This is a common question and it can be confusing to know which individuals are qualified dietetic professionals. A "Registered Dietitian", "Dietitian" or "R.D." are professional titles that are protected by law, through provincial legislation. Only those who have met all registration requirements are legally permitted to use this title. Within Newfoundland and Labrador the title "Nutritionist" is not protected by law. Someone claiming to be a "Nutritionist", "Registered Nutritionist", "Nutrition Consultant", etc. may not be a Registered Dietitian. Be careful as their qualifications and education in regards to food and nutrition may vary.
Someone claiming to be a Registered Dietitian must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree specializing in nutrition and food; they must have completed practical training within a clinical/community/administrative setting. Practicing dietitians must have successfully completed a national exam and must be registered with a provincial regulatory body such as the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dietitians.