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Summer Institutes FAQS

What are Summer Institutes?

Summer Institutes provide technical and professional instruction for restaurant and foodservice educators. The goal is to provide educators with a digital forum to learn cutting-edge skills they can apply to the classroom and offer an opportunity to network with teachers from across the country, share best practices and expand classroom-learning activities. These week-long, intensive online workshops are delivered by industry experts from post-secondary institutions across the country.

Completion of each level offers educators 26 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) certified by the American Culinary Federation.

At the end of each workshop, participants complete an exam that tests their knowledge on the topics covered during that week’s course. Educators who pass these exams may work toward their Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator (CSFE) credential. More information on the CSFE and how to apply can be found here.

There are three levels of Summer Institutes:

  • Level 1: Basic Begins with an overview of the restaurant and foodservice industry, and leads into kitchen and management essentials.
  • Level 2: Advanced Topics include core culinary techniques, operational excellence, and career basics.
  • Level 3: Mastery - Level 3 concludes culinary techniques, before branching into timely topics like sustainability and global cuisines.
Who can attend?
Any secondary-level educator teaching foodservice, culinary education, and/or restaurant management programs. Typically, attending educators are Career and Technical Education (CTE) or Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) instructors seeking to improve their skillsets to bring back to their classrooms.
What is the cost to attend?
Registration for Summer Institutes Levels 1-3 is $400 and includes:​
  • Summer Institutes level-specific curriculum
  • Video lecture and demonstration content
  • Live demonstrations and office hours with your post-secondary instructors
  • Supplemental instructional resources and materials
  • Access to the digital learning platform and exam
  • Ability to network and collaborate with fellow educators
  • Virtual opening reception and orientation
  • 26 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) certified by the American Culinary Federation
  • Certificate of Completion from NRAEF
Please note: The course can be conducted from anywhere with an internet connection; therefore, no additional costs are covered by the Registration fee. 


What is the relation to ProStart?
While the Summer Institutes curriculum is heavily based on the ProStart Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts (FRMCA) curriculum, there is no direct correlation between the Summer Institutes and ProStart program. Details of the ProStart program (e.g. ProStart Invitationals, FRMCA, Certificates of Achievement, etc.) are not discussed in Summer Institutes course. However, the topics covered are highly transferable to a ProStart classroom and, historically, ProStart educators have found the courses helpful in providing the skillsets and foundational knowledge necessary to effectively teach ProStart students.
When does registration open for 2022 courses?
Registration for Summer Institutes 2022 will be open from Monday, March 7 through Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
Can educators waive out of Level 1?
Yes. Educators with an undergraduate degree in hotel and restaurant management or culinary arts, a current ACF certification as a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE), or current ACF certification as a Certified Secondary Culinary Educator (CSCE) are eligible to waive out of the Level 1 Summer Institute. Please see the waiver application here.
Is there funding support to attend?
Yes, Professional Development Grants are available in the amount of $400 to cover the cost of registration. These grants may ONLY be used for Summer Institutes courses. The application will be open from Monday, January 3 through Monday, January 31, 2022.  You may access the application at and search Professional Development Grant Application 2022 Summer Institutes. 

All educators interested in Professional Development Grants for 2022 Summer Institutes must apply via the application. Due to the nature of funding and financial and restrictions, grant awards are only given out on a one-year basis and will not roll over into subsequent years. 

Educators attending multiple Summer Institutes courses will have the opportunity to indicate that on their Professional Development Grant application, and may be awarded for more than one course, based on availability of funds and strength of application.



What is provided by the NRAEF? 
The NRAEF will provide educational and training materials, schedules, exams, and important information to educators prior to the course via email. It is crucial that you register with an active email address so that we may reach out. If you do not have access to your school district email account during the summer months, please register using a personal email address to ensure you receive critical information and updates.
Who should I contact with questions?
Please first reach out with any questions to the Summer Institutes team at 
Why is pedagogy covered? I'm already a teacher and learned this in school. 
We have a wide range of attendees at Summer Institutes courses. Some participants are trained educators with less experience in a restaurant, foodservice, or hospitality setting, while others are experienced in industry roles, but may not have a lot of classroom experience. In order to deliver a course that meets the needs of all attendees, pedagogy is included.
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