CERTIFIED FOODSERVICE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM
NAFEM’s Certified Foodservice Professional (CFSP) credential was established in 1987. It is the most important industry certification for foodservice professionals. Globally recognized and demanded, the CFSP program enables organizations to compete more effectively by providing a more knowledgeable, better qualified and more motivated team.

The objectives of the program are to:
  • raise the professional standards and quality of the foodservice industry;
  • encourage continuing educational development among foodservice professionals;
  • foster self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement in the foodservice industry; and
  • award special recognition to those foodservice professionals who have demonstrated high levels of competence and ethics.
Who should apply?
The CFSP program recognizes competence in all aspects of the foodservice industry. If you’re an experienced professional looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your advancement potential, the CFSP credential is right for you.

How to get certified
There are several ways to earn recognition as an expert in the industry through our CFSP program:
  • CFSP In-person Course Package
    Each August, a day-long CFSP overview seminar is offered at NAFEM's Chicago headquarters office. The next NAFEM-hosted overview is Wednesday, August 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You are welcome to return on Thursday, August 7, to take the exam. The overview & exam are no longer offered during NAFEM or NRA shows.

    The CFSP In-Person Course Package fee is $550/person and includes the application fee, a copy of the 20-chapter textbook, An Introduction to the Foodservice Industry, the one-day overview and exam. Login to sign up.

  • CFSP Online Course Package
    NAFEM’s online overview course allows you to take the course at your own pace, from the comfort of your home of office. It is based on the CFSP textbook, An Introduction to the Foodservice Industry, and features 14 hours of content. Passing the CFSP exam is still a requirement to certification, and the test is administered manually.

    The CFSP Online Course Package is $775/person and includes the application fee, a .pdf copy of the review questions and glossary of terms from the textbook, the online module and exam. To get an idea of the format and content, watch the preview below.


Requirements
  • To become certified, you are required to document 35 points of foodservice experience. (See where you stand by downloading and completing the Point Accumulation Worksheet.
  • Once you have achieved the required number of points, decide whether you will purchase the In-person or Online Course Package.
  • Complete and submit your application and payment for the package of your choice. IMPORTANT: You have one year to take the CFSP exam from the time you purchase a package and submit the application!
  • Successfully pass a written examination (score at least 75%) within one year of application.
How to apply
  • Current NAFEM Members: Login to complete the application and purchase a package
  • Non-NAFEM Members: Create an account, then complete the application and purchase a package.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
View a list of frequently asked questions about the CFSP Program.