ProStart NewsBites June 2020

Online ServSafe Proctoring is Here

State-approved online ServSafe proctoring for Florida K-12 students is now available. If you have students who need to take the ServSafe Manager exam before the start of the 2020-2021 school year, please contact Steve Henige, Senior National Academic Sales Manager K-12 ServSafe at When you contact Steve, please include the information below. He will provide the instructions needed for next steps. Testing can begin 24 hours after students register for the online proctoring service.

  • School
  • District
  • City
  • Name and e-mail of school or district contact person
  • Number of students to test
  • If you purchased paper answer sheets or exam codes

Virtual ProStart Teacher Training Institute


Due to the current CDC guidelines, the FRLAEF had to cancel the ProStart Teacher Training Institute (TTI). However, we are working with Johnson & Wales University (JWU) to provide three virtual TTI classes geared towards topics covered in the ProStart curriculum.  The classes will be available by the end of June.  Each class will be approximately 45 minutes in length.


Culinary Position Open in Orange County

A brand new instructor position is now available at Wekiva High School’s Magnet Academy of Culinary Arts, fall 2020. Wekiva Culinary instructors teach in a shared, fully-renovated facility with a dedicated classroom, demonstration kitchen, commercial kitchen, separate bakery, and working restaurant. Industry background, demonstrated certification pass rate, and competition experience are given high priority among applicants. Interested educators should email for  more information.

National ProStart Student Invitational LIVE

Amid all the shutdowns The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) canceled the National ProStart Student Invitational (NPSI). Instead, they are hosting NPSI Live on Thursday, June 4 at 6:00 pm.

Everyone is welcome to tune in for a virtual event filled with giveaways, celebrity appearances, state competition highlights, and more.

CLICK HERE for the event on FaceBook.

ProStart Back on CAPE List for 2020-2021 + COA Hours For 2020

On April 30, CareerSource Florida’s executive committee approved 18 additional certification that were not on the original February 20th list.  The ProStart Certificate of Achievement (ProStart COA) was one of the 18 certifications added back to the list!  These certifications are only approved for one additional year which means they will be removed from the list on June 30, 2021.  However, it does mean you are able to get CAPE funding for the ProStart COA throughout all of the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have graduating students that are short COA hours, please contact us for ideas on how they can earn their hours during the quarantine.

UCF Rosen News

The Rosen College of Hospitality Management is excited to announce in Fall of 2020 they will be debuting a fully online Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant and Foodservice Management.  In addition to the core principles of general hospitality management, the online Restaurant & Foodservice Management degree will provide students with an in-depth F&B education focusing on restaurant management, food industry marketing analysis, optimization of profits, beverage management, and food supply chain management. There are several F&B specialized electives to choose from including culture and cuisine, catering management, beverage sales and distribution, innovation and entrepreneurship, managerial decision making, brand management, and many more.

Bacardi and FIU Partner to Offer Innovative Bachelor’s Degree and Courses for Hospitality Industry

The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU) is home to the Bacardi Center of Excellence, a dynamic educational partnership focused on developing learners of beverage management, fine spirits, industry innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship. The Bacardi Center of Excellence brings academia and industry together in a pioneering partnership experience at the Chaplin School, and will launch the new Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management: Spirits Management Track in fall 2020.

The partnership, established in early 2020, is designed to elevate the Bacardi-FIU Chaplin School visibility and set it as the gold standard for spirits and business entrepreneurial education in the United States and around the world.

The Chaplin School’s ranking as one of the world’s top 50 hospitality schools, together with Bacardi’s rich family history, elevate FIU’s unique brand stories and impact marking the future of beverage management through education and innovation.

In addition to the Spirits Management Track, FIU offers several other fully online bachelor’s degree tracks in hospitality management including event management, entertainment management, hotel lodging management, restaurant/culinary management, and travel and tourism management. For more information on FIU’s online hospitality management programs, please visit:


Florida’s DOE approved the ProStart exams for remote proctoring. CLICK HERE for the list of approved home testing certifications.  This process will allow your approved proctor to administer the ProStart exam to up to 3 students at one time.  The process for scheduling the exam is the same as in the past.  However, you will now watch the students take the exam using your school sanctioned web/video conferencing software.

In order to administer the ProStart exams, use the steps below:

  1. Each examinee must have an exam access codes* (codes may be purchased at or you may contact Liz Rice at if you need a quote)
  2. CLICK HERE for instructions on how to virtually proctor the exam.  To learn how to become a Proctor, CLICK HERE.
  3. Send THIS LETTER to each examinee

*If the school has previously purchased Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts scantron exam answer sheets, instructors may exchange them 1:1 for online exam codes by emailing Liz Rice at and requesting an exchange form. Please return your print answer sheets to NRAEF by September 1, 2020 or your return to school date to avoid being invoiced for the exam access codes. If you are eligible to receive free online codes for ProStart (Premier or Full ProStart Schools), and are in need of these resources, please let us know!

Online Resources Page–UPDATED MATERIALS!

Announcing free e-books and digital resources through June 30!

Free Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts, 2nd edition e-book

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is providing free FRMCA second edition e-books to our ProStart schools through June 30, 2020. Using the NRAEF ProStart list compiled from this year’s survey results, they will distribute access codes and instructions to each school’s survey responder. Teachers will receive the codes directly on 4/16 or 4/17. Schools using FRMCA 2/e who did not respond to the NRAEF survey this year will not receive this direct e-mail, but may request codes through their FRMCA rep (contact info below) or through

Schools using the first edition of FRMCA can access resources directly from Pearson, and those links are available on the ONLINE RESOURCES PAGE If you are in need of the first edition resources links, you can email NRAEF at and they will send them to you.

ServSafe Manager e-Book and Virtual Learning for ProStart Schools

A free ServSafe Manager e-book specifically for K-12 use will also be accessible via the same access code as FRMCA 2/e.  Our high school teachers will be able to provide access to the ServSafe Manager student e-book for the remainder of the school year to assist with remote learning. If teachers are using video conferencing programs such as Zoom, NRAEF does ask that you do not record your ServSafe instruction. The e-book access for both high school programs will be available only through June 30. After that date, all virtual bookshelf and downloaded instances will expire.

ServSafe Remote Proctoring – Solution in Process

NRAEF is actively pursuing a remote proctoring solution that will become available this month. More updates to come.

ProStart Exam Remote Administration – Updated Guidelines in Link & Deadline Change to June 30, 2020

This is the time of year when many schools start administering their end-of-level ProStart exams.  NRAEF has relaxed the ProStart proctoring requirements to allow for remote proctoring of online exams. There have been updates since the original email, so please see the latest guidance on all NRAEF exam proctoring information including FRMCA at 

Note that these guidelines are in effect for FRMCA through June 30, 2020, not May 31st.

Free COVID-19 Course Training: Takeout and Delivery Available through May 31st.

At the end of March, the NRAEF released two free training videos in response to COVID-19: ServSafe Takeout: COVID-19 Precautions and ServSafe Delivery: COVID-19 Precautions. These videos are offering to schools as additional digital instructional resources. Each video course is 10 minutes long and available in English and Spanish. Students can register for either course through this link.

CLICK HERE for other resources posted on our ONLINE RESOURCES PAGE.

Florida NRAEF Contact: Liz Rice,

ACF To Offer Free Classes

With everything happening in our world, the American Culinary Federation (ACF) would like to offer you free CEH courses, as well as access to their COVID-19 response webinars, including the webinar specifically geared for educators. Please go to the ACF Online Learning Center at: You will need to create a free web profile if you are not an ACF member.  Then look for the ACF United bundle and webinars under the featured tab or in the catalog. For any questions or issues, please don’t hesitate to contact ACF at:

$180,000 in FRLAEF Scholarships Awarded

The FRLAEF awarded almost 70 scholarships to ProStart and HTMP students this year. Scholarship ranged from $1,000 to $5,000 and were presented during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Sunday, March 8 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.


This scholarship is contingent upon the FRLAEF receiving verification the student has been admitted and enrolled in a post-secondary institution.  This is confirmed when the student emails the FRLAEF the following:

  • Post-Secondary Student ID Number
  • Financial Aid mailing address of their post-secondary school 

The FRLAEF must receive this required documentation no later than June 12, 2020. The FRLAEF scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award.

Path to Power Series

The Path to Power series profiles executives in the hospitality industry and the career path they took to get there.  These articles were compiled for Florida’s ProStart and HTMP students.

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