National Credential
Credential: Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP)  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM)

The Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM), Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP) certification is for candidates who have education and experience to competently perform the responsibilities of a dietary manager. CDM-CFPPs work together with registered dietitians to provide quality nutritional care for clients in a variety of non-commercial settings and perform a myriad of tasks such as managing foodservice operations, ensuring food safety, implementing menus, foodservice purchasing, food preparation, applying nutrition principles, documenting nutrition information, and managing work teams. To earn the CDM-CFPP, candidates can qualify with training, education or a combination of education and experience. Candidates must pass a nationally-recognized credentialing exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68M Nutrition Care Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II Star credentialStar    
Warrant Officer 922A Food Service Technician WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM)
406 Surrey Woods Dr.
St. Charles, IL  60174
Phone: 800.323.1908
Fax: 630.587.6308
Contact Page

Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP)

Pathway 1: Graduate from an Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) approved foodservice manager training program, which includes 120 hours of didactic education plus 150 hours of field experience.

Pathway 2: Hold a two-year or four-year college degree in foodservice management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management; completed coursework must include a minimum of one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice management.

Pathway 3: Graduate from a comprehensive 90-hour foodservice course curriculum and have a minimum of two years of institutional foodservice management experience; curriculum must include a minimum of one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice management.

Pathway 4: Be a current or former member of the U.S. military who has graduated from an approved military dietary manager training program and has attained the grade of E-5.

Pathway 5: Hold an alternate two-year, four-year or higher degree and have a minimum of five years of institutional foodservice management experience; candidates must also have completed one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice management.

The Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must abide by CBDM's Code of Ethics located on the CBDM website.

Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP)

  • Nutrition (18%)
    • Gather Nutrition Data
    • Apply Nutrition Data
    • Provide Nutrition Education
  • Foodservice (20%)
    • Manage Standardized Recipes
    • Specify Standards and Procedures for Preparing Food
    • Supervise the Production and Distribution of Food
    • Monitor Meal Service
    • Implement Continuous Quality Improvement Procedures for Foodservice Department
    • Modify Standard Menus
  • Personnel and Communications (21%)
    • Define Personnel Needs and Job Functions
    • Interview, Select, and Orient Employees
    • Provide Ongoing Education
    • Develop and Maintain Employee Time Schedules and Assignments
    • Manage Goals and Priorities for Department
    • Manage Department Personnel
    • Manage Professional Communications
    • Implement Changes in Foodservice Department
  • Sanitation and Safety (24%)
    • Manage Personnel to Ensure Compliance with Safety and Sanitation Regulations
    • Manage Purchasing, Receiving, Storage, and Distribution of Food and Supplies Following Established Sanitation and Quality Standard
    • Protect Food in all Phases of Preparation Using HACCP Guidelines
    • Manage Physical Facilities to Ensure Compliance with Safety and Sanitation Guidelines
  • Business Operations (17%)
    • Manage a Budget
    • Prepare Specifications for Capital Purchases
    • Plan and Budget for Improvements in the Department Design and Layout
    • Assist in the Purchasing Process
    • Manage Revenue Generating Services
    • Implement Cost Effective Procedures

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CDM-CFPP certification is valid for three years. To maintain certified status, certification holders must abide by the CBDM Code of Ethics, pay an annual certification maintenance fee, and earn 45 hours of continuing education (CE), including nine hours in sanitation and food safety.

    Additional information can be found on the CBDM website.