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Maintaining Your Credential

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Subsequent Approval Form >>

Login to view your CE report >>

How to check your hours >>

CE Q & A >>

We invite you to review the Subsequent Approval Form for detailed reporting instructions and additional questions and answers. If you have any questions about reporting CE or maintaining your credential, please call ANFP at 800.323.1908 or you can use the CE Questions form. For assistance in accessing your CE report online through Member Login, please call ANFP at 800.323.1908 or send an email to:

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 3 years. At least 5 of your continuing education hours must be in sanitation and food safety.

You are permitted to earn more than 5 hours CE in sanitation. Once you meet your 5-hour requirement in sanitation, any additional sanitation hours you earn will be credited towards your “general” hours category. Extra hours do not carry over from one 3-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 3-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 already a member, your qualifying period begins when you have submitted all required paperwork and fees to ANFP. In either case, your qualifying period ends 3 years later on May 31. (Note that your very first qualifying period may be slightly longer than 3 years.) Each successive qualifying period begins on June 1 and ends 3 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.

To maintain your credential, you need to:

  • Pay your certification maintenance fee (every year)
  • Earn the required 45 hrs CE, which includes 5 hrs in sanitation (every 3 years)

Earning Continuing Education

You can enjoy many options for earning CE…ANFP Master Track titles, CE books, approved articles, and online courses, to name a few! Browse the ANFP Publications & Services guide for CE choices, or visit the CE section of the ANFP website any time at

You may attend a program that has been approved for CE by ANFP in advance (a program with “prior approval” - obtained for a group), or you may submit a program you have already attended that you feel should qualify for credit (“subsequent approval” - per your individual request).

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 ANFP). Planners of industry-related meetings may request prior approval from ANFP and can confirm to you whether a meeting is ANFP-approved for CE. ANFP Food Protection Connection articles, Nutrition Connection articles, Master Track books, most ANFP online courses, and some ANFP books are also prior-approved for CE, and their descriptions will indicate this. See ANFP CE offerings >>

Subsequent Approval: To report CE after the fact, complete and submit a Subsequent Approval Form.

You may request CE hours for yourself for the following types of events and publications:

  • Workshops, conferences, seminars, lectures
  • College courses
  • Journal clubs that meet specific regulations (outlined on the back of the Prior Approval form)
  • Videotapes and audio files that have received prior approval for continuing education hours
  • Tours of plants/facilities
  • Teaching/presenting (special reporting form; call ANFP)
  • Authoring articles (special reporting form; call ANFP)

Programs must be related to the field of nutrition, management, healthcare, or sanitation and food safety. You will need to submit documentation for these activities, as detailed on the Subsequent Approval Form.

More About Prior and Subsequent Approval

Programs with Prior Approval: Programs with prior approval have been submitted to ANFP headquarters for review and approval before an event takes place, through a Prior Approval Form for a group. All educational activities are evaluated for CE value based on program content and timeframe. Requests for prior approval should be submitted 3 - 4 weeks before the event takes place. Sign-up sheets are provided to the program coordinator, who is responsible for returning the sign-up sheets to ANFP within 30 days after the event. People who forget to sign the sheet can request that the program coordinator submit a letter verifying the dietary manager’s attendance, or the dietary manager may submit a Subsequent Approval Form. Only the program coordinator can request prior approval for a group.

Programs with Subsequent Approval: If you attend a program you feel is relevant to the foodservice industry and wish to receive CE credit, submit a completed Subsequent Approval Form and submit it to the CBDM. Each attendee must fill out their own form.

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.