The Annual Practising Certificate (APC) is issued to practitioners who meet the requirements set by the Dietitians Board. The APC is valid for up to twelve months until 31 March each year.
It is important for employers to note that a registered practitioner will be committing an offence if he or she practises without an annual practising certificate.
Practitioners who apply for an annual practising certificate will have to meet certain minimum recertification requirements. This includes undertaking of continuing professional development, maintaining regular peer contact and meeting required practice standards.
It is the practitioners responsibility to ensure their APC is current.
For clarity – if you employ a Registered Dietitian they should hold an APC if:
- They are using their knowledge and skills as a dietitian in their job
- Their job description requires them to be a registered dietitian
- The position they are employed in requires that they are a health professional
- They use their dietetic knowledge in their employment
- They call themselves a dietitian (or represent in any manner that they are authorised to practise dietetics)
You can check dietitians in your employment have a current APC through the Public Register in the top right of this page.