1.0 BRIEF INTRODUCTION
Oral exams are a method of examining a student’s knowledge and ability to critically analyze and defend it in the present moment. Oral exams will be used to assess the integration of theoretical principles to real-life situations, scenarios, or to practice settings.
1.1 Oral Exam Purpose
Oral exams will present an opportunity to the nutrition and dietetics graduates at degree level to discuss and demonstrate their integration of theoretical knowledge during demonstrations of assigned tasks as a pre-requisite for entry as an accredited or registered nutritionists or dieticians.
Oral examinations shall assess mastery and understanding of the core competencies domains one is expected to acquire through the academic journey and more specifically during the internship/attachment practicum as per your chosen areas of professionalism;
- Clinical Nutrition
- Clinical Dietetics
- Food Service Diet Therapists
- Community Nutrition
- Public Health Nutrition
- Food Science Nutrition
The core competencies domains for each of these 6 cadres are well described in the KNDI Internship Policy Guidelines; https://www.kndi.institute/internship/guidelines_2020.pdf
These exams will be a prerequisite to undertake KNDI written licensing professional examinations required to become a registered Nutritionist or Dietician and satisfies requirements for professional recognition at Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute (KNDI).
Before issuance of full license for practice, it is expected that each applicant has acquired the requisite skills, expanded knowledge base and experiential background necessary to function as entry-level Nutritionists or Dieticians with a well-defined professional niche.
1.2 Oral Exam Scope
The oral exam is a 45 minute one on one interview with examiners in the 6 cadres.
Each individual candidate will be assessed on;
- Communication and presentation skills.
- Understanding of the legal framework for nutrition and dietetics practice in Kenya.
- Application and mastery of the core competencies as per the chosen area of professionalism/cadre mentioned above.
Oral examinations will be conducted online via zoom platform.
2.0 WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR ORAL EXAMINATIONS
Each applicant/student/candidate MUST have;
- Met the KNDI Legalized Entry Grades for admission into the nutrition and dietetics program at certificate, diploma and degree levels; https://www.kndi.institute/notices/Legal_Notice_160_267_Entry_Grades.pdf. If you have not met fully the legalized entry grades, you shall be required to apply for aptitude and professional upgrade examinations.
- Successfully applied for KNDI Professional Indexing and be issued with KNDI Index Number. To verify the status of Professional Indexing follow this link https://osp.kndi.institute/#/indexing/verify/status
- Completed the full duration of the degree programme in foods, nutrition and dietetics in a KNDI Accredited Institutions.
- (a) The institution should be training their students by following the approved KNDI core curriculum (degree core curriculum guidelines).
- (b) The candidate/applicant/student must have passed the final examination in the KNDI accredited institutions and attained a minimum grade of pass as evidenced by presentation of a certificate and transcripts in respective area of training
Oral Examination is only meant for applicants who have graduated with Bachelors in foods, nutrition and dietetics from KNDI Accredited Institutions.
3.0 ORAL EXAMINATIONS FEES
Each applicant shall be required to pay Kshs. 10,000/= in order to sit for the oral examinations.
Payments shall strictly be done online via the KNDI online service portal using an auto generated invoice upon application.
4.0 PREPARING FOR ORAL EXAMS
Before you sit for the oral exam, you should study to refresh your nutrition and dietetic knowledge and learn how nutritionists and dietitians practice in Kenya and beyond.
The exam can cover any area of nutrition and dietetics practice as outlined in the KNDI Internship Policy Guidelines and curriculum covered during your training at degree level.
The examinable units for the competency areas/cadres are available in the KNDI Downloads, Examinations Guidelines Section.
Applicants can also check the Kenya National Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Reference Manual.
We base our exam questions on the standard we expect of entry-level (new graduate) nutritionists and dietitians practising in Kenya.
Top tips for your oral exam
- Revise thoroughly your nutrition and dietetic knowledge.
- Pretend you're in a real one on one client counselling session when being examined.
- It’s up to you to prepare for your exams.
- Your exam is confidential and therefore you aren't allowed to share with anybody what case scenarios or questions was in your exam. Before you sit for your exam, we shall require that you sign a declaration saying you won't share any information whatsoever.
5.0. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION OF ORAL EXAMINATIONS
The following documents must be provided/attached and scanned in PDF formats by each candidate to be considered for oral examinations;
- An official application letter seeking for oral examinations;
- (a) The application letter should be signed on by the student
- (b) Mention the competency area/cadre to be examined.
- (c) Address the letter to the KNDI CEO, P.O. Box 20436 – 00100, Nairobi - Kenya
- Degree certificate
- Degree transcripts (4 years degree transcripts stamped by the University Registrar)
- K.C.S.E certificate.
- KNDI indexing card
6.0 CALENDAR FOR 2024 AND HOW TO APPLY FOR ORAL EXAMINATIONS
6.1 Calendar for Oral Examinations 2024
ORAL EXAMINATIONS CALENDAR 2024
FEE CHARGED (Kes)
|Oral examinations application
(Degree graduates only)
1st Dec 2023 – 5th Feb 2024
|1st May – 31st Jul 2024
|Oral examinations application deadline
(Degree graduates only)
29th Feb 2024
|31st Jul 2024
|Oral examinations administration
(Degree graduates only)
4th - 15th March 2024
|19-30th Aug 2024
The Application Window for February 2024 is Open
6.2 How to apply for oral examinations
Oral examinations application processes are done online through the KNDI OSP available at; https://oexam.kndi.institute/#/
7.0 OUTCOME FOR THE ORAL EXAMINATIONS
The oral exam is a pre-requisite exam that you need to pass in order for you to proceed to the final KNDI written licensing examinations.
To pass the oral exam the candidate must successfully demonstrate;
- An understanding of the legal framework for nutrition and dietetics practice in Kenya
- Competency in the cadre being examined.
You must therefore pass the oral exam before you can apply to sit the written licensing examinations.
If you don’t pass, you shall be required to undertake and pay for refresher classes.
If you have questions about oral examinations, please contact;
Call Hotline 1: +254 0112 514 865
Call Hotline 2: +254 0738 608 882