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Program Overview

With national and local support from industry members, educators, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and state restaurant association partners, ProStart® reaches nearly 140,000 students in more than 1,800 high schools across 50 states, the Territory of Guam and at Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe and the Pacific.

From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven program provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.

How ProStart Works

By bringing together the industry and the classroom, ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents to open doors for fulfilling careers. It happens through a program that includes all facets of the industry, and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry.

ProStart National Certificate of Achievement

Students who have completed the requirements of the ProStart program are awarded an industry-recognized certificate – the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement.  To earn the certificate, students pass two national exams, demonstrate a mastery of foundational skills and work 400 mentored hours.

Students who receive the certificate are eligible for NRAEF scholarship opportunities and course credits at more than 75 of the country’s leading hospitality and culinary arts colleges and universities.

ProStart Passport

The National ProStart Collegiate Passport includes information about post-secondary schools that offer college credit and/or scholarships to ProStart students who have earned the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement (COA). The credits and scholarships listed in the Passport are available to any ProStart student with a COA, regardless of residence, although out-ofstate tuition may apply.

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