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ProStart teachers have access to opportunities that can help them grow and succeed right alongside their students.  We are proud to offer ProStart educators high quality professional development that gets them a front-row seat to the industry.


In-State Training

Each summer and fall, the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation hosts in-state training for all ProStart educators. Training is designed to cover various topics that relate to the ProStart curriculum and industry trends.


North Carolina ProStart teachers are required to attend at least one training event and may choose between the North Carolina Summer Workshop, NRAEF Summer Institute and/or the North Carolina Fall Workshop.  


Summer Institutes

The Summer Institutes, brought to you by Darden Restaurants, Inc., and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, provide technical and professional instruction for restaurant and foodservice educators. The goal is to provide educators with a forum to learn cutting-edge skills they can apply to the classroom. These week-long intensive workshops are delivered by industry experts at post-secondary institutions across the country. Visit for a full listing of locations. 

Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator Certification

The Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator certificate (CSFE) was developed for secondary educators to improve and enhance restaurant and foodservice knowledge and develop technical and teaching skills. In order to achieve the CSFE certification, educators must complete levels one through three of the Summer Institutes, 120 hours of industry experience and submit unit lesson plans from industry experience.  

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