Eligibility

Pathway-I

 

 

Pathway I: for graduates of an ANFP-approved foodservice manager training program. Candidate must submit a certificate of course completion and their name must appear on the official graduate list that is sent to ANFP by the college/school.


Pathway-II

 

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-IIIa

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 work 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-IIIb

 

 

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 work 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

 

 

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

 

 

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 work 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 education 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 The Joint Commission (TJC), local and/or state health departments, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), etc.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility pathways, please contact CBDM at 800.323.1908 or 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. Disciplinary actions will be determined by the CBDM on a per-case basis.
  • 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 CBDM. To submit an appeal, you must do so in accordance with CBDM policy and you must use the CBDM Appeal Form. For more information about the CBDM Appeal policy, refer to the CBDM Guide to Maintaining Your Credentials

Access the CBDM Appeal Form

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

The decision of 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. An appellant may choose to appeal CBDM's decision by submitting their written intent to appeal to CBDM Appeals Committee at appeals@CBDMonline.org. The e-mail must also include the appellant's name, e-mail address, and mailing addresses in their ANFP record. The CBDM Appeals Committee will be presented the same appeal that the appellant submitted to CBDM. No new information will be presented. The decision of the CBDM Appeals Committee is final.

For more information about the appeals process, refer to the CBDM Guide to Maintaining Your CDM, CFPP Credential.

Grant Opportunities

NFEF is proud to support grant opportunities for eligible nutrition and foodservice professionals and students. The CDM Credentialing 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 under a current pathway of eligibility and complete the exam registration process. After CBDM notice of eligibility and then notice from PSI, the examination services provider, with information on how to register for the exam, the recipient must schedule and complete the exam within 90 days. For more information about the CDM Credentialing Exam eligibility and exam administration policy and procedure, refer to the CDM Credentialing Exam Candidate Handbook and Application.

Learn more at www.NFEFoundation.org.