Student Alumni

ProStart® Certificate of Achievement
***NEW*** As of May 1, 2015, Ohio ProStart students can print their own copies of their Certificate of Achievement (COA's).

COA Student Required Forms:

Instructions for the COA Process

Certificate of Achievement Information

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

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 Online Certificate of Achievement (COA) Process
(Click to download guidelines)