APD Registration Number FAQs

Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is the credential for qualified dietitians.

Under the guidance of the Dietetic Credentialing Council (DCC) and under the Standards of  the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP), DA administers the APD Program.

An APD can choose to be a DA member, and an eligible DA member can also choose to be an APD.

To simplify the distinction, DA has introduced an APD Registration Number for all dietitians with active APD status. This is separate to the DA Number, which is linked to DA membership.

Dietitians who are both a DA member and an APD will have a DA Number and an APD Registration Number.

Why the change?

Externally, the benefit is having a much more accurate representation of active APD status. This is particularly relevant for key stakeholders including Medicare. Additionally, the number will allow better internal data collection and analysis opportunity for our APD population. It also allows our Register of Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect accurate APD status data.

What happens now?

No action is required from APDs in relation to this change.

APDs will receive their annual APD Certificate via email within 5 days of renewing their APD status for 2018. Their APD Certificate will include their APD Registration Number.

Medicare have been advised of this change and have been advised to use the APD Registration Number on an individual record. This does not change the Provider Number and there is no requirement for APDs to re-register with Medicare. DA will continue to report active APD status to Medicare as has always been the case.

Do dietitians now have statutory registration (through AHPRA)?

No. ‘Registration’ in the context of an APD Registration Number refers to an APD being listed on the Register of Accredited Practising Dietitians.