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Nutrition and Foodservice Professional Training Program (Certificate)

Approved since 1988 by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). The ANFP Program Review Committee has granted full approval to the online Nutrition and Foodservice Professional Training Program (formerly known as Dietary Manager Training Program) through August 31, 2023.

The Nutrition and Foodservice Professional Training Program is a proven successful pathway (ANFP Pathway I) to obtain the nationally recognized credentials CDM and CFPP.  Our program requires 16 credits that can be done online and part -time in three (3) semesters. The required internship can usually be done in YOUR facility. (Individuals that have two years of institution foodservice management experience, may qualify for Fast Track – Pathway III(b)).

Career Information
CDM, CFPPs are nationally recognized experts at managing foodservice operations. Many work in healthcare, nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, senior living communities, or hospitals. Some work in correctional facilities, schools, and the military. Others work for corporations. Certified Dietary Managers are trained and qualified to manage menus, food purchasing, and food preparation; and to apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, ensure food safety, manage work teams, and much more. Become a CDM

National Certification (Credentialing Exam)
Students who complete the certificate are eligible to earn two credentials, Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP) by taking a National Certification Exam offered by Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. The CDM/CFPP exam is offered year-round at more than 200 approved computer testing centers. Please refer to Exam Candidate Handbook.

Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP)
406 Surrey Woods Dr, St. Charles, IL 60174
Tel: 800.323.1908 or 630.587.6336 – Fax: 630.587.6308
Website: www.anfponline.org


2020-2021 Required Courses: 16 credits

Recommended Proficiencies:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Computer course strongly recommended

NTR104 Nutrition (3)
NTR223 Food Service Management (3)
NTR240 Clinical Nutrition (3)
NTR255 Medical Terminology, Labs & Food Interaction (1) Prerequisites: NTR104 or NTR200
NTR156 Foundations of Dietary Manager Internship (2) Prerequisites: NTR104 and NTR223
NTR196 Dietary Manager Internship (4) Prerequisite: NTR156, NTR223, NTR240, and NTR255

Other Requirements:

Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Students must earn at least one-third of the certificate credits from CAC.


DM Internship Information

The DM Internship requires a minimum of 150 hours of practical experience coordinated by the Dietetic Education Program Director and RD/Facilitator. From the 150 hours, 50 must be supervised by the RDN/Facilitator. Additionally, the intern must document at least 100 hours compiling a portfolio that will be submitted to the CAC RDN/Instructor of record.

Prior to beginning the internship experience, interns are required to register in NTR156 Foundations of Dietary Manager Internship. NTR156 is a two-credit class offered online. This class provides the foundation required to successfully complete the internship by identifying rotation facilities and RDN/Facilitator(s). The course emphasizes the legal and ethical aspects specific to internships for nutrition professionals.

DM Projects:
Project A – Nutrition and Medical Nutrition Therapy
Project B – Management of Food Service
Project C – Human Resource Management
Project D – Sanitation and Food Safety

Graduation and National Exams
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