Exam Eligibility Requirements
You are eligible to take the exam if you meet the requirements of one of the five pathways outlined below. The most popular is by graduating from an ANFP-approved dietary manager training program, which includes 120 hours of didactic education plus 150 hours of field experience.
Pathway I: for candidates who have graduated from an ANFP-approved foodservice manager training program. You must submit a copy of your certificate of course completion, and your name must appear on the official graduate listing that is sent to ANFP by the college/school.
Pathway II: for candidates who hold a two-year or four-year college degree in foodservice management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management. Please submit your transcript with your exam application. Transcript requirements must include a minimum of one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice management.
Pathway III: for graduates of a comprehensive 90-hour foodservice course curriculum, who also have two years of institutional foodservice management experience. Transcripts must include a minimum of one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice management. You must submit a copy of your transcript and certificate of course completion, as well as employment verification with your application.
Pathway IV: for current and former members of the U.S. military who have graduated from an approved military dietary manager training program and have attained the grade of E-5. You must submit your documentation of military training and pay grade when applying under Pathway IV to determine eligibility. Note that your exam fee may be reimbursable through the Montgomery GI Bill; visit www.gibill.va.gov for information.
Pathway V: for candidates who hold an alternate two-year, four-year or higher degree. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of institutional foodservice management experience, and must also complete one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice management. Please submit your transcripts as well as employment verification with your exam application.