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ProStart Teacher Training–Register NOW!

There are two separate ProStart Teacher Training events this year.

June 14-17 — UCF Rosen College of Hospitality, Orlando
June 21-24 — Keiser University, Sarasota campus

Teachers may choose one training to attend which will be on a first-come, first-served basis through the online registration process.

Due to the nature of the host sites, the agendas will be different for each event. Detailed agendas will be available in May.

June 14-17     The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality event will cover several topics to include Soups and Salads, Appetizers and Advanced Plating Techniques.  The group will have offsite field trips at Universal Orlando and Darden’s Headquarters.  (Field trip locations may change due to unforeseen events.)

June 21-24    The ProStart Teacher Training at Keiser University in Sarasota’s kitchen time will focus on Sustainability, International Favorites and Sweet Treats.  The group will also have the opportunity to tour Dakin Dairy Farms and Geier’s Sausage Kitchen.  (Tour locations may change due to unforeseen events.)


All attendees must be teaching the ProStart curriculum during the 2022-2023 school year.

Participants must adhere to all UCF Rosen College of Hospitality and Keiser University professional codes of sanitation and grooming. While in the kitchens, each participant must wear chef pants (no jeans) as well as non-skid, hard toe shoes.
The FRLAEF, along with its sponsors, covers the cost for all attendees. This includes instruction, lodging, chef coat and take-home educational materials. Most meals will be provided.  Accommodations for the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality event will be in the dorms while attendees for the Keiser University event will be in a local hotel (TBD) and will be single-occupancy. FRLAEF will cover the cost of the room nights.
Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the event as well as to and from the campuses each day.



Complimentary ProStart, Foodsafety and ServSuccess Materials Available Now!

We have funding opportunities available to eligible ProStart instructors to assist with purchasing ProStart scantrons/online codes and Foodsafety Training such as ServSafe, SafeStaff and ServSuccess!

ProStart Scantrons and/or Online Codes

It is testing season! Get your ProStart scantrons and/or online codes now before the big rush. Every CURRENT ProStart instructor, who will also be teaching ProStart during the 2022-2023 school year, is eligible to receive $1000 worth of ProStart scantrons and/or online codes.  Click here to let us know what you want. For this special offer, all the orders must be placed using this link. All material must be requested no later than May 14.

Foodsafety Training

Each CURRENT ProStart instructor, who will also be teaching ProStart during the 2022-2023 school year, is eligible for $1,000 worth of Foodsafety Training. You can purchase ServSafe or SafeStaff. Use the link above to request your Foodsafety Training.


ServSuccess is a stackable foodservice industry credential. The entry level certification is Certified Restaurant Professional (CRP). In the perfect world (which we do not live in), the COA will unlock the CRP. Individuals must have 400 hours of industry experience along with the ServSafe exam to be eligible to sit for the CRP. No training is required but five modules are offered. Using the link above, you may order up to $200 in ServSuccess materials, which will allow you to take the five courses and the exam. The link below will provide you with additional information on CRP.

FRLAEF Post Secondary Scholarship

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) Post Secondary scholarship application is now available for distribution to your students.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled at a post-secondary institution
  • Be entering or continuing in a culinary or hospitality post-secondary program – Summer/Fall 2022 term
  • Return a transcript to FRLAEF by application deadline

The scholarship amount is based on investment returns and award amounts fluctuate from year to year. Approximately three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. This is a one-time, non-renewable award.

Application deadline: Friday, May 20, 2022

Applicants notified award status by: May 27, 2022

Transcripts should be mailed to:  FRLAEF, PO Box 1779, Tallahassee, FL 32302

Some schools have the capability to email transcripts. Those should be sent to Amy Parker at

CLICK HERE for the application

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ACF Webinars for You and Your Students

Below are links and information on upcoming ACF webinars.  The upcoming webinars typically live on this page which should be updated with all of these.  The page also has the links to all of the past webinar recordings!

The Secrets to Fried Chicken  

May 11th  11:00 am ET
Reg link:

Join Chef Andy Husbands, award-winning chef, author and Pitmaster, who has spent nearly two decades on the competitive barbecue circuit, for a very special presentation on an American classic, Fried Chicken. Chef Husbands has 5 locations of Smoke Shop BBQ in greater Boston, where Chef has received recognition for showcasing his modern approach to slow-cooked, competition-style barbecue, which Husbands dubs as “City ‘Q” which earned recognition from Boston Magazine for “Best Barbecue” in 2018, 2019 and 2021. Chef is the co-founder of internationally recognized team, IQUE BBQ, which became the first Non-Southern BBQ Team to win the Grand Champion title at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Tennessee. From his famous wings, fried chicken, Nashville Hot chicken, to Korean fried chicken, you don’t want to miss this educational session. Be inspired as you learn the tips, tricks and techniques to keep your fried chicken juicy, crispy, and award-winning. Presented in collaboration with MA ProStart.

JWU Culinary Skills & Education Summit

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) Charlotte is hosting its 2nd Annual Culinary Skills and Education Summit this summer. The 2 1/2 day summit will provide hands-on learning and skill development. Content includes Baking and Pastry, Culinary Skills and Techniques and more.

For full details, including dates and registration links, CLICK HERE.

Registration closes June 15 or when space is filled.

CAPE Update

As you know, the ProStart Certificate of Achievement (COA) was removed from DOE’s CAPE funding list at the end of last school year.    ServSafe remains on DOE’s CAPE funding list.  Historically, ProStart instructors favor the ServSafe exam over the ProStart COA which is evidence by the fact that 63 COA’s were awarded during the 2019-2020 school year while 4278 ServSafe exams were administered.

Our intention was to submit the new ServSuccess certification for the CAPE list when the application was available at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.  However, due to several factors DOE has not released the new CAPE application.  If the CAPE application is released, we will apply for the ServSuccess certification to be included.

For now, continue using the ServSafe certification as your CAPE industry certification.  As soon as another certification is available, we will let you know.

ProStart & ServSafe Login Update

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) implemented an Identity and Access Management upgrade to all systems, including ProStart and ServSafe.

What does this mean exactly?

  • All new accounts created will require a unique email address that the user must verify.
  • NRAEF will no longer allow the use of shared email addresses or multiple accounts using the same email address for a single individual.
  • Existing accounts utilizing shared or duplicated email addresses will be prompted to provide a unique email address when logging in for the first time.
  • All accounts will also need to use a unique phone number.

When did this change occur? March 13

When should students and educators log in to to verify they have unique email address associated with their username? As soon as the upgrade is complete on March 13th. Please do NOT wait until it’s exam season to ensure your account is up to date.  This update has caused challenges.  You definitely want to allow time to work through any issues the updated created.

I have questions!  has additional information.

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.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart/HTMP curriculum during the 2021-2022 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 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.

Complimentary Copies of the Business Side of Restaurants

The Business Side of Restaurants was written by former Georgia Restaurant Association Restaurateur of the Year, Cliff Bramble.  Mr. Bramble has over 40 years of industry experience as well as founded one of the best restaurants in Georgia and one of the best steakhouses in America.  He also co-owned four multi-million-dollar restaurants.  During COVID closures, he had to close his restaurant which gave him the time to write a book about the industry.  This book covers everything from lease discussion and operating cost to human resources and the areas that can suck a business dry.  It also includes QR codes throughout the chapter which link to online webinars and videos relevant to the topic covered.  For more information go to or

Mr. Bramble is interested in providing complimentary eBooks to you and your students.  If you are interested, please reach out to him at  Include that you are a Florida ProStart school.