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CDM, CFPP Certification Process

Use this graphic and step-by-step list to learn how to become certified as a CDM, CFPP!

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If you are a student and have already begun your journey to become a CDM, CFPP, use these top 10 tips to help guide your journey. More detailed information is available below.

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To qualify for the CDM Credentialing Exam, you must meet a current pathway of eligibility. Each pathway is a combination of formal education from an accredited post-secondary education institution and full-time work experience in non-commercial foodservice management. Eligible types of education include ANFP Approved Training Programs, degreed programs, 90+ hour certificate programs, and approved programs completed by current and former members of the military.

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Exam Sites and Scheduling

About 7 to 14 days after notice of your eligibility to sit for the exam is e-mailed to you from CBDM, the examination services provider (PSI) will send you an e-mail with information on how to schedule an exam date and PSI Test Center location. The exam is available year-round at over 300 Test Centers. You have 90-days from the date of PSI's e-mail notice to schedule and take the exam. Learn where you can take the exam and provisions for rescheduling.

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Get Prepared

CBDM makes available study materials and reference textbooks to help you prepare for the exam. While we have had positive feedback about these study materials, you may prepare for the exam in a manner of your choice. View the complete CDM Credentialing Exam Study Tools and Exam Content Outline brochure to help you identify tools that you may use to prepare for the CDM Credentialing Exam.

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Exam Scoring & Results

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To apply for the exam, you must submit a completed application with fees and verifiable documentation online. You will be notified via the e-mail whether you are eligible to sit for the exam or what further requirements must be met. Note: Before submitting the exam application, you must read the entire CDM Credentialing Exam Candidate Handbook and agree to abide by all stated policy.

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Open doors and unlock your future by joining the national professional organization representing and serving more than 15,000 dietary managers. Members who are certified receive the benefit of education available at member-only pricing. 

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Activate Your Certification

If you pass the exam, you must activate your within one year of the date that you passed the exam. CE hours cannot be earned and reported until the certification is activated. Failure to activate the certification within one year of passing the exam will result in the certification being terminated.

If you did not pass the exam and want to retest for any reason, you must meet a required 90-day wait period before you can reapply for the exam.

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What CDM, CFPP Means to Me

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