Nutrition & Foodservice

Professional Training Program


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.

Associated Courses

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.

Applications are now open - the submission deadline is November 30th, 2021. Apply here: Application


My name is Lisa Thomas, and I work in the kitchen at St. Lucie Medical center. I started working here in 1996 and at the time, it was just another job and I needed to support my two children. As a young single parent, it gave me the flexibility I needed to allow my kids to participate in sports and school activities; I know how important it was for me to show my support by being there. Little did I know that over twenty years later, I would still be working as a Supervisor at St. Lucie. A few years ago, my youngest child graduated from high school. Now that my children had become adults and required a different kind of support from me, I started feeling like it was time for a change. The Ruby Parker Puckett scholarship would mean the world to me as it would give me the chance to take the first steps at achieving a goal I have had for years. Receiving the Ruby Parker Puckett Scholarship would positively affect my professional life by allowing me more opportunity to advance in my career, and also by helping me access the learning materials that would help to sharpen the skills that I already use daily while interacting with other employees and patients.

As a dedicated and ambitious employee, I have worked extremely hard and made my way up in the ranks at my job. However, currently I am at a point in my career where I cannot move up any further. In my single income household, finances have always been tight. I sacrificed many things, including school, to make sure that my kids had everything they needed to be successful. Though things were difficult at some points, I would not change a thing because having the opportunity to watch my kids play sports and do school performances was extremely important to me; I still cherish those memories today. For a while I settled with what I had, but this scholarship is exactly what I need to be able to advance in my career once again. As a supervisor, I have often been given other tasks and responsibilities to help the Department Directors. I have become well versed in many processes of the department including payroll, scheduling, ordering, inventory, and financial reporting. At this point, it is not a lack of knowledge, tenacity or experience that is keeping me from advancing and meeting my fullest potential, it’s a lack of credentials; something I could change if I were awarded this generous scholarship.