38 Free CEUs for Dietitians: Your Ultimate Guide!

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Are you down to the wire on your five-year renewal cycle and frantically googling “free CEUs for dietitians”? 

Calling all savvy dietitians ready to get more bang for your continuing education buck: this is your ultimate round-up of free CEUs for dietitians to collect those required hours, fast!

Gain the knowledge you need to stay on top of the research and best practices in your niche while staying on track with licensure, all while keeping your income, in the bank!

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Registered dietitians are required to have a minimum of 75 hours of approved continuing education documented per each five-year cycle. And free CEUs are a great way to meet those requirements.

A few states have additional requirements, whether it is for hours to be documented with each year’s licensure renewal, or specific kinds of continuing education. Be sure to check with your state licensing board to ensure that you’re meeting your state-specific minimum requirements, long before the deadline. 

No matter your location or specialty, this post is your robust round-up of free CEUs: be sure to bookmark this article for reference. We have a curated list of 38 different opportunities, which includes the content covered, who the presenters are and how many hours are offered. Keep reading – one of these offers eight free CUEs for dietitians. 

Note: continuing education is tallied per hour or partial hour. These may be labeled as CEUs, CEs or CPEUs – all approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

We’ll kick off our comprehensive roundup with our very own free CEU right here on RD2RD: Getting Started with Digital Products. This webinar is hosted by RD2RD founder Megan Boitano and guides fellow dietitians through crafting digital products for their own business needs as well as for selling on RD2RD. 

Ethics CEUs

All RDs are required to complete continuing education related to ethics during each five-year cycle. The following courses are approved for this specific requirement, and as with everything listed in this post, they’re all free!

Ethics Isn’t Optional: Understanding and Applying the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Code of Ethics – 1 hour

This self-study course is available on-demand for RDs to learn about and also apply the code of ethics to your practice. Examples are based on potential ethics violations in a work setting for RDs to feel more confident addressing ethical challenges. This course expires 4/22/22.

Ethics and the Dietitian in the Digital Age – 1 hour

Via this free article, RDs will learn best practices for using social media responsibly and ethically. This course expires on 6/30/22. 

Code of Ethics – Do It Right – 1 hour

Dietitian 360 offers this free on-demand course covering the Code of Ethics and how registered dietitians can apply it to their work.

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General Nutrition CEUs

In this section, we have seven hours of CEUs for you to peruse; they apply to just about any niche or specialty. The rest of this article lists opportunities by discipline. You’ll be able to quickly scan the topics to find your perfect free webinar or course, all without spending a single penny. 

Evidence-Based Use of Probiotics, Prebiotics and Fermented Foods for Digestive Health – 2 hours

This training offers information about pre and probiotics as well as practical information for dietitians to guide their clients on use. The training was written by Hannah D. Holscher, PhD, RD, Robert Hutkins, PhD, and Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD. 

Managing Sleep, Stress, and Mood  – 1 hour

Nature Made sponsors this recorded webinar hosted by Chris Mohr, PhD, RD. Dr. Mohr presents the latest research about sleep and stress and how they impact immunity. He also offers guidance around supplement strategies to improve mental and physical wellness.

State Of The Plate: America’s Fruit & Vegetable Consumption Trends – 1 hour

Did you know that 9 out of 10 American adults do not eat enough fruits and vegetables each day? This Produce for Better Health webinar discusses trends in produce consumption, and more importantly, what registered dietitians can do to improve their intake. 

Malnutrition & Obesity: The Dietetic Conundrum – 1 hour

In this on-demand webinar, dietitians will learn how to screen for malnutrition and best practices for nutrition support. This webinar features Louise Becroft, Australian registered dietitian. 

Practical applications of the low-FODMAP diet in clients with IBS – 1 hour

Did you know that IBS affects 15% of the population? IBS expert Kate Scarlata, MPH, RDN, LDN guides dietitians through best practices for using the low-FODMAP diet for your patients with IBS. 

Traditional Diets in Focus: The Benefits of the Nordic Diet  – 1 hour

Registered Dietitian Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN introduces fellow RDs to the Nordic eating pattern, which has a focus on cold-water fish, whole grains including rye, and many fruits and vegetables. 

An In-Depth Look at the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans  – 1 hour

Fresh Avocados sponsors this continuing education opportunity hosted by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND. This presentation includes a discussion about the inaugural change to the dietary guidelines for Americans, including recommendations for children aged 0 to 24 months, and for pregnant and lactating women.

Community Nutrition CEUs

COVID Can’t Stop Us: How to Deliver Live Virtual Cooking Classes and Demos on Zoom – 1 hour

In this on-demand webinar, Liz Weiss, MS, RDN gives best practices for dietitians considering offering cooking classes to boost their client’s confidence and skills in the kitchen. This free webinar is sponsored by the Beef Council. 

How Retail Dietitians Create Value with Mediterranean Family Meals – 1 hour

This continuing education opportunity is offered by Oldways, a food and nutrition non-profit. In this free dietitian CEU webinar, you’ll learn about the research supporting the Mediterranean Diet as well as how to connect with clients to implement the Mediterranean Diet for grocery store dietitians.

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Women’s Health CEUs

Women, Wellness, & Menopause: The Role of Nutrition & Fitness for Optimal Health – 1 hour

This on-demand webinar offers best practices for the management of hot flashes, trouble sleeping, mood swings, and other symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. After watching the recorded webinar, contact sponsor Dairy West to receive your continuing education certificate.

Clinical Nutrition CEUs

Helping New Patients Adjust to Dialysis – 1 hour

This course is designed for renal health care professionals, including RDs, who work with patients who are new to dialysis. This webinar imparts support strategies for your patient’s first thirty days of dialysis. 

Glucose Management in the ICU: The Evolving Role of Nutrition – 1 hour

This on-demand program offered by Nestle describes the recent evidence around blood glucose control in the ICU setting for critically ill patients. Dietitians learn about nutritional management practices shown to improve glycemic control and patient outcomes. 

Nutrition: Recipe for Success in Wound Healing – 1 hour

Learn the macronutrients and micronutrients that are critical for wound healing. This webinar is an introduction to the Wound Care Certification offered by the Wound Care Education Institute. This webinar is free with code NWCC. 

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Pediatric Nutrition CEUs

Pediatric Nutrition in Practice: Accredited for Dietitians – 12 hours total

Nestle Nutrition Institute offers this robust, complimentary training program for RDs and DTRs. Each of the 12 modules includes one hour of training. Modules include infant feeding, chronic diseases and metabolic disorders. 

5 Fool-Proof Steps to Managing Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy in Infancy – 1 hour

This on-demand webinar was created by two registered dietitians to help the RD learn the difference between a cow’s milk allergy and intolerance and best practices to support the child’s growth. 

Nutritional Intervention of Infants with or at Risk of Growth Failure: When? How? Is What we do Enough? – 1 hour

Learn how to identify infants with or at risk of growth failure and how to optimize growth. Best practices of concentrated formula use is also covered. 

Beyond a Bite: A Mindful Eating Approach for Pediatric Autism and Neurodivergence – 1 hour

Dietitian Yaffi Lvova, RDN hosts this on-demand webinar teaching RDs how to tap into children’s natural curiosity to become more confident eaters. This free CEU opportunity also covers safe food handling practices. 

Confidently Nourishing Children: What’s the Deal with Dairy?  – 1 hour

The National Dairy Council sponsors this on-demand training led by Holley Grainger, MS, RD. This training dives into common concerns related to dairy including acne, asthma, as well as various options in the dairy case and alternatives (e.g., organic, lactose-free).

Do you work with families in your business? We have 12 Healthy Food Activities for Preschoolers That Everyone Will Enjoy that you can use for your next preschool workshop. There are a range of ideas to try, all with a focus on exploring and enjoying healthy foods. 

Geriatric Nutrition CEUs

IDDSI: Teamwork From Regulatory Requirements to Successful Implementation – 1.5 hours

Becky Dorner and Associates offer this free dietitian CEU opportunity. RDs learn about dysphagia, MNT specific to long-term care settings as well as evidence-based practice for a variety of conditions. 

Fortification vs Food First Approach: Increasing the nutritional quality of aged care menus – 1 hour

Registered Dietitian Louise Murray guides listeners on how to design high-calorie menus in a long-term care setting and the opportunity to improve outcomes for the residents. Use of supplements and fortified foods is also discussed. 

Nutrition in older adults during COVID-19 times – immunity, isolation and food: advice and practical solutions – 1 hour

Registered dietitian Ngaire Hobbins guides listeners through the evidence of why older adults are more susceptible to COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. Dietitians will learn strategies to support older adults, both in the community and in a long-term care facility.

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Sports Nutrition CEUs

The Female (and Male) Athlete Triad: Updates, Nutrition Implications and Screening Tools to Prevent Low Bone Mineral Density – 1 hour

This webinar is sponsored by Dairy West and features Kim Schwabenbauer, MS, RD, CSSD as host. This on-demand presentation covers the nutrition implications and health issues associated with the female and male athlete triad and the updated evidence-based parallels in males.  After watching the recorded webinar, contact Dairy West to receive your continuing education certificate.

Stress Fractures in Athletes: How to Prevent and How to Treat? The Balance of Returning to Sport and the Need for Safe Healing – 1 hour

Overuse injuries are becoming more and more common in young athletes. This webinar discusses signs of potential injury with the guidance on when to seek professional care. After watching the recorded webinar, contact Dairy West to receive your continuing education certificate.

If you’re looking for the most robust training available to dietitians for sports nutrition, you’re going to want to run, not walk to this blog post: Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)

And if you’d like to compare the training and expectations of the CSSD credential to other certification programs available, this blog post The Best Sports Nutrition Certifications (and a Few to Skip) covers several great options as well as a few to skip. 

Intuitive Eating and HAES CEUs

Weight Inclusive Care: Evidence and Best Practices – 2 hours

This self-study course is offered by Today’s Dietitian and teaches you about the differences between weight normative versus weight inclusive care in dietetics. The course also offers guidance about how to apply weight-inclusive strategies in your practice.

Six Simple Steps to Using Mindful Eating with your Clients – 1.5 hours

This article demonstrates how to utilize mindful eating techniques with your clients. Gain confidence in talking about hunger and fullness cues, and discuss techniques your clients can use to recognize and respond to hunger. This CEU is only free through 8/31/21, but will be available for purchase beyond that.

Are you considering the CEDRD credential and not sure if it is the right fit for you? Our blog post Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a CEDRD covers the ins and outs of this rigorous credential. 

Hearing more about Intuitive Eating and not sure what it is exactly? No worries, our blog post What Does an Intuitive Eating Dietitian Actually Do (and Is It Right for You?) lets you better understand this approach to nutrition practice. You’ll feel more informed and confident about Intuitive Eating (IE). It is possible you’re already using aspects of IE without even knowing it!

Food Systems and Sustainability CEUs

Sustainable Food Systems Master Class: Faculty Roundtable  – 1 hour

In this round table discussion, Sherene Chou, MS, RD, Kate Geagan, MS, RD, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, and Chris Vogliano, MS, RD discuss how organic and regenerative agriculture can help to reshape the future of food and the health of our planet. 

Sustainable Diets: How Regenerative Agriculture and Nutrient-Dense Foods Can Help Support Human and Planetary Health  – 1 hour

General Mills sponsors this webinar where Kevin Miller, PhD, and Jim Eckberg, PhD discuss best food choices for nutrient density as well as sustainability. RDs will gain knowledge of what regenerative agriculture practices are and how they benefit the environment.

Business CEUs

How to grow your business: Attracting clients online – 1 hour

In this on-demand webinar, Libby Rothchild, RD shows RDs how to attract their dream clients without a needing website. It is all about showing up with consistent, targeted messaging on Instagram 

Monetize Your Expertise – 1 hour

RD2RD founder Megan Boitano, MS, RDN guides fellow entrepreneurs through best practices of making effective digital products. Learn how to craft new products and optimize sales. 

Getting your private practice started? You won’t want to miss our blog post: 10 Essentials for Starting Your Booming Nutrition Private Practice. This article covers how to specify your ideal client, which software programs to consider using and legal considerations to protect yourself. 

Self-Care CEU

Coping with COVID-19: Self-care for Clinical Dietitians  – 1 hour

In this on-demand webinar, psychologist Glenn Mackintosh shares practical strategies to help dietitians manage stress and cultivate self-compassion during this uncertain and difficult time.

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Even more free CEUs for dietitians

Preceptor Training  – 8 hours

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a complimentary training program for RDs to become preceptors to dietetic interns. The continuing education opportunity is a self-based course aimed to empower RDs to confidently host dietitian students and interns. 

Blog post: Precepting Interns as a Private Practice Dietitian 

Journal Articles – 1 hour per article

Members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have the benefit of free CPE for reading journal articles and passing the associated quiz. Each new issue of the Journal offers a few hours of CPE. While membership is not free, this is a robust benefit if you do choose to become a member. 

Free CPE for Academy Members – varies

From current trends in food allergies to managing diabetes at home, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a plethora of free, on-demand webinars available to members. Courses are also available for purchase for non-members. 

Registered Dietitians (RD / RDN) Free CEU Forum – varies

Join more than 5,000 members of this active Facebook group whose sole purpose is to share free continuing education opportunities for dietitians. 

Siggi’s Sessions – varies

Siggi’s yogurt offers free CEU opportunities to dietitians who make a complimentary account on the Siggi’s website.

Free CEUs for dietitians: key takeaways

These days, free continuing education for dietitians are aplenty – you just have to know where to look. Are there any opportunities that we missed? Comment below!

And if you have been considering listing your first product on RD2RD, why not watch our Getting Started webinar: not only does it share best practices to make the most sales, it also garners you an hour of free CPE. That’s a win-win webinar!

Be sure to save this post for later: this roundup will be sure to save your wallet while propelling your knowledge forward. What’s better than being able to skip one more business expense?

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