75 contact hours (CH) every 5 years is required to support your application for renewal. Each contact hour (CH) equals one hour of instruction. To keep your CFS current, you must renew it every five years.
To attain the 75-credit hour requirement, you need to complete an average of 15 contact hours per year. IFT related program credit hours are automatically applied to your CFS portal account. If you attend IFT’s Annual Event you can earn a total of 22 contact hours. These hours are self-reported. You can check in on your accumulated credit hour status at any time by logging into your CFS account.
Earn CHs towards your CFS Renewal for each of the following activities:
Examples of activities that generally will not be accepted as CH:
Questions about qualifying maintenance activities can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Log into the CFS Portal to update your contact hours and submit your application for renewal. You’ll be asked to provide the International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC) with the following information for each CH activity:
IFT Member: $300 (average of $60/year)
Non-Member: $425 (average of $85/year)