Credentialing Exam


A Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM®|CFPP®) has the education and experience to competently perform the responsibilities of a dietary manager and has proven this by passing a nationally recognized credentialing exam.

Find CE


Search for ANFP-Approved programs in your area related to nutrition, management, healthcare, or sanitation and food safety.

Visit our CE locator today!

Learn About ANFP


The Certified Dietary Manager is the cornerstone of the collaborative Dietetics profession.  ANFP positions the Certified Dietary Manager as the expert in foodservice management and food safety.  Learn more about what ANFP offers!



Reach Your Career Potential With CDM Certification

Demonstrate your commitment to excellence by earning your certified dietary manager, certified food protection professional credential!  The CDM, CFPP designation is more than just letters after your name.  It's a career decision that shows a commitment to your profession and the clients you serve.  A CDM has the education 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.  Achieving your CDM credential is both a personal and professional accomplishment.

Are You Eligible to Sit For the CDM Certification Exam?

Individuals with the acceptable amount of education or work experience may automatically be eligible to sit for the CDM Certification Exam. If a person meets any of the five pathways of eligibility, they are eligible to take the exam. Learn more about the pathways of eligibility and see if you may already have the school and work requirements necessary.

What's New

  • ANFP Announces 2017-18 Officers and Directors

    St. Charles, IL - The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) is pleased to announce its new 2017-2018 national leaders. These individuals took office June 1, 2017 and serve the association on the ANFP Board of Directors and the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers.
    Read The Full Article
  • New Sanitation CE Requirement Effective June 1, 2017

    At its recent winter meeting, the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM) voted to increase the number of Sanitation CE hours required of CDM, CFPPs during their three-year recertification period.
    Read The Full Article
  • New CDM Exam Blueprint

    The CDM Credentialing Exam is coverting to the 2016 blueprint on March 1, 2016. What’s New? • The content outline has changed from 10 content areas to 5. • You will now have 3 hours to take the exam (instead of 4). • The exam will now have 160 questions (instead of 200).
    Read The Full Article

CDM Resources

CDM, CFPP Career Info

Discover the power of the CDM, CFPP credential. CDMs are nationally recognized experts at managing dietary operations. Many work in healthcare – nursing facilities, rehab centers, senior living communities, or hospitals – while others work in correctional facilities, schools, or the military. See what it takes to become a CDM, CFPP and what opportunities will arise.

Scope of Practice

The CDM, CFPP credentials indicates than an individual has the training and experience to competently perform the responsibilities of dietary managers. CDM, CFPPs work together with registered dietitians to provide quality nutritional care for clients. Learn what tasks CDMs will perform on a regular basis.

Standard of Practice Documents

Professional practice standards serve as the basis for quality dietetic practice for dietary mangers. These practice standards serve as a guide for certified dietary managers and are updated as necessary. New standards are added regularly.