IFT Certified Food Scientist

Fast-track your career with CFS...As a Chicago Section IFT member, obtaining the CFS credential is a great way for you to demonstrate your professional commitment to lifelong learning and excellence as a food professional. If you’re a current food industry professional with a either a food science or a basic science degree, the CFS credential provides the perfect complement to your work experience and helps differentiate you from other job candidates. Attaining the CFS demonstrates to your employer a clear understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of food science and the real-world skills needed for a successful career.

CSIFT Events Qualify for IFT Certified Food Scientist (CFS) Recertification Contact Hours (CH)
IFT Certified Food Scientist Contact Hours

Qualify for 1.5 contact hours (CH) for each dinner meeting you attend and for 2 contact hours (CH) for each technical session you attend. Below are the upcoming events for contact hours.

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Technical Sessions

October 22, 2015 Technical Session
Regulatory Reflexes
April 21, 2016 Technical Session
The Clean Label Movement
Suppliers' Night 2016 Seminars

9:00 – 10:15 AM: Insights from Food Entrepreneurs

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: FutureFood: Today's Innovation, Tomorrow's Dinner
Dinner Meetings

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September 12, 2016 Dinner Meeting
A Defense of Food Science - considering some advantages of our modern food system
October 17, 2016 Dinner Meeting
Food Safety Challenges in the Emerging Cannabis Products Market
January 17, 2017 Dinner Meeting
Food Defense: Threat and Response
February 13, 2017 Dinner Meeting
To Modify or not to Modify (Genetically)
April 10, 2017 Dinner Meeting
The Meaty Side of Mushrooms
May 8, 2017 Dinner Meeting
Tanner Lecture
When can I take the CFS exam?

The CFS exam is offered several times a year. The next exam testing cycles are:

August 11, 2016 – August 29, 2016
Deadline to Apply: July 28, 2016

October 17, 2016 – November 12, 2016
Deadline to Apply: October 3, 2016

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The CFS examination is a computer-based exam offered at 5,000 Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide. To take an online tour of a Pearson Professional Center (PPC), please visit http://www.pearsonvue.com/ppc/


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