CFS Preparatory Course

The Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Preparatory Course is an optional course for those interested in obtaining their Certified Food Scientist credential. The in-person course is valuable for those interested in brushing up on their applied scientific knowledge in a group setting. The course is also offered online.

Upcoming Course 

March 25-26, 2015 
Garden Grove, CA USA


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The CFS Prep Course offers participants two full days of face-to-face instruction with expert instructors, access to a series of practice tests, and an engaging online community for asking questions and sharing tips. This course will review the 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

Registration Rates and Policies

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By February 13, 2015: IFT Members: $675; Non-members: $795;

After February 13, 2015: IFT Members: $775; Non-members: $895;

Please note that the prep course does not include the fees to sit for the exam. To begin your application to sit for the exam, visit

Cancellation Policy
You will receive a full refund, less $100, if you cancel your registration(s) on or before February 13, 2015, by contacting  or 312.604.0238. No refunds after that date.

Substitution Policy
If you registered but are unable to attend, please contact or 312.604.0238 with the name and contact information of your replacement.

Event Cancellation
In the event of course cancellation, IFT is not responsible for attendee reimbursement of travel, lodging, or any other costs associated with this course beyond refunding the full registration fee.

Course Location

Hyatt Regency Orange County 
11999 Harbor Boulevard 
Garden Grove, CA 92840 

Hotel Reservations

The Hyatt Regency hotel near Anaheim, California is conveniently located and is ideal for families, business travelers, and vacationers alike. Kick back and relax in upgraded suites and rooms featuring flat screen TVs. Savor Italian cuisine at TusCA restaurant, or enjoy a local microbrew at OC Brewhouse. Then, work off any excess consumption in the 24 hour StayFit™ Fitness center, offering state-of-the-art fitness equipment with integrated LCD TVs for each machine.

A block of rooms at this beautiful property have been reserved at the rate of $155.00 per night plus applicable taxes. To reserve your room on line, click on the following link or please call 1.888.421.1442 and ask for the “Institute of Food Technologists” group rate.

The IFT group rate is available until March 6, 2015. Reservations after that date will be accepted at the prevailing rate, as available. No cancellations will be accepted after 24 hours prior to arrival date. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 p.m.

Disneyland® Resort Theme Park Tickets

Click here to purchase specially-priced Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets. These special ticket prices are not available once you arrive at the Resort. Our ticket store closes at 9:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Don't delay! Prices are subject to change without notice.

These specially priced tickets are intended only for guests that are participating in this Event. Only the registered attendee is allowed to purchase tickets from this discounted ticket store link and they can purchase up to 6 tickets maximum. We reserve the right to contact the ticket purchaser to request event registration confirmation. If it is discovered that the purchaser of the ticket is not participating or attending this event it will be considered a misuse of this offer and ticket, and the ticket(s) will be blocked and will not be eligible for a refund. In addition these tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of being resold.

Continuing Education Hours: 14

Individuals holding these credentials will earn 14 hours* for completion of this course: Certified Food Scientists; Registered Dietitians; Dietetic Technicians; Certified Research Chefs; Certified Culinary Scientists.

*Subject to change plus or minus one hour based on final agenda.

Future Dates and Locations

July 10-11, 2015 (Pre-Meeting Prep Course) 
Chicago, IL USA

Other Licensed Providers

NSF-GFTC has been officially licensed to offer the CFS Prep Course at their facility in Guelph, Canada. For more information about their course offerings and dates, please visit their website.


Campden BRI has been officially licensed to offer the CFS Prep Course in the United Kingdom. For more information about their course offerings and dates, please visit the Campden BRI website


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