Dietary Manager and Team

Eligibility

Exam Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to take the exam if you meet the requirements of one of the 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 full-time 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 full-time 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 full-time 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.

*All coursework must be completed through an accredited post-secondary institution and a passing grade of C or higher earned.

**Non-commercial foodservice operations serve food as support within an institution such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, military, correctional facilities, or community feeding programs and are typically subsidized by the institution from which they operate. They have third-party oversight by agencies such as TJC, local and/or state health departments, CMS, etc.

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 examination application
  • Violate registration or examination rules
  • Fail to report address or e-mail changes to ANFP or CBDM resulting in you not receiving 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 the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). All appeals must be submitted to the CBDM in writing (e-mail is preferred).

E-mail: appeals@CBDMonline.org
Mail: CBDM
406 Surrey Woods Dr.
St. Charles, IL 60174

The CBDM will convene to hear appeals quarterly. Deadlines for submitting appeals are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. 

The decision of the CBDM will be conveyed in writing to the appellant via e-mail and hard copy letter to the address on file in their record within 15 days of the CBDM's quarterly meeting after the above deadlines. If the appellant wishes to appeal the CBDM decision, appeals must be submitted in writing to the CBDM Appeals Committee within 15 days of the date that the CBDM's decision is sent via e-mail to the appellant at the e-mail address on file in their record. Appeals may be sent to appeals@CBDMonline.org or CBDM Appeals Committee, 406 Surrey Woods Dr., St. Charles, IL 60174. All decisions of the CBDM Appeals Committee are final. 

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 qualify for the exam and complete the exam registration process and an additional 90 days to register for the exam with PSI, the examination services provider.

Learn more at www.NFEFoundation.org.