A Dietitian is an expert on diet and nutrition. Within the profession there is a constant learning of skills and application of knowledge, allowing Dietitians to establish and implement the guidelines of maintaining healthy nutritional practises for all individuals.

Some other aspects of the field include treating individuals through specific dietary principles, perhaps related to an illness; offering guidelines for adequate food and nutrition in community institutions and participation in research aspects of the field.


The following professions are registered under the auspices of the Professional Board of Dietetics.


  • Supplementary Dietitians
  • Dietitians
  • Student Dietitians
  • Nutritionists
  • Student nutritionists
  • Supplementary Nutritionists



  • Nutrition Board Examination

  • The Professional Board for Dietetics and Nutrition in February 2014 RESOLVED that applicants who were approved to sit for the Nutrition Board Examination after the Grand Father Clause provision may contact University of Venda and North West University to arrange to sit for the final year examinations. Applicants are informed that the all arrangements should be made with the institution and that university rules will apply.

  • Dieteticts and Nutrition newsletter- November 2012

  • Nutrition is high on the global agenda, but South Africa has not yet reached all
    the milestones set for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The United
    Nations held its first High-Level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on 19 – 20 September 2011.

  • Dietetics and Nutrition newsletter - 2011

    With the Register for Nutritionists now fully functional, the HPCSA registered 61 Nutritionists in January this year. On the Register is also 155 student Nutritionists and the names of 33 practitioners were added under the Grand Father Clause.



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