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CP-FS Credential Eligibility & Application

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must meet all of the criteria for one of the following Tracks to be eligible to apply for the CP-FS exam.

Degree Track

Experience Track

Associate degree
  • Four years of progressive experience in food-related work
  • Valid, unexpired Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certificate, Food Safety Managers Certification Examination (FSMCE) certificate, SuperSafe Mark certificate, OR a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate
Or
  • High School Diploma
  • Five years of progressive experience in food-related work
  • Valid, unexpired Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) certificate, Food Safety Managers Certification Examination (FSMCE) certificate, SuperSafe Mark certificate, or a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate

In-Training Track

This track allows candidates with less than two years of qualifying work experience to take the CP-FS exam.

Candidates for those who pass the exam in this track:
  • Will receive a certificate that says “CP-FS – In Training”
  • Have three years to obtain work experience
  • Must submit work experience to us to qualify for the full CP-FS

“In Training” status expires if work experience is not submitted within three years.

Fees

All fees must be paid in full before the application is processed.

Member Rate

Non-Member Rate

Application Fee

$95.00

$130.00

Examination Fee

$165.00

$275.00

Pearson VUE Fee

$110.00

$110.00

Application

Applications must be completed and returned to us for review at least four weeks prior to the exam date. Applications received less than four weeks prior to the planned exam date may require rescheduling the exam for another date.

A complete application must include:

  • All official college transcripts. Transcripts must be provided to us in one of the following ways to be considered an official transcript:
    • In the sealed envelope from the college Registrar’s Office/Transcript Office
    • Emailed from the school or transcript service to support@neha.org
  • Work Experience Verification Form, unless applying for the In-Training track
  • Appropriate fees
  • Third party review if education is international

Expiration

Applications are valid for one year from the date we receive them. If the test has not been taken within one year of applying, new application and fees must be submitted. Pearson VUE testing authorizations are valid for one year.

Apply

To apply, complete the online application:

  • Go to MyNEHA.
  • Select "NEHA Credentials" in the top right.
  • Select "Apply for Certification.”
  • Login or create a free NEHA account. Use an email as the username.
  • The REHS/RS application will appear.
  • Complete the application and submit. Progress can be saved and returned to as needed.

Credential Maintenance

  • To maintain the CP-FS credential, individuals must:
  • Earn and submit a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education every two years
  • Pay renewal fee every two years ($130.00 members; $345.00 non-members)
  • Agree to and sign our Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Policy

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