CDM, CFPP Credential

About the CDM, CFPP Certification Program


The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers® (CBDM®) is the credentialing agency responsible for establishing and upholding policies for and the administration of the CDM, CFPP Certification Program.

A Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM®, CFPP®) has the education, training, and experience to competently perform the responsibilities of a dietary manager and has proven this by passing the nationally-recognized CDM Credentialing Exam and fulfilling the requirements needed to maintain certified status. CDM, CFPPs work together with Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) to provide quality nutritional care in a variety of non-commercial settings and perform a myriad of specialized tasks and roles within a foodservice operation.

CDM, CFPPs are experts at managing foodservice operations and ensuring food safety. They are responsible for implementation of menus, foodservice purchasing, and food preparation. They apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, manage work teams, and much more.

A CDM, CFPP has achieved defined competencies in five key areas:

• Nutrition
• Foodservice
• Personnel and Communications
• Sanitation and Safety
• Business Operations

How to Become a CDM, CFPP

1. Qualify to Take the CDM Credentialing Exam

There are many different pathways to qualify! You may start by completing an ANFP-approved dietary manager training program. Or, you may already have a two-year or four-year degree in foodservice management, nutrition, or culinary arts. You may qualify through a combination of training and experience. Or, you may qualify through your related military training. Details about how to qualify are available at

Not sure about whether you qualify? Please call 800.323.1908 or e-mail

2. Register for the CDM Credentialing Exam

After your application has been reviewed and approved by CBDM, you will receive information on how to register for the exam.

Offered year-round at over 300 testing centers, the computer-based exam gives you an opportunity to prove your competency in the marketplace by earning the CDM, CFPP credential.

We invite you to review detailed information and download an the CDM Credentialing Exam Candidate Handbook and Application.

3. Pass the Exam and Complete your Certification Process.

Once you have passed the exam, you must activate your certification within one year of passing the exam. (Certification will be automatically activated if you are already a current member of ANFP. However, membership in ANFP is not required.) If you are not a member of ANFP when you pass the exam, you will receive an email with information on how to activate the certification as well as how to join ANFP and enjoy the many member benefits that ANFP offers to you as a professional.

Once you earn the credential, you will also need to maintain it by completing continuing education and paying the annual certification fee. After activation of certification, the CDM, CFPP credential may be used as long as the certification is active, valid, and in good standing. Certificants must comply with all recertification requirements to maintain use of the credential.

The CDM, CFPP is more than the letters after your name. It’s a career path that demonstrates your commitment to excellence in nutrition and foodservice management, and defines you as a highly qualified professional in your field.

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