The ProStart® Certificate of Achievement (COA) is awarded to students who successfully complete both the academic and the work experience requirements of the ProStart® program.

Students who wish to earn their COA must complete:

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the COA:

Why do I need to earn a national certificate (Certificate of Achievement-COA)?

  • > It will show future employers that you are serious about a career in the foodservice industry

  • > It's your FIRST credential on your way to many more

  • > It demonstrates to others that you have met national standards

  • > It allows you to receive credits to select colleges

  • > It makes you eligible to compete for ProStart scholarships designated only for certificate recipients

If I don't pass the exam, can I take it again?

  • > Students who do not pass the exam can retest as many times as they want however, there is an examination fee for each test.