NAFEM’s certification program

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The CFSP credential was established in 1987 and remains the most important industry certification for foodservice professionals. Today, NAFEM’s CFSP program helps raise the standards and quality of industry professionals by offering continuing development opportunities and special recognition for this proud achievement.

Ready to get certified?

The first step to achieving a certification is getting 35 credits of foodservice experience approved by NAFEM. Not sure how many credits you have? Use our Credit Accumulation Calculator (or download the worksheet) to estimate your current credit total, then create an account or log in to upload proof of credits as you earn them.

Acceptable credits

Each item you submit for CFSP credit must have the required back-up documentation scanned and uploaded into NAFEM’s system or the credits can’t be approved. Accepted back-up documentation includes a copy of a badge, a copy of a certificate, a copy of a diploma, or something that clearly shows your name and the name/date of the event to directly prove participation.

Once 35 credits are approved, you can purchase CFSP study materials and then take the Online Exam. You must pass the exam with a score of 75% or higher within one year of purchase. Don’t worry, we provide a variety of ways to study and prepare!

Approval for manufacturer online training

NAFEM’s CFSP program will consider manufacturer online training as a credit or maintenance earning potential. For attendees to receive credit, the manufacturer, must submit an outline of the training material/session to rlaschober@nafem.org at NAFEM Headquarters, for review and pre-approval. Once approved, you must provide attendee with a certificate of completion to meet the required back-up documentation.


Hear from CFSP professionals

“Ever since earning my CFSP certification, I’ve felt more confident in my role in the foodservice world. This was a way to familiarize myself with the industry and gain more knowledge in my specific area of focus.”

– Shelly Sorrells, CFSP Government Sites Manager & Gov eCommerce/GSA, Thomson & Little, Inc.


Hear from CFSP professionals

“Through NAFEM’s CFSP program I have developed a more in-depth knowledge of the foodservice equipment and supplies industry and its ongoing achievements.”

– Nancy Nelson, CFSP Account Executive, AutoQuotes