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ProStart gives you the exciting opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants by training with professional chefs and getting valuable classroom instruction. It’s also a way to earn college credit and make money while you’re in high school.

Step #1:  Talk with your teacher or counselor

about taking the ProStart® classes. These classes will teach you how to prepare and serve all different types of food as well as nutrition, marketing, and restaurant management. You will also learn about other exciting areas of the industry such as lodging, tourism, and retail. These classes take you beyond your typical course of study by teaching you real-world skills that you will use in your restaurant career.

Step #2: You’ll need to get a paid job in the food service industry

Your teacher can help you find a job with a mentor who will teach and guide you through learning the skills necessary to complete the ProStart® Workplace Checklist.

Step #3: By taking the classes, working in the foodservice industry, and passing the national tests

you will earn the National ProStart® Certificate of Achievement (COA). Earning the COA can give you a leg up in your job search, and opens the door to collegiate opportunities. Numerous restaurant, foodservice and hospitality programs offer benefits to ProStart graduates. These benefits include scholarships, class credits and credit towards work experience requirements. Click here to find out more about getting your COA.

Practice Exams

Practice makes perfect! If you are planning a career in food service, having a ProStart® Certificate of Achievement can help you find a job to help pay your way through college. An important step in getting your COA is passing your exams. Click on the Practice Exam tabs below and start practicing for those exams so YOU can be on your way to an exciting career!

Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts Practice Exams

Level One

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15 Question Sampler

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80 Question Exam

Dessert

45 Question Exam

Level Two

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15 Question Sampler

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80 Question Exam

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45 Question Exam

ServSafe Practice Exams

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15 Question Sampler

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80 Question Exam

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45 Question Exam

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If you’re thinking about going to college, earning your ProStart Certificate of Achievement is a good idea!

If you’re going to study culinary arts or hospitality management in college, the Certificate of Achievement is like a free pass to get out of some college courses. Many colleges and universities have “Articulation Agreements” with ProStart. That means students who have a ProStart® COA don’t have to take some of the introductory classes that are required for non-ProStart students.

Ask your teacher if the colleges you are considering “articulate” with ProStart. If you are planning a career in food service, having a ProStart® Certificate of Achievement can help you find a job to help pay your way through college. Presenting a copy of your COA when you apply for a job tells the employer you have the skills to succeed!

National Scholarships

ProStart COA students only
ProStart COA scholarship

High School Graduate / GED
NRAEF High School Scholarship

Students already in college (ProStart Alumni)
NRAEF Undergraduate Scholarship

Students enrolled in the ManageFirst program
ManageFirst Scholarship

General Academic for all hospitality related
AHLAF Academic Scholarship

Culinary Students
Culinary Trust Foundation Scholarship

Hey ProStart Students:

A special message from the cool scholarship people at the NRAEF

If you are a ProStart alumni or a ManageFirst Student, you do not have to fill out a separate NRAEF application. Please include a copy of your certificate(s) in your application. The scholarship selection judges will consider your achievement in earning this certificate as part of the overall evaluation of your scholarship application packet.

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ProStart gave me the tools and foundation I needed to succeed in the culinary industry.

– Molly, Alumni 2010, Pastry Chef at Gramercy Tavern

Welcome to GoProStart.com’s Virtual Career Discovery Ladders. These interactive ladders are a fun way to explore the education and skills needed to reach your career goals. You’ll listen first hand as hospitality industry superstars tell you about their experiences so you’re better prepared to become your own superstar.

What do you want to be when you grow up? You’ve probably heard that a time or two by now and sometimes it’s not that easy to answer.

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  • Johnson & Wales University

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