Eligibility

Food professionals, regardless of career track, have a variety of educational backgrounds. Multidisciplinary teams are formed each day to create new products, inspire the next generation of food professionals or create policies and regulations that keep the global food system safe. Recognizing this important diversity, there are different eligibility pathways for you to become a CFS. Whether your degree is in food science, food engineering, chemistry or agricultural sciences, the chart below will help you determine if you qualify to take the CFS exam. If you don’t see your educational degree listed in the chart below or have questions about your eligibility, please email ifscc@ift.org.
Table Eligibility Pathways
Clarification of Full Time Employment
Work experience must be in the food science and technology sector. Full-time employment is defined as 1,750 hours per year.

Post-doctoral Work, Graduate Assistantships, and Undergraduate Internships
Post-doctoral work may count towards your work experience.  So will graduate assistantship work, but at 50%.  Undergraduate internships, however, do not qualify for work experience. 

Food Science Concentration
Degrees with a concentration in food science may include: food technology, food processing, food engineering or commodities (meat, poultry, dairy).

Eligibility Petitions
If you do not meet the eligibility pathways noted above, but feel your educational background and professional achievements qualify you to sit for the exam, you may petition the International Food Science Certification Commission to review and approve your application. To submit a petition request, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the CFS Application – please mark the selection that says payment forthcoming.
  2. Prepare a memorandum that outlines your petition request and rationale for why your petition request should be approved
  3. Email a copy of your CV and the signed memorandum to ifscc@ift.org

Questions about eligibility?  Email ifscc@ift.org.

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