CBDM Maintain Your Credentials

Maintain Your Credentials

CE Audit Information


As a credentialed professional, CDM, CFPPs have worked hard to earn and maintain their professional certification.  CBDM policies and procedures for CE Self Reporting and CE Audit are designed to uphold the integrity of the credential, and help CDMs gain a professional edge with continuing education that meets defined standards.

As a CDM, you are responsible for tracking your own CE hours and submitting them by the end of your three-year recertification cycle. Each year, a selection of CDMs will be audited, either randomly or due to insufficient CE hours. If you happen to be selected for audit, here’s how the process works:

•    Every three years, CDMs are required to earn and self-report 45 hours of CE, including 9 hours of Sanitation and Food Safety.  

•    Effective June 1, 2015, those CDMs whose three-year CE period has ended, are subject to audit policies.

•    Each year, some CDMs who have met their CE requirements, are randomly selected for audit.  ALL CDMs who have not met their CE requirements will be automatically placed in the audit process.


•    June 1 - (or the first business day thereafter) you will be notified by email, and must submit the required submit CE documentation to the CBDM by June 30

•    June 30 through August 15 – CBDM conducts audit of individual records including documentation submitted

•    August 15 through August 30 – results of audit sent via email

•    September 1 through November 30 – 90 day extension period in which to earn and submit the CE hours that are deficient.

•    September 15 – Appeals due

Submitting Required Documentation

Verifiable documentation can include certificates of attendance, program materials, or other information provided by the program sponsor that verify program date, length, and subject matter (agenda, program outline, handouts, meeting summary, or meeting transcript). Refer to page 6 of the CBDM Guide To Maintaining Your CDM, CFPP Credential for more details.

The preferred method of submitting required documentation is by uploading the documents in your CE record.  

Click on the video below to view a how-to tutorial on uploading documents in your profile:


***Please refrain from sending multiple communications to CBDM and send one communication with all documentation.  You may submit documents by email, fax or mail to:

406 Surrey Woods Drive
St. Charles, IL 60174
E-Mail: info@CBDMonline.org
Fax: 630.587.6309

Things to Remember

•    Pay your dues on time to avoid late fees and/or losing your certification

•    Continue to earn CEs if you did not submit all required hours.  If you fail the audit and have earned CE during the audit process, those CE can be used to fulfill any audit deficiencies. Audit-proof CE opportunities are available through the ANFP Marketplace at www.ANFPonline.org/market

•    Those who fail to meet their CE requirements will be given up to 90 days (November 30) to make up the CE hours that are missing or deemed unacceptable, to earn and report the needed CE hours.

•    Those who successfully complete the audit and have earned CE during the audit process may report the CE earned once their new, three-year qualifying period begins.

Tips for a Worry-Free Audit

•    Log in to your CE record regularly to check your CE hours

•    Make sure you have submitted 45 CE hours, including nine in Sanitation and Food Safety

•    Keep a copy of all documentation for the CE programs you have attended/completed

•    Check your email for important information/notices from ANFP and the CBDM

•    All ANFP CE products are audit proof and guaranteed for CE credit!

Additional Information

•    Because auditing began in June, 2015, anyone audited this year will only be asked to submit documentation for the period beginning June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2016.

•    Those audited in 2017 will submit documentation for all three years of their cycle as we ease into the process for everyone.

•    If an individual submits information which is intentionally deceptive, this is unethical.  Examples of this are falsifying CE records, and resubmitting CE for which credit has already been earned.  An individual who has committed an ethical violation will lose their certification and need to retest in order to become certified again.

•    If you disagree with the outcome of the audit, you may appeal by submitting your concern in writing to the CBDM Appeals Committee within 15 days of receiving your audit results.  Decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.

•     During the audit process, your certified status remains active.  You will receive your dues invoice during the audit process, and should renew your membership and certification on time.  Individuals that do not pass the audit will be refunded their certification fees once the audit process is finalized.