Education and Certification
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.
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.
Here are some helpful links:
What ACF certification means to an employer
Applications (application links are located about 2/3 of the way down on the ACF National Website Download Page)
Required course options:
- Any accredited school
- Continuing Education Hours
- Approved Continuing Educational Hours
- Comira (for the written exams)
Taking the practical exam
Continuing Education HoursTo 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 HoursTo 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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