Frequently Asked questions about the ccmp program

Frequently Asked questions about the ccmp program

What are the main benefits of certification?

A number of health issues prevalent in the United States today are associated with poor eating habits and nutrition. With 69% of adults identified as overweight or obese and the typical American diet exceeding the recommended intake levels for fat, sugar, refined grains, and sodium, the need for healthcare practitioners to actively engage patients on issues related to diet is greater than ever. Understanding the vital role that healthy eating and nutrition plays in good health is key to improving health.

Chefs and foodservice professionals are perfectly positioned to play a central role in changing the way Americans eat. However, many chefs and foodservice professionals feel their nutrition education and ability to communicate practical, effective guidance to consumers as well as their skill to produce food that is healthy and delicious is lacking.

The Certified Culinary Medicine Professional (CCMP) program provides foodservice professional at any level with a unique combination of nutritional knowledge and improved healthy culinary skills so that they can effectively incorporate healthy options into menus to help consumers.

What are the options for completing the required hands-on teaching kitchen modules?

Programming is offered virtually throughout the year with ample opportunity for attending classes every month.

What are the eligibility requirements?

ACF Designation — Current American Culinary Federation designation and member in good standing.

Culinary School Graduate — Graduation from an accredited culinary program. A copy of certificate/diploma must accompany application.

Current employment at a Healthcare Facility — Currently employed at a healthcare facility; assisted living, independent living, long-term acute care hospital, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, or hospital.

Industry experience (3 years minimum) — Currently employed in any food service establishment with three (3) years of experience.  Proof of employment and a copy of your resume must accompany application.

CDM certification — Currently credentialed as a certified dietary manager by the CBDM. A copy of current certification must accompany application.

USDA extension agent — Currently employed by USDA extension. Proof of current job position and description must accompany application.

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What is the tuition fee and what does it include?

There is a one-time $2,400 tuition payment required to enroll in the CCMP program. This fee includes access to online nutrition courses via the CCMP website, registration for 10 synchronous virtual kitchen modules, and registration for one Health meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference.

Is there a payment plan?

We offer a no-interest payment plan. An initial payment is due upon registration and then monthly installments until the remaining balance is paid in full. Please contact for more information.

How do i complete the 45-credit program?

Twenty five (25) credit hours must be satisfied by attendance at synchronous virtual kitchen modules. The remaining 20 credits can be satisfied by completing a mix of online courses through the CCMP website and by attending live nutrition and culinary medicine-focused conference sessions at the Health meets Food conference (in-person or virtually). Additional educational modules and conference opportunities may be added on a rolling basis.

Candidates must also complete a capstone project.

Is the CCMP training ACF-accredited?

CCMP hands-on teaching kitchen modules, online education on the CCMP site, and conference sessions are accredited for CEH for ACF members.

Can prior nutrition coursework be used to satisfy some of the credits?

No. Because the CCMP program is a unique blend of nutrition and culinary medicine content, prior coursework (with the exception of applicable courses at Health meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference or hands-on Health meets Food modules) cannot be applied toward CCMP coursework.

How long do I have to complete the program?

Candidates have 24 months from the time of enrollment to complete the 45-credit program.

What is covered on the final certification examination?

The examination is a comprehensive 100 question multiple-choice test. Candidates have access to a downloadable handbook in order to prepare, and an online practice test is available for a small fee.

A $450 fee will be required when registering for the examination, which is held during three testing periods per year at Prometric testing centers located in cities throughout the United States and Canada.

How long is CCMP certification active?

The certification is valid for 5 years after successfully passing the examination, at which time additional coursework will be required to maintain certification.

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