Event Attendees Earning Continuing Education

CE Self-Reporting

All CDM, CFPPs are required to earn 45 continuing education (CE) hours every three years. Nine of the 45 CE hours must pertain to sanitation and safety and beginning June 1, 2019, one CE hour must pertain to professional ethics. You are permitted to earn more than nine CE hours in sanitation and safety and more than one hour in professional ethics. Additional hours will be automatically converted to General hours. CE hours can be earned and reported while actively certified and in the current three-year recertification period.

Education programs submitted for CE must be on topics related to Nutrition, Foodservice, Personnel and Communications, Healthcare, Sanitation and Safety, and Business Operations. 

Once CE hours have been earned for a specific program, the program cannot be resubmitted for credit again, regardless of whether it is a new certification period. Also, extra CE hours do not carry over from one, three-year period to another. Credit can only be earned once for any given program. View additional information on maintaining the credential HERE.

For questions regarding a prior CE recertification period, please contact CBDM at info@CBDMonline.org or 800-323-1908.

June 2014 began the self-reporting process where CDMs started tracking their own continuing education (CE) hours and submitting them into their record for the current three-year reporting period.

Effective June 1, 2019, CDMs are now required to submit all CE hours electronically by the end of their three-year recertification period. When submitting a CE program, all required documentation must also be electronically uploaded via the My Certification page. Physical, e-mailed, or faxed documentation sent to CBDM will not be accepted or returned. If a program is Prior Approved and submitted as . Prior Approved activity type, the only required documentation is the certificate of completion with your name, program title, location, date completed, hours earned, and the Prior Approval number. If a CE program is not Prior Approved, several different forms of required documentation are required, and the documentation must be uploaded at the time the CE is submitted.

If you do not have your own computer, there are viable solutions such as mobile devices, tablets, or utilizing public computers. 

For detailed information pertaining to required documentation for CE programs, click  HERE.   For additional guidance and a list of frequently asked questions, click  HERE. View a video tutorial and step-by-step instructions below.

NOTE: To ensure CE activities are recognized and recorded to your record, please do not enter CE activities until at least 24 hours after your certification has been activated or reinstated.

  1. Log in at www.CBDMonline.org .
  2. Under My Account links, select “My Certification”
  3. Select “Report CE”.
  4. Complete all pertinent fields for your CE activity. If it is a Prior Approved program, be sure to select “Prior Approved” for the program type and enter the CBDM approved provider number that is on your certificate of completion. Provide all of the required information.
  5. Select "Add Document." Upload all required documentation as specified. Select "Save" after uploading each document.
  6. Select “Submit” after uploading all the documents for the CE activities. NOTE: All CE hours submitted and documentation uploaded electronically via the My Certification page will show “submitted” status.

Calculating CE Hours

Calculation of CE hours is based on the minutes of attendance/participation time. One CE horu is equivalent to 60 minutes of attendance/participation in an education program. A minimum of 30 minutes of attendance/participation is required for CE. Thereafter, credit will be accrued in 15 minute increments, as illustrated in the table below. CE credit is not allowed for breaks, lunches, test time during a class, or networking activities. 

Program Length


60 minutes
45 minutes
30 minutes
15 minutes

# of CE Hours


1.0
0.75
0.50
0.25

CDMs should retain copies of all documentation for each program uploaded to the My Certification page for at least two consecutive three-year recertification periods.