Maintaining Your Credentials

Congratulations on meeting the requirements to become a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP)!

This is a professional accomplishment you can be proud of, and it’s a step toward your ongoing recognition and career growth. I have my credential…what happens next? To maintain the CDM, CFPP credential, you must pay the annual certification maintenance fee and earn as well as report 45 hours of eligible continuing education (CE) every three years. At least nine of your CE hours must be in sanitation and safety and effective June 1, 2019, one CE hour must pertain to professional ethics.

You are permitted to earn more than nine CE hours in sanitation and safety and more than one CE hour in professional ethics. Additional hours will be automatically converted to General hours. Extra hours do not carry over from one three-year CE period to another. Please Note: Credit for CE hours can only be earned once for any given program and cannot be resubmitted for credit again regardless of whether it is in a new recertification period. CE hours can be earned and reported only while your certification is active.

The CE requirement guarantees that you will continue updating your skills throughout your career…and helps define your value as a professional in the industry!

Every Three Years

Your three-year CE period is called your qualifying period. If you are already a member when you pass the certifying exam, your qualifying period begins on the date you took the exam. If you are not a member, your qualifying period begins when you have submitted all required paperwork and fees to activate your certification, which must be done within one year of passing the exam. In either case, your qualifying period ends three years later on May 31. (Note that depending on the date you took the exam, your first qualifying period may be slightly longer than three years.) Each successive qualifying period begins on June 1 and ends three years later on May 31. To maintain your CDM, CFPP credential, you also need to pay your annual certification maintenance fee, included with your dues invoice. ANFP membership is not required to be certified. If you do not pay the annual certification maintenance fee, your certification will not be active. 

For more details on maintaining your credential, refer to the CBDM Guide to Maintaining your CDM, CFPP Credential.

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To maintain your CDM, CFPP credential, you need to:

  • Pay your certification maintenance fee every year.
  • Earn the required 45 hours of eligible continuing education hours (CE) every three years. Of the 45 CE hours, a minimum of nine CE hours must pertain to sanitation and safety, and effective June 1, 2019, one CE hour must pertain to professional ethics. 
  • Report your CE hours and upload required documentation for each CE activity reported to the CBDM via the My Certification page in your record.
  • Save all CE-related documentation for two consecutive three-year certification periods.


Reporting your CE hours is quick and convenient with CE Self-Reporting. Click below to read the  Self-Reporting FAQs.

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Earning Continuing Education

You can enjoy many options for earning CE… CE books, approved articles, and online courses, to name a few! Browse the ANFP Publications & Services guide for CE choices, or visit the Earn CE Now section of the ANFP website.

You may attend a program that has been Prior Approved for CE by CBDM, or you may submit a program you have already attended that you feel may qualify for CE based on CBDM guidelines for program length, content, etc.

Prior-Approved Programs

Examples of Prior-Approved programs include the ANFP Annual Meeting and ANFP Chapter meetings, provided that chapter meeting planners have completed the Prior Approval process in advance with CBDM. Planners of industry-related meetings may request prior approval from CBDM and can confirm with you whether a meeting is CBDM Prior Approved for CE. ANFP Food Protection Connection articles, Nutrition Connection articles, most ANFP online courses, and some ANFP books are also Prior Approved for CE, and their descriptions will indicate this. 

Prior Approved programs submitted for CE must be submitted as a Prior Approved CE activity type. You will be required to provide the Prior Approval provider number as listed on your certificate of completion in addition to other program information. If reported as a Prior Approved program, the only required documentation that you must upload is the copy of the certificate of completion with your name on it. 

Continuing Competence

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The three competence levels provide an understanding of the educational level of each product within the ANFP Marketplace. Each product has a designated competence level listed within the product description.

View the Level Assignments

More About Prior Approval

Programs with Prior Approval: Through the Prior Approval process, programs with Prior Approval have been submitted to the CBDM for review and approval before an event takes place. All educational activities are evaluated for CE value based on program content and timeframe. Requests for Prior Approval should be submitted at least eight weeks before the event takes place. Only the program coordinator can request prior approval.

Equal Opportunity for Education

The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers has and supports a policy of nondiscrimination in membership, employment, programming, and the selection of leadership and vendors. It is the CBDM’s policy to comply with all federal and state regulations, the Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The CBDM also has a whistleblowers policy and does not tolerate retaliation against an individual who reported a potential violation.