CFS Preparatory Course

The Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Preparatory Course, offered in-person and online, is an optional course for those interested in obtaining their Certified Food Scientist credential


Online CFS Prep Course

Take the course at  your own pace, and work around your own schedule by completing it online. Our e-Learning platform is mobile friendly, and each section of the course is broken into smaller segments, and include assessments that review the content. You also get access to a special online community where you’ll receive tips, resources, and can post questions or discuss topics with others taking the course.  

Registration for the online CFS Prep Course is ongoing.
$599 for IFT Premier, Emeritus, and Student members
$675 for Networking & Engagement and International Joint IFT members
$760 for non-IFT members

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In-person CFS Prep Course

The next in-person courses will take place in March 2019 in Chicago and again in June 2019 in New Orleans.  Click here for registration information.

About the Course

The CFS Prep Course offers participants access to expert instructors, access to a series of practice tests, and an engaging online community for asking questions and sharing tips. The course reviews eight content areas covered on the CFS Exam:

  • Food Chemistry and Food Analysis
  • Food Engineering
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Safety
  • Product Development
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Regulatory
  • Sensory Evaluation and Consumer Testing

Continuing Education Hours

Individuals holding the following credentials may earn 10-14 contact hours* for completion of this course: Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Technicians, Certified Research Chefs, Certified Culinary Scientists and current Certified Food Scientists

*Number of hours is subject to change or plus/minus hours based on course length and type. Check with your accrediting agency for approval.

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