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CDM, CFPP Credential & Code of Ethics

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 a nationally-recognized credentialing exam and fulfilling the requirements needed to maintain certified status.

CDM, CFPPs are experts at managing foodservice operations. They are trained and qualified to administrate menus, food purchasing, and food preparation; and to apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, ensure food safety, manage work teams, and much more.

A CDM, CFPP has achieved defined competencies in 10 key areas:
  • Gathering Nutrition Data
  • Applying Nutrition Data
  • Providing Food Services
  • Providing Nutrition Education
  • Hiring and Supervising employees
  • Developing  Personnel and Communications
  • Professional Interaction
  • Managing Supplies, Equipment Use, Sanitation, and Safety
  • Managing Food Production
  • Managing Business Operations


The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers® (CBDM®) is responsible for the certification program, and the actual exam is conducted by a nationally recognized professional testing firm. The certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM) has a formal policy, the Code of Ethics for Certified Dietary Managers (CDM), and procedures which incorporate due process, for the discipline of certificants.  The Code of Ethics and procedures include the sanction of revocation of the certificate, for conduct which clearly indicates incompetence, unethical behavior and physical or mental impairment affecting the performance of the CDM.

Please note:  The CDM Code of Ethics document below is currently under revision.  The updated version will be posted approximately  June 2016.

Download CDM Code of Ethics