4 ways to earn credits for your CFSP certification

NAFEM’s Certified Foodservice Professional (CFSP) credential is one of the most recognizable symbols of excellence and achievement in the industry. And like highly-recognized foodservice certifications in any industry, recipients can keep their CFSP qualifications current by participating in credit-earning activities.

The CFSP program is built on the premise of helping foodservice E&S professionals not only advance their careers, but engage with their communities and enrich their lives. Beyond giving recipients a thorough understanding of the foodservice E&S space, CFSP credit-earning activities are meant to appeal to your specific areas of interest and professional growth goals.

Below are four types of credit-earning activities for CFSPs and candidates:

1. Attend Foodservice Industry Events

Staying on the cutting edge of foodservice E&S alongside your peers is one way to earn credits and maintain your CFSP. Whether you’re exhibiting or attending, NAFEM recognizes many major industry events and memberships, including:

2. Enroll in classes and seminars

Continuing education is an excellent opportunity to strengthen your E&S muscles alongside your industry peers. If you’re looking to advance your knowledge without earning an advanced degree, the foodservice E&S space offers a number of qualifying opportunities that allow you to earn credits and expand your horizons, including:

NAFEM education sessions

This includes sessions hosted or led specifically by the NAFEM team.

Industry education sessions

This can include webinars, trade shows, and other industry sessions and educational events.

ServSafe® Certification

ServSafe is one of the most widely accepted food safety programs in the industry, with certifications for food handling, alcohol, managers, allergens and work environments.

3. Recognition

NAFEM recognizes that for some foodservice E&S professionals, participating in thought leadership activities can be one of the most effective ways to throttle their careers. If you want to focus your growth in areas such as speaking, teaching and other activities that strengthen your position as an industry authority, the CFSP program offers credit-earning activities that apply to these areas of interest as well.

Industry honors

Those participating in the CFSP program can accrue credits by receiving a qualifying industry award or honor.

Writing articles

If you write an article that’s published in an industry publication, you will earn a CFSP credit to maintain your credentials.


Teaching relevant classes or giving a talk at a qualifying industry event can also help you earn credits.

4. Education credentials

Additional or advanced degrees help propel many professionals in the foodservice E&S industry into more advanced and challenging roles. Earning certain types of degrees can help you earn CFSP credits and maintain your credentials. Qualifying degrees include undergraduate degrees, master’s degrees, juris doctorates, culinary degrees and more.

Whether your focus is production, culinary expertise, sales, marketing, business, law or something else, the CFSP program has a variety of credit-earning activities that invite professionals to take the initiative to expand their industry knowledge and be more engaged in the community as a whole. Visit the CFSP program page to learn more and see the full list of credit-earning activities on our CFSP calculator or worksheet.