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 curriculum 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 curriculum that includes all facets of the industry, and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry.

ProStart National Certificate of Achievement

ProStart students who meet the requirements are awarded an industry-recognized credential – the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement (COA).  To earn the certificate, students pass two national exams, demonstrate a proficiency of foundational skills and document 400 work hours in the industry.

Students who receive the COA receive extra consideration for NRAEF scholarship opportunities and course credits at numerous of the country’s leading hospitality and culinary arts colleges and universities.

Check out the ProStart Passport to find additional information on scholarships and course credits by school.