ProStart NewsBites April 2019

ProStart Teacher Training–Last Month to Register!

The 23rd Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place in June 16-21, 2019. The week-long training providesTTI 2016 background WHITE-min-1 Florida ProStart instructors with the knowledge necessary to teach the ProStart curriculum. Each day’s learning is built around topics covered in the ProStart curriculum.

TTI is divided into four years of participation.

FIRST YEAR ATTENDEES focus on the Foodservice Industry, Culinary Techniques and Methodology, Food and Workplace Safety as well as Stocks, Sauces and Soups.
SECOND YEAR ATTENDEES take an in-depth look at Nutrition, Culinary Technique and Methodology, Customer Service, Food Procurement along with Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Fabrication
THIRD YEAR ATTENDEES continue their ProStart Teacher Training experience in Marketing, Cost Control, Desserts, Baked Goods, Global Cuisines and Ingredients with a strong emphasis on the art and craft of teaching in a culinary setting.
FOURTH YEAR ATTENDEES rotate every other year between Nutrition and Baking & Pastry. The 2019 Year Four curriculum will be NUTRITION.


All classes will be held at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) North Miami campus, 1701 NE 127th Street, North Miami, Florida, 33181.


The FRLAEF will cover the cost of all Florida ProStart instructors who will be teaching the ProStart curriculum during the 2019-2020 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.


CLICK HERE to register. Registration deadline is May 3, 2019.

Exam Season is Here

If you are administering the ServSafe or ProStart exams for the first time, or need a refresher, we have resources right here on our website for you!



  • Administer ProStart; This page also contains the steps to earn the ProStart Certificate of Achievement (COA).

2019 FRLAEF Scholarships

The FRLAEF awarded $92,000 in scholarships during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. In order to redeem their scholarship, the awardees must provide the FRLAEF with their post-secondary Student ID number and Financial Aid mailing address of the school they will attend. Students must be pursuing a degree in foodservice or hospitality. This information is due no later than June 14, 2019.

Floor Plans and Pictures Needed

A few Florida ProStart schools are in the process of remodeling their facilities. If you have recently remodeled and are interested in sharing your floor plans and/or pictures, please email them to us.  A county is looking for ideas before beginning their own culinary renovations.

Three Culinary Positions Open

Marion County   Forest High School in Marion County is in need of a culinary teacher. For more information CLICK HERE and then look for the Careers tab at the top right corner to apply.

Citrus County  Citrus High School in Citrus County is in need of a culinary teacher. CLICK HERE then scroll down to “Teacher Culinary Arts” for more information and to apply.

Lecanto High School in Citrus County is in need of a culinary teacher. CLICK HERE for the application.

2019 ProStart Competition Results

ICYMI–CLICK HERE for 2019 results and competition video.

Project Taste Test

The National Restaurant Association Foundation, in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, is proud to share the seventh Project Taste Test “Servin’ Up Successful Careers” video. Project Taste Test is produced exclusively for ProStart classrooms to give students advice from the best in the business and to showcase the limitless opportunities in restaurants, foodservice, and hospitality. This year’s Project Taste Test video features an exclusive interview with Stephen Joyce, CEO of Dine Brands Global; Darren Rebelez, President of IHOP; and John Cywinski, President of Applebee’s. They are interviewed by Sidney Reed, a ProStart alum from California who is now attending Cal Poly Ponoma to pursue a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Show this video to your students and they can complete the interactive classroom worksheet. The worksheet includes a short project where students can use social media to build out their own marketing campaign. Click here to watch PepsiCo’s Project Taste Test video. Educators can access the interactive classroom activity by logging in to educator hub.

Information about CAPE, SafeStaff and More

  • SafeStaff is a performance measure for Perkins funds.  Please turn in your SafeStaff results to the same person you turn in your ServSafe results.
  • is the host sight for MyCareerShines.  This website exist to help students earn a college degree and find a bright career.  They work closely with Florida’s 40 colleges and universities.  Students can check their transcripts, explore libraries and track their success.  There are student log in options as well as parent log in options.
  • Don’t forget  They have practice exams for ProStart and ServSafe.  The exams are broken down into three optioins:  15 questions (Sampler), 80 questions (Entrée) or 45 questions (Dessert).

ProStart Scantron Update

The 1st edition of Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts distributed by Pearson is going out of print. Pearson is no longer selling the printed answer sheets and online exam vouchers.  However, the National Restaurant Association will continue processing the answer sheets.  You may reach them by email at or call 800-848-9500 prior to that date. However, as of January 1, 2019, you may purchase these 1st edition exam items directly from the National Restaurant Association. Please contact your Foundations rep or email for 2019 orders or to learn more about the new 2nd Edition of FRMCA.

Culinary 1-3 Progression

Pinellas County Schools shared their Culinary 1 – 3 progression chart.  This chart was created to visually show the progression of learning throughout the frameworks.  This chart is a work in progress and is reviewed yearly.  CLICK HERE to view it.

ProStart ExamView Help

NRA Solutions team worked with Turning Technologies to host a ExamView webinar recording via the developer’s ftp site. The recording is not as intuitive or elegant as we would like it to be, but I believe it can still help teachers learn the ropes.

ExamView Webinar Recording

username: NRA

password: Food21617

**Recording is in the root of the folder**

The recorded webinar covers:

  • Installation/downloading
  • Managing multiple editions/test banks
  • Creating a course in Manager and giving the test over Player on the LAN
  • Entering Grades into Manager
  • Creating Exams
  • Pulling student data from test manager- for individuals/class to see trends
  • Add/modify questions

Creating a Test

NRA Solutions can also do 1:1 support for any of your teachers interested in the 2nd edition or currently using ExamView, just let us know and we will connect you to them.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart & HTMP instructors to work in a foodservice/lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600 from the FRLAEF.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart/HTMP curriculum during the 2018-2019 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must also be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.

The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.

CLICK HERE to apply.

If you apply and are approved for an HII, it must be completed no later than June 14, 2019. A new HII application will be available July 1, 2019.

ACF Scholarship Opportunities

ACF Scholarship Applications for  CIA

Complimentary Foodsafety Materials

Each Premier and Full ProStart program is eligible for free ServSafe or SafeStaff materials.  To ensure you get the materials you need, you must notify us of your needs.  Once we receive your ProStart Classification paperwork, you can order up to $350 of ServSafe/SafeStaff materials. Click here for the price list. Email Amy Parker to place your order–you do not need to fill out the form. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

NRAEF has finally made the 7th edition Instructor tools available! The Instructor USB is $200 if you are interested. It is listed on the price sheet.

Complimentary ProStart Scantrons

The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2018-2019 school year. Once a school has turned in their ProStart Classification paperwork, email Amy Parker to let her know how many ProStart Exam Scantrons you need. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.