Students & Alumni

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:

  • > Pass both Level/Year 1 and Level/Year 2 Final Exams
  • > Student Workplace Validation Form
  • > Student Work Experience Competency Checklist 
  • > Verification of 400 Work Hours (i.e. pay stubs, W-2, signed letter by employer on company letterhead or school catering log)
    • > School Restaurant/Catering Log
    • >NOTE: up to 200 hours can be completed at a school enterprise (catering/restaurant) the remaining paid or unpaid hours must be completed outside of school/classroom  hours. 

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.