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CE Questions & Answers

For additional questions about continuing education, please use the CE Questions form. You may also call ANFP at 800.323.1908.

Q: Can I get CE credit for a program previously attended?

A: Once CE hours have been earned for a specific program, it cannot be resubmitted for credit again, regardless of whether it is in a new certification period. Credit can only be earned once for any given program.

Q: If I earn extra CE hrs in my qualifying period, can I transfer them to the next 3-year period?

A: Sorry, no, you cannot.

Q:How do I use a Subsequent Approval Form?

A: Complete a Subsequent Approval Form and attach the required documentation for the CE category you’ve marked. Suggestions are your certificate of attendance and credit/hours, timeline agenda, sponsor/supervisor letter verifying your attendance, date, topic and duration or credit. One (1) hour in educational session = 1 CE credit. Any educational session lasting less than 30 minutes is not eligible for CE. One (1) 30 minute session in one day will be rounded up for a total of 1 hour.

Send no more than 2 pages of course summary and objective or handout material with your Subsequent Approval Form. Credit for a particular program can be applied only once in your 3-year qualifying period.

Q: Can I complete and submit my Subsequent Approval Forms online?

A: No, sorry. Mail or fax is required, with one exception: If you complete an electronic CE offering from ANFP, you will be given a Web link to online CE reporting. This applies to electronic editions of ANFP Master Track titles you purchase in the ANFP Marketplace, ANFP online courses that are approved for CE, and online ANFP articles approved for CE that are so designated on the ANFP website.

Q: What types of educational activities can I turn in for CE hours on a Subsequent Approval Form?

A: Some examples include workshops, conferences, seminars, college courses, journal clubs, online courses, teleconferences, and webinars. Interims for breaks, meals, registration, facility business, etc. do not qualify for CE. Time in session learning is considered education.

Q: Can I report Food Shows for CE hrs?

A: You can earn a maximum of 9 CE hours per 3-year CE cycle from viewing exhibits at food shows. A copy of a badge, receipt or certificate and page from a flyer or brochure showing the amount of time allocated to the food show and to each seminar attended must be included with your request for CE hours. Use one (1) Subsequent Approval Form for the entire event to report credit for the show and each seminar you attended during that day or days. Viewing exhibits and posters, food tasting and viewing demonstrations qualify as show hours. Seminar hours would be either general or sanitation.

Q: Do I report an inservice program for CE hrs?

A: Yes. However, if the meeting content relates to company/facility policy, procedure, production, HR issues, etc. it will not qualify for CE credit. If you attend an in-service program or participate in an online CE program at your workplace relating to nutrition, management, healthcare, sanitation, food safety or related topics, we encourage you to submit this with a Subsequent Approval Form requesting CE. Please attach only 1-2 pages on content and learning objectives and a copy of the sign-in sheet, a certificate or an employer or sponsor letter stating the topic, date, and time frames and your attendance. No credit can be earned for training employees or conducting in-service meetings.

Q: Can I earn CE for coursework?

A:Yes. Each semester/credit hour is worth 18 CE credits. If you are enrolled in a college level course for credit and wish to obtain CE please submit a Subsequent Approval Form to the CBDM within 4 months of completing the course. Include a copy of your transcript showing semester period and year, your name and the number of semester credits earned. The course must be completed during your current, applicable 3- year qualifying period.

Write a brief paragraph about how the course contributed to your improved job performance.

Q: What types of programs are considered “Sanitation and Food Safety”?

A:Programs that address safe food handling and storage, infection control, time and temperature regulations, HACCP principles, food allergies, HIV/AIDS, ServSafe, hygiene, disaster planning and pandemic disease are eligible for sanitation CE.

ANFP offers you many sanitation CE options, such as ANFP Master Track titles in Food Safety, and the ongoing Food Protection Connection articles available in Dietary Manager magazine in the ANFP Marketplace.

Q: What happens if I don’t meet the requirements for CE and the annual maintenance fee?

A: If you do not maintain your credential through required CE and fees, you will no longer be certified. You will need to reinstate your credential. You will only be eligible to earn CE once you have completed the reinstatement process. No CE can be earned for events attended during your inactive period.

Q: How do I know if my CE hours were approved?

A: The Professional Development Services Department will inform you if your request for subsequent approval was denied for any reason via email or mail. You can check your CE hours in ANFP Member Login, or call ANFP to check your hours, 800.323.1908.

Q: How do I know if I am short CE?

A: In January, the year your 3-year CE period ends, you will receive a reminder by mail if you are short CE hours and in March you will receive an e-mail reminder, if you are still short hours. However, ANFP strongly recommends that you keep track of your CE throughout your CE period by contacting ANFP or checking your CE report online.

Q: How can I check my CE status online?

A: Enter Member Login on the ANFP website at First-time Web users, please register for Member Login by going to and complete the online registration form. Once you have registered for Member Login, you can view your CE report immediately. You can then login again to view your CE report as often as you’d like. In order to establish your Log-on and Password you must have a current email address on file with ANFP. Feel free to call for assistance.

IMPORTANT: Always keep a copy of everything you submit for CE hours.