Event Attendees Earning Continuing Education

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 towards your ongoing recognition and career growth. I have my credential…what happens next? To maintain the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM, CFPP) credential, you must earn 45 hours of continuing education (CE) every three years. At least nine of your continuing education hours must be in sanitation and food safety and effective June 1, 2019, one hour must pertain to professional ethics.

You are permitted to earn more than nine CE hours in sanitation/food safety and more than one CE hour in professional ethics. Additional hours will be counted as General hours.Extra hours do not carry over from one three-year 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 certification period.

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 3 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 ANFP. In either case, your qualifying period ends three years later on May 31. (Note that your first qualifying period may be slightly longer than 3 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.

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

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To maintain your credential, you need to:

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


Reporting your 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 approved for CE by CBDM in advance (a program with “prior approval”), 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 to you whether a meeting is CBDM-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. 

Continuing Competence

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The following 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. Access the Marketplace.

Continuing Competence Level Assignments

Competency Level 1Assumes that the participant has entry-level knowledge of the topic. The desired outcome is to ensure a foundation of basic concepts of the subject matter.

Competency Level 2Assumes that the participant has a foundation of basic concepts of the topic. The desired outcome is to enhance knowledge and facilitate application of knowledge to practice.

Competency Level 3Assumes that the participant has thorough knowledge of the topic. The desired outcome is to integrate analysis and application of knowledge, incorporating continuous quality improvement into best practice.

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 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.