Prep For Your CDM, CFPP Credential With The University of Florida

The University of Florida offers multiple pathways to prepare you to sit for the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM®|CFPP®) Credentialing Exam.

Fill out our pathway finder and determine which pathway is best for you:

Pathway Finder

Pathway I:

This pathway is designed for candidates who do not have a 2- or 4-year higher education degree. Approved by ANFP, this training program offers 120 hours of online educational content and 150 hours of field experience. After successfully completing our program you simply submit a copy of your UF certificate of completion to be eligible to sit for the CBDM® exam. 

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Pathway II:

This pathway is designed for candidates who hold a 2- or 4-year college degree in foodservice management or nutrition, 2-year culinary arts degree, or 2-year hotel-restaurant management degree.

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Pathway III(b):

This pathway is designed for candidates who have at least 2 or more years of noncommercial foodservice management experience.

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Pathway V:

This pathway is designed for candidates who hold an alternate 2-year, 4-year, or higher college degree. Students selecting this pathway must have at least 5 years of institutional foodservice management experience. 

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Ruby Parker Puckett CDM, CFPP Scholarship

The Ruby Parker Puckett Scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing the CDM, CFPP credential. This scholarship covers the cost of the pre-certification course at the University of Florida, the two textbooks required for the course, the credentialing exam and a year long membership with the ANFP. For details about the scholarship, download the Ruby Parker Puckett Scholarship PDF. The application for Spring 2020 has closed. The Fall scholarship application will open August 2020. Please check back at that time.


First-ever scholarship winner for Spring 2020: Danielle Davis

First-ever scholarship winner for Spring 2020: Danielle Davis

My name is Danielle Davis I was born and raised in Florida and moved to Kentucky in 2007 with my family. A graduate from Washington County High School, I work at a 59-bed long-term care facility and have found working in the food services department to be a rewarding learning experience. As I begin working towards the next step in a food services career, I look forward to learning new and innovative ideas to incorporate into my everyday work and home life. A big part of my life is caring for my son, my mother and her declining health, and my four younger siblings. I am grateful for the opportunity that this scholarship has presented me with not only academically, but at a chance to better my life.