Hands-on Learning
By bringing industry into the classroom, ProStart® gives students a platform to discover new career opportunities by providing hands-on training and industry experience. The curriculum includes all facets of the industry, setting a high standard of excellence for students and industry. By completing ProStart Level 1 and II, students master fundamental management and culinary skills needed for success – like leadership, accountability, teamwork and responsibility – which they can take with them to positions in all industries.

Real-Life Experience
While classroom experience is necessary to learn the foundational culinary and management skills, nothing beats real-life experience gained by working in the industry. Under the direction of an industry mentor, ProStart® students make the connection between classroom academics and industry work experience.

Get more info on Colorado ProStart

The ServSafe Program leads the way in providing comprehensive educational materials to the restaurant industry through face-to-face and online instruction.

More than 5 million foodservice professionals have been certified through the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Examination, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute-Conference for Food Protection.

ServSafe training and certification is recognized by more federal, state and local jurisdictions than any other food safety certification, including Colorado. 

Visit the CRA Calendar to see a list of all of our classes

The hardest working people in the industry are working for you right now. Make sure you keep them. ServSuccess, a new career development offering launched at the 2019 National Restaurant Association show, helps train and certify your employees to fuel their professional growth, encouraging them to stay with your business.

The average cost of recruiting and training a new employee is almost $2,000 per hire. Give your employees a reason to stay by providing them with the training they want and need.

ServSuccess starts HERE

Hospitality and Restaurant Registered Apprenticeships

The Colorado Restaurant Foundation is proud to be one of the few states selected to implement this new program launched through a partnership with the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) is the industry’s first-ever earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship program, and is approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. The HSRA aims to create career opportunities for the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality workforce.

Colorado is also one of only four states currently offering the Restaurant Youth Registered Apprenticeship (RYRA) program, which provides employment and training opportunities for line cooks and restaurant management candidates.

For more information on how the RYRA program can benefit you:

For more information on these Apprenticeship programs, contact Program Manager Stacy Griest at 303-830-2972 x149, or



The NRAEF’s Restaurant Ready™ program is a national program to engage and empower disengaged opportunity youth (OY), reentry adults and underserved populations that need work readiness skills to pursue a path to employment and life-long success. Launched in 2017, and starting with a focus on OY, the Foundation has expanded its work to also reach reentry adults and additional populations. The Foundation currently operates 18 Restaurant Ready programs across the country. The NRAEF’s program provides training in six work-ready competency areas defined by the restaurant industry — competencies which are critical for them to gain work-readiness skills and be successful throughout their careers, no matter what path they choose.

For more information on this program, contact contact Program Manager Stacy Griest at 303-830-2972 x149, or

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