Industry News | May 17, 2013

Culinary Students Earn NRA-Approved Cooking Certificates

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The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is launching two new post-secondary certificates for cooking and baking, developed in partnership with Pearson Education. 

These industry-recognized, knowledge-based certificates are designed to confirm students’ understanding and comprehension of key cooking and baking principles.   

The certificates are earned by culinary students who successfully pass two separate and distinct examinations. The exams are sold exclusively by Pearson’s Professional and Career Higher Education Sales Team (colleges and universities) and Pearson’s Career and Technical Education Sales Team (K-12).

The exams were developed by a team of subject-matter experts from post-secondary academia and the industry to ensure these tests focus on the key concepts critical for success in the restaurant and foodservice industry. 

Based on the objectives found in market-leading post-secondary textbooks, a detailed analysis of the course objectives was completed to identify the critical competencies required of a culinary arts student. 

“As the restaurant industry’s leading provider of training and certification for more than 40 years, the National Restaurant Association is expanding its post-secondary portfolio to help the industry’s workforce grow and succeed in a variety of areas within culinary and hospitality,” says Paul Hineman, executive vice president of the NRA.

“Our new cooking and baking certificates serve as a strong indicator to employers that job applicants are well-versed in these core competencies,” he adds. “In addition, the certificates are a lasting recognition of a student's accomplishment and will help support them in their job search.” 

Similar to other NRA products, the exams can be administered online or offline (pencil and paper), meeting the needs of instructors and students. Exams are to be administered in a proctored environment by a registered instructor.

The NRA processes all exams with full assistance in administration, support, and customer service. Pearson is responsible for the sale and distribution of the online exam vouchers and answer sheets.