Provisional License Application

What is a PLDN?

A PLDN is a Provisionally Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in North Carolina. This “Category B” or “Provisional” license is the license you are eligible for if you have completed both a regionally accredited academic program, as well as an accredited internship, but have not yet taken or passed the RDN exam.

A provisional license is valid for one year from the date of issue and costs $85.00. The provisional licensee then has 6 months to pass the RDN exam and “upgrade” to a “Category A” license at a discounted rate of $90.00. If you do not upgrade within the first 6 months of your provisional licensure, you will have to pay the full $175.00 to upgrade your license once you pass the RDN exam.

A provisionally licensed dietitian/nutritionist must work under the supervision of an LDN, and acquire a signed statement of this as part of the application process. The supervisor must be willing to take responsibility for the actions of the PLDN until the PLDN obtains his/her “Category A” or “LDN” license. The degree of supervision that is necessary is determined by the supervising LDN and the Facility’s policies/protocols. In determining how much supervision is necessary, the LDN should consider the knowledge and skill of the PLDN and his/her level of competence. It is the responsibility of both the PLDN and supervising LDN to advise the Board if the supervisory relationship terminates or changes.

Some positions do not require licensure. These positions include those working for the local, state or federal government, WIC positions and military positions. Practitioners licensed under Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes are also exempt from the requirements of the Dietetics Practice Act.

What can I do as a provisional licensee?

• Provide nutrition care services, under the supervision of a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist;
• Utilize the title a dietitian or nutritionist; and
• Use the credentials “PLDN.”

For those who have completed an ACEND-accredited academic program and an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program, to become provisionally licensed please have the following materials scanned and prepared to upload with your online application:

• Unofficial academic transcripts;
ACEND academic verification statement;
ACEND supervised practice verification statement;
ACEND coordinated program verification statement (only if applicable, and replaces the above two mentioned statements);
• Completed and Signed Form B2 Supervisor Verification Statement (form is available on our website under “Forms and Resources”;
• “Eligibility to Test Email” from the CDR;
• Copy of your Photo ID; and
• Method of payment for the $85.00 fee.
(Acceptable file formats: GIF, BMP, TIF, JPG, PDF)

Processing Time: If application is complete upon receipt, processing time is typically 1 to 2 weeks.

Click here to register and complete the online Category B (Provisional) application