For Candidates

CFS Info GraphicFast-track your career with CFS

Obtaining the CFS credential is more than passing an exam—it is a demonstration of your professional commitment to lifelong learning and excelling as a food professional. If you’re a current food industry professional with a basic science degree, the CFS credential provides the perfect complement to your work experience and helps differentiate you from other job candidates. Attaining the CFS demonstrates to your employer a clear understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of food science and the real-world skills needed for a successful career.

The CFS credential:

Upgrades Marketability
In a competitive job market, being a CFS gives you an edge. The CFS credential helps current and future employers quickly identify you as an adaptable professional, dedicated to career-long learning with the advanced knowledge and proficiencies to take on new leadership roles for current employers and new job opportunities for future employers. 

Boosts Earning Potential
More education means more money. On average, the CFS certificant earns $20,000 more than their non-CFS counterpart. With CFS, you can leverage your enhanced food science knowledge and skills, into real earning power. Currently, 866 organizations throughout the world, including top-ranking beverage and consumer product companies, world-class universities, and international government agencies employ CFS certificants.  
 
Inspires Professional Pride and Confidence
Don’t under-estimate the hidden benefits of accomplishing a career milestone. CFS is a one-of-its-kind global designation that validates your commitment to food science and performance excellence. CFS certificants have gone the extra mile to achieve new levels of proficiency that enable them to function outside their past comfort zones, yielding higher levels of on-the-job productivity, innovation as well as professional growth and satisfaction. 

See if you qualify for the CFS.

Complete your CFS application today.


Download the CFS Handbook

Candidate Handbook

Get all your CFS questions answered through this handy, one-stop resource.

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 CFS Prep Course
This optional course is a great way to brush up on applied scientific knowledge in each content area on the CFS Exam.

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Questions?
Do you have questions or comments regarding the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Credentialing? Contact us at ifscc@ift.org.