CDM, CFPP Exam Prep Study Materials

Credentialing Exam Study Materials

Study Material and Reference Textbooks

Study materials and reference textbooks are available to help you prepare for the CDM Credentialing Exam. Refer to the Study Tools and Exam Content brochure that describes materials available to you.

The study materials and reference books listed in the brochure are completely optional. Purchase and/or successful completion of exam review materials are not required in order to sit for the exam and they do not predict or guarantee a passing score on the exam. Candidates may prepare for the exam in a manner of their choice.

Study Tools and Exam Content

Order products online through the ANFP Marketplace. The CDM Self-Assessment Exam can be ordered through the AMP Website.

Order by mail or fax using the Study Materials Order Form or call CBDM at 800.323.1908.

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*Please note: The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM) CDM Self-Assessment Exam is available through the examination services provider website at

Credentialing Exam Content Information

The exam consists of 160 multiple choice questions. Questions are based on professional situations in which a dietary manager would have to make a decision or solve a problem. The examinee must carefully read the scenario and select the appropriate response from among the multiple choices.

Exam questions are based on content in two ANFP textbooks: Nutrition Fundamentals and Medical Nutrition Therapy, 2nd Edition (2018), and Foodservice Management - By Design, 2nd Edition (2018). Sanitation and food safety-related questions are also based on the FDA Food Code (2017), available free at

Job-related examinations are developed according to very specific processes. Exam content is derived from a detailed process beginning with a job analysis, and the outcome of that study result in a blueprint, also known as the detailed content outline for an exam.  The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers, utilized the services of a qualified examination services provider to conduct a Job Analysis Survey and finalize the current exam content outline.

The following documents provide additional support:

Current Exam Content Outline    Summary of Job Analysis Survey