Why ProStart?

ProStart is the only culinary curriculum that provides educators with personal concierge to:

  • Pair educators with mentors,
  • Set up chef visits and job shadows,
  • Help students find jobs,
  • Invite educators to industry events, and
  • Provide free trainings

ProStart students spend two years in the classroom studying the fundamental management and culinary skills needed for success. ProStart trains students on industry-specific skills that can be used in all areas of the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Students also learn employability skills – like leadership, critical thinking, communication, accountability, teamwork and responsibility – that they can take with them to positions in all industries. ProStart builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime. Meet the students who are discovering their passion in ProStart.

Why ProStart? Because the restaurant industry is standing behind it and they are over 300,000 strong in Georgia.

ProStart National Certificate of Achievement

The ProStart National Certificate of Achievement (COA) is your passport to the future. 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. Watch this and see for yourself!

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

prostart passportTo earn the ProStart National COA, a student must pass “The Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts” Level 1 and Level 2 exams, document  400 hours of work experience and demonstrate proficiency on more than 50 workplace competencies.  Work experience can come from paid jobs, school-based enterprises or relevant volunteer work.

ProStart Competition Scholarships

Students who compete in the ProStart state and national invitational can earn additional scholarship dollars on the both the state and national levels. Annually, more than $1 million in scholarships are awarded to the top five Management and Culinary ProStart national competition teams.

Apply for the scholarships at NRAEF.

Nationally Standardized Educator Training and Certification

NRAEF provides educators with a forum to learn cutting-edge skills, which they can then take back to the classroom. Industry experts share their experience in classroom settings and in industry training facilities in weeklong intensive workshops. Scholarships for educators are available from industry.