As a credentialed professional, CDM, CFPPs have worked hard to earn and maintain their professional certification. CBDM policies and procedures for CE Self Reporting and CE Audit are designed to uphold the integrity of the credential and help CDMs gain a professional edge with continuing education that meets defined standards.
Effective June 1, 2019, CDMs are required to submit all CE hours electronically by the end of their three-year recertification cycle. When submitting the CE program, all required documentation must also be electronically uploaded via My Certification. Physical, e-mailed, or faxed documentation sent to CBDM will not be accepted or returned. If a program is prior-approved, the only required documentation is proof of completion. If a CE program is not prior-approved, several different forms of verifiable documentation are required, and the documentation must be uploaded at the time the CE is submitted.
Each year, a selection of CDMs will be audited, either randomly or due to having completed/reported insufficient CE hours. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the CE reporting and audit processes:
- CE hours cannot be earned and reported until at least 24 hours after the certification has been activated or reinstated.
- Individuals whose certification status is inactive are not eligible to earn and report CE activity.
- Every three years, CDMs are required to earn and self report 45 hours of CE, including nine CE hours related to Sanitation and Food Safety and, beginning June 1, 2019, one CE hour pertaining to Professional Ethics.
- CDM, CFPPs whose three-year recertification cycle has ended on May 31 are subject to CBDM audit policies and procedures.
- Each year, some CDMs who have met their CE requirements are randomly selected for audit. ALL CDMs who have not met their CE requirements will be automatically placed in the audit process.
Maintaining the CDM, CFPP Credential
To maintain the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP) credential, CDMs need to:
- Pay the certification maintenance fee every year.
- Earn the required 45 hours of continuing education (CE) every three years. Of the 45 CE hours, a minimum of nine CE hours must focus on sanitation and food safety and beginning June 1, 2019, one hour must pertain to professional ethics.
- Report their CE hours and upload verifiable documentation of CE to the CBDM via the My Certification page in your record.
- Save all CE-related documentation for two, three-year certification cycles.
Benefits of Recertification
- Represents ongoing recognition and professional growth.
- Demonstrates commitment and competence in the nutrition and foodservice industry.
- Validates specific competency in the area of food safety and sanitation.
- Enhances professional credibility in a competitive job market.