Application & Fees



What are the CFS exam fees?

CFS Application Fee: IFT Member: $550 | Non-Member: $750

Exam Retest Fee: IFT Member: $200 | Non-Member: $300

Renewal Fee*: IFT Member: $300 | Non-Member: $425

*Renewal cycle occurs 5 years from the date of certification.

All fees are listed in U.S. dollars. These fees are non-refundable. In the event that your CFS application is declined, you will be refunded your application fee minus a $150 non-refundable processing fee. 

Pricing for members of CIFST and AIFST

Through a special arrangement, members of the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology (CIFST) and the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology (AIFST) are eligible to apply for the CFS exam at the IFT member rate.  To take advantage of this preferential pricing, please use the following contacts:

CIFST: or visit

AIFST: or visit

I strongly urge other scientists who work in academia, the government, or for the food industry, to apply for the CFS certificate as an indication of your skill and knowledge of food science..

Guy A. Crosby, Ph.D., CFS
Author of the Book, The Science of Good Cooking
Guy A. Crosby, Ph.D., CFS

Upcoming CFS Exams

February 11 – March 2, 2019
Deadline to Apply: January 28, 2019

May 1 – 25, 2019
Deadline to Apply:
April 17, 2019

August 8 – 26, 2019
Deadline to Apply:
July 25, 2019