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International Food Science Certification Commission Examinations

International Food Science Certification Commission Examinations

Coordinated through Professional Testing (PTI).

The Certified Food Scientist (CFS) program is a first-of-its kind certification program recognizing the applied scientific knowledge and skills of food scientists. It is overseen by the International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC), which was established by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

The CFS examination focuses on the practical applied knowledge that food scientists need to be competent professionals. The exam was developed by evaluating the global practice of food science and is firmly grounded in the established fundamental knowledge and skills food scientists apply every day in all aspects of their jobs.

Before scheduling to take the CFS exam, you must:

  1. Meet the eligibility requirements
  2. Complete the application and pay the application/testing fee
  3. Receive notification that your application has been approved
  4. Receive an authorization to test email

For more information about the CFS program, please click here or email

Upcoming Testing Dates

  • February 11 - March 2, 2019
  • May 1 - 25, 2019
  • August 8 - 26, 2019
  • October 14 - November 9, 2019

Scheduling for a computer based exam

Once you receive your authorization to test email, it is your responsibility to make an appointment to take the exam during a testing window. Exam appointments may be scheduled up to one business day in advance. Space at testing locations are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

First-time test takers must create a Pearson VUE web account. Please note that account activation may require up to 24 hours. When creating your account and scheduling your exam, you will need your IFSCC candidate ID number from the authorization-to-test email.

After you schedule your test, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation letter listing your test date, your testing time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.

Computer-Based Testing Tutorial and Practice Exam

Obtain general information about computer-based testing and answers to FAQ, as well as practice taking a general exam using the computer.

Last updated 2019-01-17