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Examinations in Japan

The 5th round of the Food Service Industry Skills Proficiency Test
Detailed Schedule

Click here to view a detailed examination schedule.

The 5th round of the Food Service Industry Skills Proficiency Test
Detailed Schedule

Click here to view a detailed examination schedule.

Food Service Industry Skills Proficiency Test
Guidance on the Domestic Test
(applicable from December 2019)

You will be redirected to the Organization for Technical Skill Assessment of Foreign Workers in Food Industry website.

Food Service Industry Skills Proficiency Test
Guidance on the Domestic Test
(applicable from December 2019)

You will be redirected to the Organization for Technical Skill Assessment of Foreign Workers in Food Industry website.

Please select from the languages below to read the Guidance on the Domestic Test in full.
You will be redirected to the guidelines in your chosen language on the Organization for Technical Skill Assessment
of Foreign Workers in Food Industry website.
1. Qualifications to take the Test
A person who is entitled to take a test in Japan for specified skills in the food service industry must be a person who fulfills the conditions set forth in (a) and (b) below on the test day

(a) the person shall be 17 years of age or older on the test day; and

(b) the person must be a medium-to-long-term resident (Note 1) or a person who has lived in Japan as a medium-to-long-term resident in the past.

However, the following persons shall be excluded (Note 2):

(i) overseas students who have been expelled from school or whose names have been removed from the school register (including leaving school);

(ii) missing technical intern trainees;

(iii) persons who maintain a status of residence in “Designated Activities (application for
refugee)”;

(iv) persons who are carrying out the activities concerned under a status of residence that requires the drawing up of a plan for carrying out activities, including technical intern training, (hereinafter referred to as “Plan of Action”) (whose status of residence is not to be changed for reasons of the nature of the Plan of Action or whose status of residence is to be changed to a specific one or whose period of stay is to be renewed after the end of the activity according to the Plan); specifically, persons who are carrying out activities according to a Plan of Action connected with the following statuses of residence:

– “Technical Intern Training (Note 3)”;
– “Trainee”;

– “Designated Activities (Human resource cultivation program to spread Japanese food
culture overseas)”;

– “Designated Activities (Program to spread specified traditional cuisine overseas)”;

– “Designated Activities (Program to promote foreign employee acceptance in the
manufacturing industry)”;

– “Designated Activities (Internship)”;

– “Designated Activities (Program to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to start a
business)”; and

– “Business Management (Program to promote acceptance of foreigners to start a
business)”; and

(v) Nationals of a country or region that does not cooperate in executing a written deportation
order smoothly (Note 4).

Note 1: Such a resident means a person as prescribed in Article 19-3 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, and the following persons shall be excluded:

(i) persons for whom it has been decided that their period of stay is three months or less;

(ii) persons to whom the status of residence as “Temporary Visitor,” “Diplomat” or “Official” has been granted; and

(iii) persons who are special permanent residents or have no status of residence, and other persons.

Note 2: Please note that, even if a person falling within the above items has taken and passed the test in Japan, the person will not be considered as a “Successful Candidate” in the examination of status of residence by the Immigration Services Agency of Japan.

Note 3: There were cases where a technical intern trainee receiving technical intern training tried to take a specified skills test conducted by OTAFF. Please note that technical intern trainees who are receiving technical intern training fall into the category of “Persons who are carrying out activities according to a Plan of Action connected with status of residence” and may not take that test.

Note 4: Currently the Islamic Republic of Iran falls into the category of those countries or regions.

2. Test subjects and test method
A test in academic subjects and a skill test will be conducted over a period of 80 minutes by a
written test method (using a mark-sensing card).
You should choose any of Types A, B and C at the time of application for test.

Type A: No choice

Type B: Mainly in cooking

Type C: Mainly in hospitality

Please see the below link for more details.

https://otaff1.jp/gaisyoku/

 Test in academic subjects (Questions will be made in Japanese.)
Knowledge of hygiene control, food and drink cooking and overall hospitality as well as Japanese language proficiency necessary for operations will be assessed.

 Skill test (Questions will be in Japanese, e.g. a judgment test and a planning test)

The level of skills necessary for operations will be assessed through such tests as a judgment in which an examinee decides a proper act in a situation shown using drawings, illustrations or the like and a planning test in which an examinee draws up a plan for necessary operations using given formulas.

3. Criteria for passing the test
A score of 65% or more will constitute a pass.
4. Textbooks
Textbooks for examinees are made public on the Japan Foodservice Association’s website (https://www.jfnet.or.jp/contents/gaikokujinzai/).
5. Flow of procedures for test

STEP 1. Read the Guidance on Test

STEP 2. Register for My Page
Please complete Pre-registration with My Page on the Organization for Technical Skill Assessment of Foreign Workers in Food Industry website.
*Anyone who has not completed Pre-registration with My Page cannot apply for the test.

https://otaff1.jp/
Screening will be conducted for My Page registration. This screening will take up to five business days. You should apply for My Page registration as early as possible before applying to take the test.

STEP 3. Apply for the test
Log into My Page to choose the test date, test venue and other items, choose the test type, re-confirm your eligibility to take the test, and pay the test fee.
The test fee paid cannot be refunded (Note).

STEP 4. Download a test admission card
Download a test admission card from My Page.

STEP 5. Take the test

STEP 6. Receive the result of the test
The examinee numbers of successful candidates will be made public on the Organization for Technical Skill Assessment of Foreign Workers in Food Industry website, and the result of the test will be notified to examinees by e-mail.

STEP 7. Receive a certificate of passing the test
A certificate of passing the test will be sent to the receiver’s address registered by the examinee on My Page.

6. Test fee
7,000 yen (including tax) (to be applied in the 2019 business year)

The test fee paid shall not be refunded except in the following cases:
– where it is impossible to conduct the test owing to a cause attributable to OTAFF; or
– where OTAFF decides that it is impossible to conduct the test owing to a natural disaster or the like (except where a substitute test is conducted).
Please see OTAFF’s website to confirm whether the test will be conducted or not.

7. Announcement of successful candidates and certificates of passing the test
(1) Announcement of successful candidates
After the test, OTAFF will announce the examinee numbers of successful candidates on its website within a few weeks. In addition, OTAFF will inform all examinees of the result of the test by e-mail to the e-mail addresses registered on My Page.

(2) Sending of certificates of passing the test
After the test result announcement, OTAFF will send a certificate of passing to each of the
successful candidates at the receiver’s address registered by him/her on My Page.

The 5th round of the Food Service Industry Skills Proficiency Test

The 5th round of the Food Service Industry Skills Proficiency Test

Detailed Schedule

Wednesday
February 19, 2020
1) Time 24 Bldg. 13F, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Training Rooms 131 and 134
Reception opening time: 10 a.m.
Examination start time: 11 a.m.
Capacity: 300

2) Time 24 Bldg. 13F, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Training Rooms 131 and 134
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 300

3)Nagoya Sun Sky Room 2F, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Room A
Reception opening time: 10 a.m.
Examination start time: 11 a.m.
Capacity: 170

4) Nagoya Sun Sky Room 2F, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Room A
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 170

5) Kaderu 2-7 Hokkaido Citizens Actives Center 4F, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Main conference room
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 120

Tuesday
February 18, 2020
1) Time 24 Bldg. 13F, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Training Rooms 131 and 134
Reception opening time: 10 a.m.
Examination start time: 11 a.m.
Capacity: 300

2) Time 24 Bldg. 13F, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Training Rooms 131 and 134
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 300

3) Meeting Space AP Yokohama 6F, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Rooms H and I
Reception opening time: 10 a.m.
Examination start time: 11 a.m.
Capacity: 100

4) Meeting Space AP Yokohama 6F, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Rooms H and I
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 100

5) Hiroshima JA Bldg. 10F, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima
Lecture Halls A and B
Reception opening time: 10 a.m.
Examination start time: 11 a.m.
Capacity: 120

6) Hiroshima JA Bldg. 10F, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima
Lecture Halls A and B
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 120

Monday
February 17, 2020
1) Time 24 Bldg. 13F, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Training Rooms 131 and 134
Reception opening time: 10 a.m.
Examination start time: 11 a.m.
Capacity: 300

2) Time 24 Bldg. 13F, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Training Rooms 131 and 134
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 300

3) Kanagawa Roudou Plaza 3F, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Multipurpose Halls A and B
Reception opening time: 10 a.m.
Examination start time: 11 a.m.
Capacity: 180

4) Kanagawa Roudou Plaza 3F, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Multipurpose Halls A and B
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 180

5) Tenjin Crystal Bldg. 3F, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Main Halls A and B
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 120

Sunday
February 16, 2020
1) Time 24 Bldg. 12F, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Training Room 121
Reception opening time: 10 a.m.
Examination start time: 11 a.m.
Capacity: 250

2) Time 24 Bldg. 12F, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Training Room 121
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 250

Saturday
February 15, 2020
1) TKP Garden City Osaka Riverside Hotel 3F, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Reception opening time: 10 a.m.
Examination start time: 11 a.m.
Capacity: 160

2) TKP Garden City Osaka Riverside Hotel 3F, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 160

Friday
February 14, 2020
1) TKP Garden City Osaka Riverside Hotel 4F, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Reception opening time: 10 a.m.
Examination start time: 11 a.m.
Capacity: 170

2) TKP Garden City Osaka Riverside Hotel 4F, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 170

Thursday
February 13, 2020
1) Conference Bldg. 3F, Sendai International Center, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Shirakashi Conference Room
Reception opening time: 2 p.m.
Examination start time: 3 p.m.
Capacity: 120
First round of the application process*1
Tuesday January 7, 2020 to Tuesday January 14, 2020

Weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

*You need to register for My Page before applying for the test.

If you do have not registered for My Page by Monday December 23, 2019, you may not be in time for the first round of the application process.

If you wish to take the test, please register for My Page at https://otaff1.jp/ as soon as possible.

Deadline for payment of examination fee (first round)
By Sunday January 19, 2020
Second round of the application process*1
Wednesday January 22, 2020 to Friday January 24, 2020
Weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for payment of examination fee (second round)
Early February
Issuance of test admission card
By Tuesday January 28, 2020
Announcement of results
Early March
How to apply

Please complete Pre-registration with My Page on the Organization for Technical Skill Assessment of Foreign Workers in Food Industry website.
*Anyone who has not completed Pre-registration with My Page cannot apply for the test.
https://otaff1.jp/

Examination Details
For detailed information on the test, please read carefully the Guidance on the Domestic Test on the website of OTAFF, the test administrator.
*1 We will stop accepting applications for a particular test location when the number of applicants reaches the quota for that location.
*2 If the number of applicants reaches the quota for a test location in the first round of the application process, and all seats are occupied, we will not open the second round of the application process for the location.

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