Illinois Licensure

Dietitian licensure resides with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Licensure needs to be renewed by October 31 every odd numbered year. New applications and renewals are $100. IDFPR requires a one-hour course in Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Implicit Bias Awareness Training per renewal period. IDFPR uses an online services portal for new applications and renewals. New applications will need to register/create an account. Step by step instructions are available on the IDFPR site. 

Illinois Licensure Delays 

The Academy and the Illinois affiliate were recently made aware of concerns from practitioners seeking to become licensed dietitian nutritionists, educational institutions and employers in the state of Illinois regarding slow application processing and communication that is resulting in employment challenges and financial burden. The Academy and affiliate worked together to advocate on this important issue, urging for swift resolution in a letter to Governor Pritzker whose administration oversees the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

If you have been negatively impacted due to licensure delays, contact the new dietitian board liaison at IDFPR, Rochelle Hartman; email [email protected] or phone (217) 524-2167.

What is the Purpose Licensure?

Our consumer protection efforts ensure that consumers are able to identify and access qualified professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, skill and competency necessary to provide safe and ethical nutrition therapy. As the public increasingly understands the importance of good nutrition, some individuals without any formal education, training or expertise in human nutrition or dietetics are exploiting this newly recognized market.

States' professional licensing laws help consumers identify who is a qualified practitioner to provide a particular set of specified services, known as the profession's scope of practice. Some individuals are not qualified for licensure because they lack the objective accredited education, experience and examination demonstrating their competency to provide services within the regulated profession's scope of practice.

Academy Resources:

Dietitian Nutritionist Practice Act

Illinois House Bill 4665 was passed in April 2022. It was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on May 27, 2022 and changes took effect on January 1, 2023. This legislation extends licensure for Dietitians until January 1, 2028. Click here to read this statute.


Thanks to those who supported the licensure process!
Julie Patterson, Annalynn Skipper, Pepin Tuma, Connie Locher-Bussard, Christine Cliff, Sara Umphfleet, Amy Moore, Mary Russell, Lisa Eaton Wright, Karen Greathouse, Terry McBride, Ashleigh Collins, Kelly Drews, Roberta Cooper-Meyer, Linda Roberts, Nancy Prange, and our Lobbyist David Ormsby

Updated May 2024