The CFS exam is grounded in the established, fundamental knowledge and skills food scientists apply every day in all aspect of their jobs.
Test Length: 120 multiple choice questions
Time Allowed: 3 hours
To qualify for Certified Food Scientist (CFS) credentials, candidates must have a degree in food science, a food science concentration, or a degree in a related science, in addition to full-time work experience.
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If you do not meet the eligibility requirements listed below, but you 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 your application. To submit a petition request, please follow these steps:
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CFS Exam Fees
*Renewal cycle occurs 5 years from the date of certification.
All fees are listed in U.S. dollars. 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.
Pricing for Members of CIFST and AIFST
Through a special arrangement, members of the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology (CIFST) and the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology (AIFST) are eligible to apply for the CFS exam at the IFT member rate. To take advantage of this preferential pricing, please use the following contacts:
Both CFS credential holders and candidates will be asked to uphold a Professional Code of Ethics, which establishes professional conduct standards and minimal ethical behavior requirements. As a CFS or CFS candidate, you shall: