Certificate of Achievement
Upon completion of the program, ProStart graduates possess a solid foundation for their future careers. The ProStart Certificate of Achievement (COA) is awarded to students who complete both levels of the program, pass the exams, and document at least 400 hours of work experience, through which they have demonstrated 52 of 75 workplace competencies. Students who receive the ProStart Certificate of Achievement (COA) are eligible for National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation scholarship opportunities and course credits at more than 60 of the country’s leading hospitality and culinary arts colleges and universities.
The ProStart Passport Program works with colleges and universities across the country to develop articulation agreements for students who earn the Certificate of Achievement. Please view the National ProStart Collegiate Passport for details and participating institutions.
Hospitality Apprenticeship Program
ProStart students who complete Certificate of Achievement are automatically eligible to become hospitality apprentices
WASHINGTON, DC – November 16, 2017 – As part of the administration’s efforts to expand apprenticeship to high school, ProStart culinary and restaurant management students can now earn credentials to enter the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) program for restaurant managers.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and its programs work to train and advance the next generation of restaurant leaders, including those at the high school level and those currently working in the industry. The Foundation’s ProStart program is a nationwide high school career and technical education program uniting the classroom and restaurant industry to develop tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. To provide career pathways for both new and incumbent workers in hospitality, the NRAEF and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) have developed the nation’s first earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship program for restaurant, foodservice and lodging.
“The connection between ProStart and the nation’s first hospitality apprenticeship initiative provides young people with another critical pathway to not only enter the restaurant industry, but to advance them toward rewarding careers,” says Rob Gifford, Executive Vice President of the NRAEF. “We’re excited to offer the next generation of industry leaders the support they need to make their career dreams a reality.”
Students who wish to earn credits for the hospitality apprenticeship must complete the ProStart Certificate of Achievement, which includes passing two national exams, completing 400 hours of practical work experience in the industry and demonstrating proficiency in at least 70 percent of the 75 industry competencies taught in the program. ProStart is one of the only Career and Technical Education programs where a high school level student can work in the industry while still in school.
To learn more about ProStart, HSRA and how you can get involved, visit ChooseRestaurants.org. Click here to find a National Apprenticeship Week event near you.
ProStart students enter the workplace ready to make an immediate impact. They have developed industry-specific and transferable skills that bring value to any hospitality establishment. ProStart students will make motivated employees that are focused on the industry as a career. The program and curriculum teach, among other topics,
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Meet Eric. Eric is a graduate of the Culinary & Pastry Art program at Concord Regional Technical Center, Concord.
Restaurants are a driving force in New Hampshire's economy. They provide jobs and build careers for thousands of people and play a vital role in local communities throughout the state.
Did you know?
• In 2017, restaurant and foodservice jobs in New Hampshire made up 10% of all employment in the state
• By 2027, that number is projected to grow by 11.5% which is 7,500 additional jobs
• Half of all adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some point during their lives
• 1 in 3 Americans got their first job experience in a restaurant
• 8 in 10 restaurant owners started in entry-level positions
• 9 in 10 restaurant managers started in entry-level positions