Information on the 14 certification designations offered by the ACF.
For candidates interested in beginning her or his ACF certification process or continuing the
certification process to a new certification level.
For candidates needing to recertify to maintain current certification level.
Find information on ACF written and practical testing locations.
Certification information for culinary professionals nearing retirement.
eCulinary website offering online educational opportunities such as monthly quizzes to earn educational credit. Practice certification tests, certification prep courses, and apprenticeship courses
Online source for initial 30-hour courses and 8-hour refresher courses in Food safety and
Sanitation, Nutrition, and Supervisory Management. Also, offers culinary educator courses and other continuing education courses.
Online source for initial 30-hour courses and 8-hour refresher courses in Food safety and Sanitation, Nutrition, and Supervisory Management.
Information on how to earn ACF continuing education hours for
To obtain ACF certification resources, applications, and handbooks.
Eligibility is based on a chef’s work experience and educational background. Review the certification levels available and the specific requirements.
Documentation of Education
A candidate can take a variety of educational paths to meet the education requirement. Hours earned for mandatory courses and/or refreshers can be counted towards hours required for continuing education (CEHs).
Completion of Mandatory Education Courses
Candidates should provide documentation of three 30-hour courses–one in Nutrition, one in Food Safety and Sanitation, and one in Supervisory Management. (ServSafe must be a documented 30-hour course to fulfill the mandatory requirement.)
1. If these courses were taken more than five years ago, an 8-hour refresher course is required in each topic.
These courses are available online at Chefcertification.com, 123CE.com, or may be taken at a school or another authorized source. (ServSafe 8- or 16-hour courses are only counted as a refresher.)
Documentation of Work History
A candidate’s eligible work history is limited to the past 10 years
Complete the initial application and include all the necessary documentation.
Educational documents may be copies of diplomas, transcripts, certificates of completion (including date and hours), etc.
Experience documentation may be employment documentation forms or letters from past or present employers on company letterhead. If not available, copies of tax records or W-2 stating time frame of work are acceptable in conjunction with validated letters from former culinary peers attesting to your employment, job title, duties and number of employees managed.
Mandatory education course certificates and/or transcripts should be included in application. These should include course title, completion date and number of hours earned.
Certificates of completion for 30-hour courses and refreshers if applicable:
Initial Pre-Approval Fee and Final Application Fee
Candidates interested in obtaining certification will pay a $50.00 non refundable pre-approval application fee, submitted with the initial application. This fee is credited to the certification fee depending on member and nonmember
rate. The remaining funds are due at time of final application. Estimated Cost of Certification.
ACF Will Notify Candidates of Eligibility
The ACF Certification Department will review applications and documentation (i.e., dates of completion, work history and mandatory course work). You will be notified initial application is in review and again upon approval. Once the
candidate’s initial application has been approved he or she will be eligible to take the written and practical exams. Testing documentation will be needed for final certification approval. Only after pre-approval may a candidate register for the written or practical exam
There are two exams required for certification. You must register, take, and successfully pass both the written and the practical exam.
1. The written exam tests culinary knowledge.
2. The practical exam evaluates skill and culinary proficiency.
Upon successful completion of the written and practical exams, the candidate should submit final application along with appropriate documentation:
written and practical exam passing forms and remaining certification fee.
Make sure copies of all back-up documentation, (no originals) are included.
To register to take the practical exam for your ACF certification, complete the Practical Exam Candidate Registration Form and return it to the ACF national office. You may be exempt from taking the practical exam if awarded a Gold or Silver Medal in either an ACF F-4 or FMH Mystery Basket for savory and PF1 for pastry with a 2015 to present date. Documentation required.
To register, contact Comira to schedule your written exam. Comira is a full-service, customer-focused testing provider with over 500 testing centers nationwide. You can register with Comira by phone by calling (800) 947-4228, option 4, Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and Sat. 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, or via the ACF/Comira Online Registration Site.
1. The written exam fee is $75 and should be paid directly to Comira.
2. Comira has a 24 hour cancellation policy.
3. Please note that you must have a credit card to register online.
4. An ACF number is required at time of registration. To request an ACF identification number, contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to registration.
5. Written exam scores are valid for two years.
Comira Testing Site Location:
Fort Myers: Paragon Flight Center
511 Danley Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33907 | (239) 274-3170
The test fee due to ACF is $50 for ACF members and $100 for non-members. Payment must be made prior to the exam date. You will receive a receipt after your payment is processed.
In addition, you must contact the test administration to confirm test time, host site fee and specific details about the testing facility. Test sites may charge an additional host site fee that is payable to the organization hosting the exam.
Payment for any host site fees are separate from the amount due to ACF and are coordinated by the test site administrator.
22801 Oakwilde Blvd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135-2051
Richard Crisanti, CEC, CCA - email@example.com
26660 Country Club Dr, Bonita Springs, FL 34134-4398
Richard Brumm, CEC - firstname.lastname@example.org
2801 Wulfert Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957-2215
Derek Bryner, CSC - email@example.com
6151 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240-8419
Brian Knecht, CEC, CCA, AAC - firstname.lastname@example.org
ACF recertification is required every five years. We recommend you maintain a folder with copies of your official certificates and letters, conference registrations, transcripts, etc. in order to keep track of your progress. And you can
scan the CEH and email them to email@example.com. CEH’s from non-automated ACF sources (conferences and conventions) can be mailed:
Upon approval, these CEHs will be added to your official record. If you scan and email, please include only one CEH activity per PDF document. Documentation for CEHs must be official communication from an authorizing representative and include 1) type of activity, 2) description of activity if not self-explanatory, 3) date of activity and 4) number of hours earned. Please allow six weeks for activities to be added to your record.
Step 1: Fill out a Recertification Application.
Step 2: Provide the necessary documentation for your Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).
1. They must include the number of hours taken and the date it was completed. Do not send original certificates and properly secure all paperwork together.
2. On your first recertification, you are required to take 8-hour refresher courses for Food Safety and Sanitation, Nutrition, and Culinary Supervisory Management as part of your 80 CEHs in five years for all levels above the CC®/CPC® levels and 48 CEHs in 3 years for CC®/CPC® levels. They are available at Chefcertification.com and 123CE.com.
3. On your second or subsequent recertification’s, you are only required to complete an 8-hour refresher in Food Safety and Sanitation as part of your 80 CEHs in five years for all levels above the CC®/CPC® levels and 48 CEHs in 3 years for CC®/CPC® levels.
Step 3: Include payment either by credit card information on the application or a check or money order made payable to the American Culinary Federation.
The CEH requirement for chefs with multiple designations has changed from 80 hours per designation to 80 hours for the first designation, 40 hours for the second designation and 20 hours for each subsequent designation thereafter.
For CC®/CPC® certifications, the first designation is 48 CEHs and the second is 24 CEHs.
ACF offers Lifetime Certifications to recognize chefs who have demonstrated a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the culinary profession. Lifetime certificants are great leaders in our industry and encourage and motivate others to achieve excellence in the profession.
Lifetime certifications are available for certified chefs who reach the age of 62 or who by the age of 55 are fully retired from the industry. Certified chefs who retire before reaching the age of 55 for disability reasons can also apply.
Please complete a Lifetime Certification Application.