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Pathway to

ACF Certification

The American Culinary Federation, Inc., is the premier professional chefs' organization in North America, with more than 230 chapters nationwide and 22,000 members.

ACF offers culinarians of all ages, skills levels and specialties the opportunity to further their careers, as well as enhance their lives.

The Latest in Industry Trends

ACF members are kept abreast of culinary trends through seminars and workshops at local, regional and national events; The National Culinary Review, ACF’s monthly flagship magazine; The Culinary Insider e-newsletter; collateral; and the ACF Web site.

Career Recognition

Accreditation for Culinary Education

Honor Society

The American Academy of Chefs (AAC) represents the highest standards and professionalism within the culinary industry. AAC ensures the future of the industry through mentoring and scholarship programs available to professionals and students.

Representation in Culinary Competitions

ACF Culinary Team USA represents the United States in multiple prestigious national and international competitions.

Access to a Million-Member Intercontinental Society

World Association of Chefs Society (WACS) is a global network comprised of 75 official chefs associations. Every ACF member is simultaneously enrolled in WACS.

acf membership
ACF Membership

ACF brings together those who love food, from the professional culinarian looking to build skills and a strong résumé to the foodservice corporation wanting to develop contacts and the avid foodie who embraces the culinary culture.

ACF has something for everyone with its varied membership levels.

why certify
Why Certify

Certification Affirms Skills

For the chef, the chef’s employer and the employer’s associates

Certification Raises the Bar for the Profession

Certification Provides a Clear Career Path

Certification Validates the Culinary Industry

Recertify every 5 years to retain certification

value of certification
Value of Certification

The ACF Certification Commission is working hard to add value and credibility to

ACF certifications. The Commission was formed in 2008, to guide and strengthen

the certification program through an accreditation process.

To Candidates: 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. Encourages elevation of culinary

career path/position.

To Employers: It shows that a Cook or Chef has reached a benchmark

of skills and culinary experience with high standards for food preparation.

A knowledge of culinary nutrition, food safety and sanitation as well as

supervisory management. The candidate is in control of their professional

development and career. Increased quality with knowledge and motivation passed

on to other staff.

To Client/Customer/Public: Reassures consumers that the food they eat is

prepared to the highest standard.

acf certification
ACF Certification

Open to chefs, cooks, bakers, culinary educators and administrators, ACF offers 14 different certification designations.

Certification is designed to ascertain and prove:

Level of education

Work experience

Professional knowledge

Culinary skill sets

education and work experience
Education and Work Experience

Candidate must provide documentation of educational degrees and continuing education hours for certification.

ACF will confirm all documented degrees, transcripts, certificates and CEHs.

Candidate must supply work history for certification.

ACF will validate all documented employment.

Within the last 10 years

mandatory courses
Mandatory Courses

Required Classes for all Levels of ACF Certification

30 hours of Nutrition

30 hours of Food Safety and Sanitation

30 hours of Supervisory Management **

**PCC/PCEC alternate requirement in Business Management

Classes can be taken in conjunction with a college degree or taken through other educational providers

The above required classes will count towards continuing education hours required by corresponding educational requirements

Refresher classes are necessary if the 30-hour initial courses were taken more than five years ago.

keys to certification success
Practice and prepare

Plan ahead

Find a mentor and/or become a mentor


Practice, Practice, Practice

Keys to Certification Success

“A high-quality method to acquire skills while learning by doing, and, at the same time, exploring the opportunities which exist within the culinary profession.”

certification written exam
Certification Written Exam

The written exam may be taken at any Comira test sites (800-947-4228).

Scores are valid for two years.

The ACF Education Foundation offers:

Recommended study material, relevant to each certification level

Practice exams which can be purchased on eCulinary.

certification practical exam
Certification Practical Exam

The Practical Exam is a skill assessment for the specified level of certification.

Practical Testing Guide is available on the ACF Web site,

Exam must be taken at an ACF-approved test site and facilitated by three approved certification evaluators.

Sanitation is strictly monitored and can lead to the failure of the candidate at any time.

A Score of 75% or 75 points is required to pass.

recertification process
Recertification Process

ACF requires certification renewal every five years to remain current with present-day trends in the culinary industry.

80 continuing education hours (CEHs) are required.

CEH options are listed in next slide.

Required Courses: Nutrition, Sanitation/Safety and Supervisory Management courses must be refreshed through completion of 8 hour refresher for each area.


Competitions play a vital role in culinary arts as they

continually raise the standards of culinary excellence. There

is no better way for a culinarian to hone their craft than by

putting their skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive


Participation in ACF approved competitions will

also earn you continuing education hours for

certification or recertification.

Types of Competitions

ACF Approved Culinary Competition Judges

ACF Competition Calendar

Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl

Student Team

Culinary Team USA

american culinary federation 180 center place way st augustine fl 32095 www acfchefs org

American Culinary Federation180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL

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certification levels for personal cooking professionals
Certification Levels for Personal Cooking Professionals

Personal Certified Chef (PCC): A chef who is engaged in the preparation, cooking and serving of foods on a cook-for-hire basis. Must also have knowledge of menu planning, marketing, financial management and operational decision- making. The chef must have at least three years of cooking experience and one year of personal-chef experience.

Personal Certified Executive Chef (PCEC): An advanced chef who is engaged in the preparation, cooking and serving of foods on a cook-for-hire basis. Must also have knowledge of menu planning, marketing, financial management and operational decision- making. The chef must have at least three years of personal-chef experience.