Certified Dietary Manager

about the profession

Dietary Managers oversee the nutrition programs in a wide range of healthcare and similar facilities, including acute care hospitals, skilled nursing and assisted living communities, correctional facilities, and state hospitals.

They are trained and qualified to manage menus, food purchasing, and food preparation; and to apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, ensure food safety, manage work teams, and much more.


Dietary Managers tend to be energetic, results-oriented problem-solvers who thrive on challenge and enjoy team work. Working conditions may include varied hours, long days and juggling paperwork.


career options

A career as a nutrition & foodservice professional

job prospects

Food service positions in healthcare related facilities tend not to be dependent upon economic conditions, and are growing steadily.


The fast-growing segment of the market is elder care, an area where the skills of the Certified Dietary Managers are in high demand.

statutory requirements for certified dietary managers

Effective November 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established that a Certified Dietary Manager is one of the approved qualifications of a food and nutrition service director in a skilled nursing facility if a qualified dietitian is not employed full time. 



  • In states that have established standards for food service managers or dietary managers, meets State requirements for food service manager or dietary managers;



  • Receives frequently scheduled consultations from a qualified dietitian or other clinically qualified nutrition professional.

​CA Title 22 now considers those educated by an ANFP approved program and that have passed the credentialing exam to become a Certified Dietary Manager and complete 6 hours of Title 22 in-service, to be qualified as Director of Food and Nutrition Services Department in a skilled nursing facility.