Who Should Enroll?
Becoming a Certified Dietary Manager
If you are wondering if a career as a Certified Dietary Manager is right for you, you should compare your interests, talents and skills to the types of duties you will perform.
- Are you interested in health, nutrition and food?
- Do you have good communication skills?
- Do you feel comfortable motivating and teaching others?
- Are you a problem-solver?
Earning Your CDM, CFPP
If you have two or more years of full-time non-commercial foodservice managemen work experience*, you may qualify to be eligible to earn the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP) credential; by successfully completing this training along with your management experience. Those with the nationally recognized CDM, CFPP credential are in high demand due to regulatory requirements. Plus, those with the CDM, CFPP credential earn more money than dietary managers who are not certified. According to the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), salaries vary by region, but the national average is more than $53,000 as of November, 2018.
For more information about becoming certified, visit the CBDM website.
*Non-commercial foodservice operations serve food as support within an institution such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, military, correctional facilities, or community feeding programs and are typically subsidized by the institution from which they operate. They have third-party oversight by agencies such as The Joint Commission (TJC), local and/or state health departments, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), etc.
Meeting the Course Participation Requirements
In order to enroll in the Pathway III(b) Dietary ManagerTraining, you must:
- be a high school graduate, have a GED certificate, or a letter of endorsement from your supervisor or administrator
- have access to and check your email frequently
- to meet CDM Credentialing Exam eligibility using Pathway III(b); you must provide verification of two or more years of non-commercial foodservice management work experience. Visit cbdmonline.org to learn more.