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.


Illinois Dietitian Nutritionist Practice Act

Illinois House Bill 4665 was passed in April 2022 and signed by Governor Pritzker on May 27, 2022. This legislation extends licensure for Dietitians until January 1, 2028. Changes to the law took effect on January 1, 2023. Scheduled to be repealed January 1, 2028. Click the link to read this statute Illinois (225 ILCS 30) Dietitian Nutritionist Practice Act


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


Academy and Illinois Affiliate Advocate for 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, please contact the new dietitian board liaison at IDFPR, Rochelle Hartman; email [email protected] or phone (217) 524-2167.


Illinois Licensure Renewal

State licensure needs to be renewed by October 31 every odd numbered year. Initial application and renewal is $100. Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) requires a one-hour course in Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Implicit Bias Awareness Training per renewal period. 

To renew, visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Online Renewal website and follow the instructions listed. If you currently do not have an Online Account, you will be required to register before proceeding.

Look up or renew license here


What is the Purpose Licensure?

To protect the public by ensuring every person who practices dietetics and nutrition (including Medical Nutrition Therapy) is qualified by meeting the requirements for a license. Additionally, licensure often provides health insurance companies and state and federal governments with the assurance that these practitioners meet standards of professional competence in order to be reimbursed for providing nutrition care services.

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