University of Florida offers multiple pathways to prepare you to sit for the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM®|CFPP®) Credentialing Exam.Can't Decide Which Course To Take? Let Us Help
There are multiple pathways designed for individuals to become eligible to sit for the CBDM® exam. Your academic and work history will determine which course/courses you will need to take in order to sit for the credentialing exam. The most popular option is Pathway I, which requires you to take the Nutrition & Food Protection Professional Training course. Students selecting to take advantage of pathways II, III, or V must have at least 2 foodservice management courses and 1 nutrition course before becoming eligible to sit for the exam. If you are missing any of these 3 courses on your higher education transcript you can supplement the required course work with one, two, or all three of our online courses listed in our course listing below.
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Pathway I: Nutrition & Foodservice Professional Training: This is the most popular course. This comprehensive course is designed to prepare candidates who do not have a 2- or 4-year higher education degree. Approved by ANFP, this training program offers 120 hours of online didactic content and 150 hours of field experience. After successfully completing our program you simply submit a copy of your UF certificate of completion to be eligible to sit for the CBDM® exam.
Pathway II: This pathway is designed for candidates who hold a 2- or 4-year college degree in foodservice management or nutrition, 2-year culinary arts degree, or 2-year hotel-restaurant management degree.
Pathway III: Designed for individuals who have graduated from a state-approved or other approved 90-hour foodservice course and who have 2 years of institutional foodservice management experience.
Pathway V: For candidates who hold an alternate 2-year, 4-year, or higher college degree. Students selecting this pathway must have at least 5 years of institutional foodservice management experience.