Sign up for the Certified Food Manager (CFM)® Training & Exam! Click Here to Start Now!  Or - Click Here to Learn More

Certified food manager (CFM)®



per person

The other option you have is well over $1000.


See who earned CFM from the healthcare update in Sept. 2018 to September 8, 2022

Certified Food Manager is one of only two certifications that are accepted by CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid) for the food service manager of a nursing home or long-term-care facility.  Major demerits and fines can result in the manager losing their job.  Companies are desperate to find people who are already certified.  CFM is faster (3-4 days of study vs 18 months for CDM, less expensive ($256 vs $3,000 to $4,000 for CDM) and less difficult than the other alternative because we only teach what you will ACTUALLY USE.  We suggest getting CFM so you can get and keep the job, and work on CDM as a long-term goal, when you have 18 months and $3,000 - it may pay more and absolutely is better if and when you can.  But only 2 of 10 people who apply actually earn CDM.   We suggest getting an AA on your way to a BA on your way to a Master's, same idea.

If you have a foodborne illness outbreak and get sued and your manager is not certified to CMS standards, your loss will likely be greater.

The Certified Food Manager Course and Certification Exam provides a foundation for food service operations needed in restaurant, deli, café, healthcare, secondary and post-secondary schools and military food service settings.  

Certified Food Manager Candidate Handbook - for the detail oriented person

Administration and Security Procedures Manual - CLICK HERE to check on credentialing and re-credentialing requirements, fees, appeals and complaint processes.

There are 8 sections to the training and test CLICK HERE to see what those are and how many questions are in each section:

Step 1 
*Get the Proctor Sign-up to your proctor (main Certification page) 

Step 2
*Complete the Integrity Form (main certification page

Step 3  - PAY - 

NOTE - CFM needs to be renewed every 4 years by re-testing.   Signing up for more than one person?  You can purchase up to 5 Test Access Codes at a time.   We will send you the appropriate number of Test Access Codes.  Signing up for someone else?  Please put THEIR information in the bottom section, "Customer Shipping."

To purchase the CFM test without a lapel pin select this Buy Now button.

Certification plus lapel pin We have a beautiful CFM lapel pin you can wear proudly, your residents and staff will ask, "what's that?" 
If you would like one we just need you to cover the postage ($5) and envelope ($1).

To purchase the test WITH the lapel pin, total cost with 3% credit card fee is $257, select the button below.


Pay $99 for a 2nd re-test - There is NO reason to fail this test as all questions are answered on a slide, however, half the people need to use the free re-test to earn CFM, which most then pass. Fail the re-test and you need to pay $99 for the 3rd attempt. To pay for your 3rd CFM test select this button.

Normally within a few hours, but no more than 48 hours of receipt of your payment, you will receive your Test Access Code and a link to the training materials and access to the four E. Books that come with the course at no additional charge, for your exam preparation and professional library.  .
Check your spam folder for this email.
Contact if you do not receive your code in that time frame.

Step 4 - Take the Test
If you have paid, studied and have your test access code, select the button

Course includes the following items to help you prepare for taking the International Foodservice Executives Association (IFSEA) CFM Exam, 

  • Training with PowerPoint slides for each of the topic areas
  • Training with pre-recorded Zoom with an instructor (students prefer)
  • E. Books for Customer Service, Management, HACCP and Food Safety
  • Certified Food Manager (CFM)® 80 question examination - up to 75 minutes without accommodation (accommodation requests contact

There is no time limit to complete the training and take the test, though our best advice is to study and immediately test.  You remember less, not more, as time passes.  

Become an IFSEA Member today! 

Join Now 

Printable Membership Application


Master Certified Food Executive

Learn More

Certified Food Executive

Learn More

Certified Food Associate

Learn More