***Attention: Teachers*** - New Online COA Process - download PowerPoint presentation outlining guidelines to help you with the process

COA Student Required Forms:

  • > Student Personal Folder Checklist
  • > Student Employment Agreement
  • > Student Work Experience Checklist
  • > 400 Hours Policy Form
  • > School Restaurant/Catering Log
  • > Student Workplace Validation Form


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

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

What do I need to do to earn the industry certificate (Certificate of Achievement-COA)?

  • > Pass the national exams for both Level 1 and Level 2
  • > Create a student folder/portfolio (ProStart folders can be ordered through the ORAEF)
  • > Obtain all necessary signatures on the school's employment agreement and make a copy for your portfolio
  • > Complete 400 hours of mentored internship (Up to 200 hours can be in your school restaurant or in-school catering). Minimum 200 hours must be in a mentored worksite. Copies of pay stubs or employer letter must be documented. Log or letter from ProStart instructor must be documented.
  • > Complete the Student Workplace Competency Checklist to be completed by your mentor/employer. It must be signed by your employer/mentor.
  • > Submit items along with the completed (top part only) of the Student Work Experience Requirement Validation Form.

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.

NEW - ProStart Students can now print their own copies of the Certificate of Achievement (COA),

COA Process Instructions