Eligible Types of CE Activities
Q: If I submit the minimum required 45 hours for my three-year recertification period, will I meet the CE requirement?
A: No, not necessarily. The total minimum required CE hours is 45 hours. Of the 45 CE hours, you must have 9.0 CE hours related to Sanitation and Safety and 1.0 CE hour pertaining to Professional Ethics. If you do not meet fully these CE requirements, you will not have met the requirements for your three-year recertification period.
Effective June 1, 2019, you must upload via the My Certification page of your ANFP record all required documentation for each reported CE activity. You will not be able to submit the CE program until you do so.
If you are placed in the CE Audit, you must upload the required documentation for all reported programs, even those completed prior to June 1, 2019. Failure to do so and have the documentation CBDM approved may result in termination of your CDM, CFPP certification. Learn more about the CE Audit here and in the CE Audit FAQs.
Q: What types of educational programs can I participate in for continuing education hours?
A: Examples include workshops, conferences, seminars, college courses, trade/food shows, journal clubs, in-services, online courses, teleconferences, webinars, and books. Programs must be a combined total of at least 30 minutes long to be eligible for CE. Tours of plants/facilities are limited to one CE hour. Programs must be related to the fields of Nutrition, Food Service, Personnel and Communications, Sanitation and Safety, and Business Operations. Once CE hours have been earned for a specific program, that program cannot be resubmitted for credit again, regardless of whether it is a subsequent certification period.
Credit can only be earned once for any given program. Refer to the CBDM Guide to Maintaining Your CDM, CFPP Credential for more information.
Q: Can I get CE credit for a program previously attended and reported?
A: Once CE hours have been earned for a specific program, the program cannot be resubmitted for credit again, regardless of whether it is in a subsequent certification period. Credit can only be earned once for any given program. If a program is taught multiple times/dates, it can be reported only once.
Q: What types of programs are considered “Sanitation and Safety”?
A: Programs that address safe food handling and storage, infection control, time and temperature regulations, HACCP principles, foodborne pathogens, food allergies, HIV/AIDS, ServSafe training programs, hygiene, disaster preparedness, pandemic disease, and active shooter training are eligible for Sanitation and Safety CE. The CE hours must be reported and required documentation uploaded via the My Certification page of your ANFP record. You must complete and submit a minimum of nine (9.0) CE hours in Sanitation and Safety for each three-year recertification period.
Q: What types of programs qualify for a Professional Ethics program?
A: Beginning June 1, 2019, one (1.0) of the required 45 CE hours must pertain to Professional Ethics. Professional Ethics encompasses standards, values, and guiding principles related to personal and business behaviors of professionals. Related topics include business/code of conduct, confidentiality, conflict of interest, diversity and inclusion, HIPAA/privacy and patient rights/dignity. The CE hours must be reported and required documentation uploaded via the My Certification page of your ANFP record.
Q: What happens if I report more than the nine CE hours required for Sanitation and Safety and the one CE hour required for Professional Ethics?
A: Any reported Sanitation and Safety CE hours that exceed the nine (9.0) CE hours requirement or Professional Ethics CE hours that exceeds the one (1.0) CE hour requirement will automatically convert to General CE hours.
Q: Can I report books toward recertification requirements?
A: Yes, books are an eligible CE activity when completed and reported in compliance with CBDM policy. A maximum of 6.0 CE hours can be reported for books in a three-year recertification period. If more than 6.0 CE hours are reported for books, only 6.0 will be recorded to your record and count toward the recertification requirements. Excess hours reported will not carry over to the next recertification period.
The book must have a publication date or five years old or less. For required documentation, you must upload via the My Certification page of your ANFP record a copy of the title page, copy of the copyright page, copy of the table of contents and a summary of purpose and evaluation, which is your assessment of what you learned and how it applies to your role as a CDM, CFPP.
Q: Can I report Trade/Food Shows for CE hours?
A: A maximum of five (5.0) CE hours can be earned from viewing exhibits at trade/food shows during a three-year recertification period. CE Hours are awarded on the basis of time. Trade/food show hours are spent viewing trade/food show exhibits, as well as food demonstrations, bake-offs, ice carving, and food presentations. The CE hours must be reported and required documentation uploaded via the My Certification page of your ANFP record. Required documentation includes proof of attendance, program brochure with list of exhibitors and amount of time allocated to the trade/food show, and a brief description of how the program was a valuable learning experience and how it will impact your current or future professional practice.
Q: Can I earn CE hours for college coursework?
A: Yes. Each semester/credit hour is eligible for 18 CE hours. The CE must be reported and required documentation must be uploaded via the My Certification page. To be eligible for CE, you must earn a grade of C or higher. A maximum of 36 CE hours can be reported for college coursework in a three-year recertification period. Required documentation includes course description, transcript showing course title, and a brief summary of what you learned and how it enhances your competency as a CDM, CFPP.
Q: Do in-service programs qualify for CE hours?
A: Attending an in-service program at your facility related to Nutrition, Foodservice, Personnel and Communications, and/or Sanitation and Safety is an eligible CE activity if it is in compliance with CBDM policy. Required documentation includes the program agenda with content and learning objectives, topics, date and time frames as well as a copy of the sign-in sheet or verification of attendance from your employer with topic, date and time frames. Business portions of meetings, training employees, facility policies and procedures, or new employee orientations do NOT qualify for CE hours. Additional documentation includes a brief description of why the program was a valuable learning experience and how it will impact your current or future professional practice.