Dietary Manager and Team

Eligibility

Exam Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to take the exam if you meet the requirements of one of the five pathways outlined below.

Pathway I: for graduates of an ANFP-approved foodservice manager training program. Candidate’s name must appear on the official graduate list that is sent to ANFP by the college/school.

Pathway II: for graduates of a two-year, four-year or greater, college degree in foodservice management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management. Candidates must submit a copy of their transcript* with exam application. Transcript requirements must include a minimum of one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice management.

Pathway III(a): for graduates of a comprehensive, minimum 90-hour, foodservice course curriculum, who also have two years of non-commercial foodservice management experience. Candidates must submit a copy of their transcript* and employment verification with exam application. Transcript requirements must include a minimum of one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice management.

Pathway III(b): for graduates of the classroom and online instructional portion of an ANFP-approved foodservice manager training program, who also have two years of non-commercial foodservice management experience. Candidates must submit a copy of a certificate of course completion, their name must appear on the official graduate listing that is sent to ANFP by the college/school and they must submit employment verification with exam application.

Pathway IV: for current and former members of the U.S. military who have graduated from an approved military dietary manager training program and have attained the grade of E-5. Candidates must submit their documentation of military training and pay grade when applying under Pathway IV to determine eligibility. Documentation must show completion of a minimum of one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice management. Note that exam fee may be reimbursable through the Montgomery GI Bill; visit www.gibill.va.gov for information.

Pathway V: for graduates with an alternate two-year, four-year or higher degree. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of non-commercial foodservice management experience. Candidates must submit a copy of their transcript* and employment verification with exam application. Transcript requirements must include a minimum of one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice.

*All coursework must be completed through an accredited post-secondary institution.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility pathways, please contact Professional Development Services at 800.323.1908 or at info@CBDMonline.org.

Denial of Exam Eligibility

You may be denied a seat for the exam if you:

  • Fail to meet one of the current eligibility pathways
  • Falsify any information on the exam application
  • Violate registration or examination rules
  • Fail to report address changes to ANFP, resulting in you not receiving application forms or information crucial for the exam
  • Fail to submit proper documentation within the required time frame

Applicants who are denied eligibility have an opportunity to appeal to an impartial decision-maker - the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). 

Grant Opportunities

NFEF is proud to support grant opportunities for nutrition and foodservice professionals and students.  The Certification Exam Grant will be awarded in the form of a $399 credit and will be set up on the recipient's online account at www.ANFPonline.org. If selected for this grant, the recipient will have 90 days from the notification date to complete the exam registration process and an additional 90 days to register for the exam with AMP (Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.).

Learn more at www.NFEFoundation.org.