Certified Foodservice Professional

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CFSP

NAFEM’s CFSP program

The CFSP credential was established in 1987 – and remains the most important industry certification for foodservice professionals. The objectives of the CFSP 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
  • Award special recognition to those foodservice professionals who have demonstrated high levels of competence and ethics
  • Join these industry professionals on the CFSP Online Wall of Fame who have earned their CFSP certification

Scroll down to learn more about the CFSP program, and how you can earn your certification.

Am I eligible for certification?

Requirements for certification:

  • To become certified, you are required to document 35 credits of foodservice experience (see where you stand by downloading and completing the Credit Accumulation Worksheet).
  • Once you have achieved 35 credits, select one of the CFSP study aid bundles from the list below.
  • Complete and submit your payment for the CFSP bundle selected.
  • Once you are ready to take the exam, you must find a proctor to administer and open the CFSP Online Exam in the NAFEM Learning Center.
  • Successfully pass the CFSP Online Exam with a score of at least 75% within one year from purchase date of your CFSP Certification Fee and Exam.

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CFSP Products

Because we understand that everyone learns differently, NAFEM offers a variety of ways for you to study as you prepare for your CFSP designation. This includes separate bundles to meet your studying preferences.

Bundles

Available March 2019 – CFSP Bundle One

Includes the CFSP Study Guide in an eBook format readable on all platforms and devices, the CFSP Online Overview, your CFSP Certification Fee and your CFSP Online Exam.

$775

Available March 2019 – CFSP Bundle Two

Includes a printed CFSP Study Guide, the CFSP Online Overview, your CFSP Certification Fee and your CFSP Online Exam.

$775

CFSP Bundle Three

Includes the CFSP Study Guide in an eBook format readable on all platforms and devices, the CFSP In-person Overview, your CFSP Certification Fee and your CFSP Online Exam.

$775

CFSP Bundle Four

Includes a printed CFSP Study Guide, the CFSP In-person Overview, your CFSP Certification Fee and your CFSP Online Exam.

$775

A la carte

CFSP Study Guide eBook

In an eBook format readable on all platforms and devices.

$650

CFSP Study Guide Print Book

CFSP Study Guide Print Book.

$650

Available March 2019 – CFSP Online Overview

This interactive online course will take you through everything you need to know to earn your CFSP designation.

$995

CFSP Certification Fee and Online Exam

Pay your Certification Fee and take the CFSP Online Exam to earn your official CFSP designation. With this option, you’ll need to find a proctor to administer and gain access to the CFSP Online Exam in the NAFEM Learning Center.

$400

CFSP In-person Overview

Each August, a day-long CFSP overview seminar is offered at NAFEM’s Chicago headquarters. The next NAFEM-hosted overview is Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You are welcome to return on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., to take the exam. Please bring a laptop with you, as all exams are administered via online testing. Call us at +1.312.821.0201 or contact us here.

$650

CFSP Online Exam Retake

If you do not earn a score of at least 75% on your initial exam, you may retake your exam for a fee of $25.

$25

Group Pricing

Group CFSP Pricing

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How to apply and other FAQs

Industry professionals interested in the CFSP program should contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once I have attained the CFSP designation, how do I maintain it?

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To maintain your certification, pay dues ($25/year) and participate in one credit-earning activity each year. While one credit is required to maintain your certification each year, there is no limit to how many credits you can earn.

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Are there different levels of CFSP designation I can work toward?

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There are three levels of achievement in the CFSP program. You advance naturally through the levels of certification as you earn the required number of credits.

  • Level III: 35 (minimum number of credits required to take the CFSP exam) to 54 credits accumulated
  • Level II: 55 to 74 credits accumulated
  • Level I: 75+ credits accumulated

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How do I report/update my foodservice industry activities to earn additional credits?

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Sign into the Members Area to report industry activities and view your certification records and status. Remember to provide proof of attendance to earn credits: simply scan supporting documents into your computer and upload them to your NAFEM dashboard.

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What is NAFEM’s CFSP In-person Overview, and when is it offered?

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The In-person Overview is a day-long review session offered by NAFEM in preparation for the CFSP exam. It is part of the CFSP In-person Overview bundle, or it can be purchased separately. NAFEM hosts this overview every August at its Chicago headquarters.

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My company is interested in hosting its own in-house overview and exam. How can I set it up?

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Call us at +1.312.821.0201 or contact us here.

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Where else can I take the CFSP exam?

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If you are preparing to become certified, you can take the exam at NAFEM headquarters anytime you’re in Chicago. The exam is now administered through an online portal, so you must bring a laptop. We have conference room space and any member of the NAFEM staff can proctor the test. If you prefer to take the test in your hometown, you can use a local proctor. For more information or to schedule your exam, call us at +1.312.821.0201 or contact us here.

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Can I include a CFSP logo on my website?

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Once you have been certified, make sure to add the designation to your email signatures and any day-to-day business communication you send. The logo (.jpg) is available for you to download, and NAFEM encourages you to promote your CFSP status whenever possible. You worked hard to achieve the designation – show your commitment to ongoing professional development in the foodservice equipment and supplies industry, and help us spread the word about the program!

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What are the fees associated with the CFSP program?

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Bundles

Available March 2019 – CFSP Bundle One

Includes the CFSP Study Guide in an eBook format readable on all platforms and devices, the CFSP Online Overview, your CFSP Certification Fee and your CFSP Online Exam.

$775

Available March 2019 – CFSP Bundle Two

Includes a printed CFSP Study Guide, the CFSP Online Overview, your CFSP Certification Fee and your CFSP Online Exam.

$775

CFSP Bundle Three

Includes the CFSP Study Guide in an eBook format readable on all platforms and devices, the CFSP In-person Overview, your CFSP Certification Fee and your CFSP Online Exam.

$775

CFSP Bundle Four

Includes a printed CFSP Study Guide, the CFSP In-person Overview, your CFSP Certification Fee and your CFSP Online Exam.

$775

A la carte

CFSP Study Guide eBook

In an eBook format readable on all platforms and devices.

$650

CFSP Study Guide Print Book

CFSP Study Guide Print Book.

$650

Available March 2019 – CFSP Online Overview

This interactive online course will take you through everything you need to know to earn your CFSP designation.

$995

CFSP Certification Fee and Online Exam

Pay your Certification Fee and take the CFSP Online Exam to earn your official CFSP designation. With this option, you’ll need to find a proctor to administer and gain access to the CFSP Online Exam in the NAFEM Learning Center.

$400

CFSP In-person Overview

Each August, a day-long CFSP overview seminar is offered at NAFEM’s Chicago headquarters. The next NAFEM-hosted overview is Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You are welcome to return on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 from 9 to 11:30 a.m., to take the exam. Please bring a laptop with you, as all exams are administered via online testing. Call us at +1.312.821.0201 or contact us here.

$650

CFSP Online Exam Retake

If you do not earn a score of at least 75% on your initial exam, you may retake your exam for a fee of $25.

$25

Group Pricing

Group CFSP Pricing

Contact us for pricing and details.

 

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How long does it take for the materials to arrive once I purchase my CFSP study aids?

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  • If you order a bundle that includes the CFSP Study Guide Print Book, please allow 7-10 days for delivery.
  • If you order a bundle that includes the CFSP Study Guide eBook, delivery is instantaneous and instructions for downloading the book will be emailed to you.
  • The CFSP Exam is also instantly delivered to the NAFEM Learning Center once your purchase is complete.

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Can I get a refund or transfer my payment to someone else?

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Once you authorize payment for a CFSP bundle or any a la carte item, you will not be eligible to receive a refund or transfer the payment to someone else.

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Other questions?

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Call us at +1.312.821.0201 or contact us here.

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CFSP Overview & Exam

Chicago, Illinois / Aug 14-15, 2019

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