Certified Dietary Manager

Program of Study

Certified Dietary Manager

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Courses Offered Online, Local Internships with Field Experience

Do you want to become a nationally recognized expert at managing foodservice operations, make a great salary, and obtain your credential in less than one year?

Watch this video and find out how CCD can help you launch your career at becoming a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM).

Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) professionals are nationally recognized experts at managing foodservice operations. When you earn the credential, you prove your competence in the areas of foodservice management, personnel and communication, nutrition, sanitation and safety, and business operations.

CCD Offers Two Pathway Options for Certified Dietary Managers!
No college degree is necessary to start this program! The only prerequisite is proof of College Readiness.
Hold a related college degree in foodservice management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management.
No institutional food service experience is needed.
For more information, please contact Michelle Hoffer, Chair of the CDM program to see if you qualify to Fast-Track the program.
APPLY & ENROLL IN OUR 16-CREDIT CDM CERTIFICATE. See the full curriculum here.

About the Program

The CDM certificate program offers the education and training to make students eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).

We offer flexible training options! Some students attend classes part-time while working in the industry; others may choose to attend a more intensive semester-long certificate program. Plus, we offer online courses to match your busy schedule. The program requires 3 courses.  Please contact Michelle Hoffer, Chair of the CDM program, for more information.

Take the next step in your career!

Admission Requirements

  • Demonstrate you are ready for college. Visit CCD.edu/CollegeReady to learn more.
  • Submit a program application. Please make sure to read the Instruction Page before you begin your application. You must upload documents into the application and these are described in the instructions.
    • As part of your acceptance into the program, you must complete a background check and nine-panel drug screening.

The next application cycle starts on August 1st and closes on December 31st for a spring semester 2020 start.

Students who graduate from CCD with the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nutrition, are eligible to take one additional course to meet the CDM exam eligibility requirements for Pathway II. Please contact Michelle Hoffer, the program director, for more information.

Do More with Your Food Service or Nutrition Degree

Do you already hold a related college degree in foodservice management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel management? CCD takes you to the next step in your career with fast track options!

Upon completion of the elective courses, you’re eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).

How Do I Qualify?

  • You meet pathway II eligibility if you have graduated from CCD with an A.A.S. in nutrition and take the required elective course.
  • You may be eligible for a fast track option if you hold a two- or four-year degree in foodservice management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management and take 1 to 3 elective course(s) to fulfill the exam eligibility requirement for pathway II.

Make an appointment with Michelle Hoffer, the program director, to learn more.


This is an approved program through the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals (through 8/3/2024).

Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. Visit our Cashier's Office for more information regarding tuition and fees.

Description Fee
Standard Tuition Rate Per Credit Hour (After COF) $148.90
Tuition $2,382.40
Textbooks (must be purchased through the ANFP Website) $285.00
Total for Program $2668.00

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal application for financial aid. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Pre-Professional Membership Opportunities

Job Outlook & Salary Information

Strong growth and new regulations in all areas of long-term care have driven the demand for the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM).

The median wage in 2017 was $25.02 hour and $52,000 annually with the ANFP in 2018, reporting an average of $58,000 annually in Colorado.

Projected growth for these types of jobs is an average of five to nine percent

Career Options

  • Certified Dietary Manager
  • Food Service Manager
  • Director of Food Services
  • Dietary Director

The information provided above is from O-Net Online.