Guidelines for Obtaining Continuing Professional Education Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians

The Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND) approves continuing educational programs held within any Colorado State County based on the program presenter’s credentials, program content and length. CAND does not approve multi-state programs, group study programs or self-study programs. One (1) continuing professional education (CPE) hour is given per hour of presentation, interactive discussion, poster review and Exhibitor contact.

All materials must be submitted at least one month prior to the event.

Steps to Apply for Continuing Education Approval:

  1. Submit one signed copy of the Continuing Education Prior Approval Request Form.
  2. Submit activity to That also allows activities to be searchable in our database (a benefit for providers and practitioners). Any live activity that receives prior approval can be recorded and the recording can then be offered for CE credit for 3 years.
  3. Submit one copy of the Timed Agenda and Printed Program/Brochure with the following information:
    1. Specific timeline for registration, introduction, welcomes, coffee/meal breaks and discussions. An activity must be at least one hour to qualify for CPE hours. After the first hour, half-hour segments may be approved. Fractions of a half hour are rounded up at 16 minutes and down at 15 minutes.
    2. Information regarding the target audience.
    3. Qualifications of speaker(s) on topic(s) presented.
  4. Email materials to Hillary Green at
  5. Make payment.
    Payment by check made payable to CAND can be mailed to: CAND, 6300 East Hampden Avenue, Suite C #314, Denver, CO 80222.
    Payment by credit card can be made by selecting appropriate hours below and clicking on "Buy Now". Fee is based on the number of credit hours requested.
    Continuing Education Payment

Steps to follow once your program has been approved: 

  1. Provide a Certificate of Attendance to all attendees. A Certificate of Attendance must include:
    1. Program title
    2. Program provider with contact information
    3. Date and location
    4. Number and level of approved CPE hours
  2. Maintain a documented attendance list for seven (7) years should the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) need to verify attendance during a CPE verification audit.
  3. Maintain the signed Prior Approval Request Form showing approval by CAND for (7) years. This document will be sent to you once your program has been approved.

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