being Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics designates specific knowledge, skills, and expertise for competency in sports dietetics practice.”

The requirements to become a CSSD are as follows:

    • Current Registered Dietitian (RD) status by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
    • Maintenance of the RD status, for a minimum of two years from the original examination date (by the date of the specialty examination).
    • Initial Certification: Documentation of 1,500 hours of specialty practice experience as an RD within the past five years (by the date the application is due).
    • Recertification: Documentation of 1,000 hours of specialty practice experience as an RD within the past five years by the date the application is due (effective until 2014).

 

What are the “Top 10 Reasons to Consult a CSSD?” Find out here!

 

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