Application & Testing


Access the CFS Application

Exam Format

The CFS examination is a computer-based exam offered at 5,000 Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide. To take an online tour of a Pearson Professional Center (PPC), please visit

Exam Fees, Locations, and Dates

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CFS Application Fee: IFT Member: $550 | Non-Member: $750
Exam Retest Fee: IFT Member: $200 | Non-Member: $300

For Testing Cycle: May 5 - May 27, 2014
Deadline to Apply: April 28, 2014

For Testing Cycle: August 11 - August 29, 2014
Deadline to Apply: August 4, 2014

For Testing Cycle: October 13 - November 1, 2014
Deadline to Apply: October 6, 2014

Recertification Fees: IFT Member: $300 | Non-Member: $425
Recertification cycle occurs 5 years from the date of certification.

Additional Payment Information

All fees are listed in U.S. dollars. We accept the following form of payment:

  • Credit cards
    • American Express
    • Visa
    • MasterCard
    • Discover
    These fees are non-refundable.  In the event that your CFS application is declined, you will be refunded your application fee minus a $150 non-refundable processing fee.

Retaking the Examination

If you do not pass the examination, you may retake it during any other testing window upon payment of the retesting fee. You may take the exam twice in any one-year period. If you fail the exam and wish to retake it more than a year after the approval of your initial application, you will have to request an extension of your authorization to test; you will be asked to pay the retest fee, but a new application fee will not be charged. Access the CFS Retest Form (Word).

No Shows

Unless you provide Pearson VUE at least 24 hours’ notice of cancellation, if you miss your exam appointment, you will be considered a “no show”. Likewise, if you arrive late and are not admitted, if you fail to present adequate identification, or if you refuse the nondisclosure agreement, you will not be allowed to take the test and will be considered a “no show”. You will be allowed to schedule a new test appointment upon payment of the retest fee. Access the CFS Retest Form (Word).

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Guy A. Crosby, Ph.D., CFS

I strongly urge other scientists who work in academia, the government, or for the food industry, to apply for the CFS certificate as an indication of your skill and knowledge of food science..

Guy A. Crosby, Ph.D., CFS
Author of the Book, The Science of Good Cooking
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