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 & 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

Culinary QuickStart
The Colorado Restaurant Association and the Colorado Restaurant Foundation support a Workforce Development program called Culinary QuickStart (CQS). This program trains students of all ages to be qualified as a line or prep cook and includes a ServSafe certification as part of their training. You can benefit from our association with Culinary QuickStart by getting involved with the program.  

Hiring Fairs
By attending their hiring fairs you’ll get the opportunity to meet their graduates face to face and potentially hire some of them. The number of CQS graduates per hiring fair range from a low of 20 per month to a high of nearly 50 per month.  Since 2017 - 447 CQS graduates have been hired in Denver area restaurants. CRA members receive a table at the hiring fair for only $100 – a $50 discount and a bargain in terms of the cost of recruiting through other means.

Guest Chef
Interested in volunteering to be a Guest Chef for our Culinary Quick Start program?  Share your expertise and guide students through a range of culinary techniques!

Meals for Change
Pledge to donate 10% of your restaurant’s total sales for the day the the Culinary Quick Start program - in care of Emily Griffith Foundation.
  • Help the Culinary Quick Start program grow

  • Recruit new people into our industry and your business

  • Help support your Culinary Community overall

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Take advantage of our partnership with the Culinary QuickStart program and build your workforce of the future now.

Check it out at and follow them on social media at: 

Facebook - @culinaryquickstart 
Instagram - @culinaryquickstart 
Twitter - @culinaryquick 

Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship

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. 

For more information on the Apprenticeship Program, contact Courtney Baylie, Grant and Scholarship Coordinator, at office: 303-830-2972 x151, cell: 303-885-3554 or email:



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 the Apprenticeship Program, contact Courtney Bailey at

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