Prepare for the exam


Listed below are resources that you may find of value as you prepare for the exam.

What you need to know about CFS—Candidate Handbook

The Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Candidate Handbook is a comprehensive resource for potential CFS applicants.  It contains detailed information on the exam content outline, testing windows and exam delivery information. 

Download the CFS Handbook​

What's on the Exam?

The examination associated with this credential focuses on the practical, applied knowledge that food scientists need to be proficient professionals. The exam was developed by evaluating the global practice of food science and is firmly grounded in the established, fundamental knowledge and skills food scientists apply every day in all aspects of their jobs. Check out the videos below to learn more.

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CFS Videos – Quick Answers and Guidelines

The following short CFS videos will help answer your questions about the process of becoming a Certified Food Scientist. 


Preparation Resources

Held at various locations and times, the CFS Preparatory Course is an optional course for those interested in obtaining their Certified Food Scientist credential.

Get more details about the CFS Preparatory Course



There are a number of recommended publications available to help your prepare for your exam.

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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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Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Preparatory Course ONLINE

IFT’s brand new, mobile-friendly online course for candidates preparing to take the CFS Exam. Learn more