Certification Program

The Certified Food Scientist (CFS) certification acknowledges the applied skills of food scientists, provides differentiation in the marketplace, and ultimately, helps demonstrate the professions’ commitment to safe and nutritious food for consumers.

When you obtain your Certified Food Scientist (CFS) credential, you separate yourself from the rest in your profession, give yourself a competitive edge in the global arena, and keep your skills and knowledge current in the ever-evolving field of food science. This is your opportunity to not only validate but celebrate your acquired talents and expertise.

For CIFST food scientists, the CFS:
• Complements both your academic learning and work experience
• Differentiates you in the global marketplace
• Demonstrates your applied skills and knowledge via a third-party assessment
• Shows your commitment to the profession and to lifelong learning

For employers represented by CIFST food scientists, the CFS:
• Helps you hire and promote top talent
• Keeps food science professionals current and qualified
• Creates efficiencies and reduces on-the-job training to benefit your bottom line
• Champions the importance of food science within your organization

CIFST members receive $200 off the Certified Food Scientist application fee (the same discount that IFT members receive) by entering CIFST in the coupon code box on the application form.

Get more information and apply today

Ready to make an impact on your food science career?  Register today for the free on-demand webinar and learn how certification can help you advance in your current job or make your next career move.

Complete this brief questionnaire to find out if you are eligible to become a CFS.

CIFST is a valued partner of the CFS program, in partnership with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC), which oversees the governance and policy-making for the CFS program.  CIFST will continue to promote career development and the credibility of the profession by reinforcing the importance of continuing education, and acknowledging CIFST members who have earned their CFS to be more readily identified as recognized food science professionals.