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, earn a great salary, and obtain your credentials 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.

Students in this program can also participate in the Auraria Campus Student Dietetic Association and meet with other students from CCD and MSU Denver who are also interested in Nutrition and Wellness.

Online/remote program completion options available. This program can be completed online and the internship can be completed remotely if you live out of state or out of the area. Potential students will need to secure an internship location and also a registered dietitian (RD/RDN) and CDM preceptor(s). Please contact the program director for more information. 

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2021

Applications for fall 2021 accepted through August 2021.  This program requires a separate application other than the application to become a student at CCD. 

CCD Offers Two Pathway Options for Certified Dietary Managers!
No college degree is necessary to start this program! The only prerequisite is determining your course placement.
Students can consider the Fast Track option if one of the following applies:
  • Hold a related college degree in foodservice management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management. OR
No institutional food service experience is needed.
  • Have two years of full-time non-commercial foodservice management work experience. *Students will only need to complete and pass the instructional portion of our ANFP-approved foodservice manager training program.
Apply and enroll in our 16-credit CDM certificate. See the full curriculum here.
For more information, please contact Michelle Hoffer, Chair of the CDM program to see if you qualify for the fast track program.

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!

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 Fast Track Pathway. 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 FAST TRACK PATHWAY 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 FAST TRACK 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 this pathway.

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.

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.

Program Outcomes

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