Education and Certification

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With thousands of chefs competing in the job market, it is essential to prove your culinary competency. Certification through the American Culinary Federation demonstrates skill, knowledge and professionalism to the food service industry.

Watch the videos! Certification is not only a benchmark for personal and professional achievement but it has also become recognized as a standard of excellence in the industry.
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 What ACF certification means to an employer

  • Your skills and culinary expertise have reached a set benchmark
  • You are well versed in culinary nutrition and food safety and sanitation
  • You understand the responsibilities of culinary supervisory management
  • You recognize the importance of high standards for food preparation
  • You take charge of your professional development and career 

Certification Toolbox

 

 Applications (application links are located about 2/3 of the way down on the ACF National Website Download Page) 

 

Required course options:

Taking the practical exam

Continuing Education Hours

To maintain your ACF certification, you are required to earn a minimum of 80 continuing education hours (CEHs) during the five-year certification period. CEHs are experiences that assist in the development or enhancement of the knowledge and skills directly related to the individual’s professional occupation.

How to Earn Hours

To find upcoming CEH opportunities in your area, select your region below. Online courses are also available and ongoing in all regions. Schedules are subject to change.

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