CDM Credentialing Exam Study Tools & Exam Content


Demonstrate your commitment to excellence! Take the Certified Dietary Manager Credentialing Exam and apply for CDM certification.


Study materials and reference textbooks are available to help you prepare for the CDM Credentialing Exam. ANFP textbooks are tools that candidates may choose to use as they prepare for the CDM exam. The following exam study materials are are based on the current Exam Content Outline, found below. Use this outline to direct your study! To order materials, please send the form to ANFP or visit the ANFP Marketplace.

NOTE: The study materials and reference books listed below 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. 

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Exam Content

The exam, which will be taken on a computer, 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 among 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

The button below will direct you to a detailed content outline of topics covered on the CDM Credentialing Exam that you must know to be successful on the exam, as well as the percentage of questions on the exam from each content area.

Exam Content

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*NOTE: The most recent version of this document is dated 8-20-19. If you are not seeing this version, please contact CBDM at 800-323-1908 or for assistance.