iaedp Certification FAQs


Clinicians who practice in the field of eating disorders as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team.


iaedp is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA) to ensure best practices.  iaedp currently offers four certifications:

  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) for mental health therapists and physicians

  • Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) for registered dietitians

  • Certified Eating Disorders Registered Nurse (CEDRN) for registered nurses

  • Certified Eating Disorders Creative Arts Therapist (CEDCAT) for creative arts therapists


As the rate of individuals affected by eating disorders continues to grow, there is a greater need for qualified treatment providers in the field, and iaedp recognizes this need.

Professional Identity – Certification validates levels of knowledge, training and expertise.

Professional Commitment – A certified clinician is proclaiming one’s commitment to a chosen specialty.

Promotion of Ethical Standards and Quality Care – Certified professionals demonstrate a commitment to high standards of care.  Required continued education ensures awareness of changes in the field.

Increased Consumer Confidence and Recognition – Consumers can be assured of a high level of professional standards in training, experience and knowledge established by a third party of peers.

Increased Marketability and Competitive Edge – Employers, consumers and colleagues have increased confidence of expertise possessed by a certified professional.  Certification provides an edge for job placement and advancement and enables the holder to negotiate a higher salary.

Measure of Professional Excellence – In addition to the validation of knowledge and experience, certification provides guidelines that push the professional beyond satisfactory limits to levels of excellence.

Professional Growth – Certification renewal requirements ensure that certified professionals are updated on latest trends and treatment modalities.  Interaction with like-minded colleagues provides support and reduces burnout.

Personal Satisfaction – Certification is a reflection of one’s personal standards and commitment to professional growth.  It allows one to acknowledge personal strengths, competencies, experiences and achievements.

Dedication to Clinical Advancement – Certification is evidence that both the professional and iaedp are diligent in seeking advancement in training, education, research and competency in addressing the complexities involved in the treatment of eating disorders.

How do I begin?

All required forms for the Traditional or Equivalency paths are available at www.iaedp.com