How do I get started? Relevant culinary work history must be within the last 10 years. Work Experience >Cook/Culinarian
>Chef de Cuisine
>Executive Chef Based on your work experience & educational background
determine your certification level Depending on your educational path:
Some College/Higher Education
Bachelor's Degree Educational Background If you have not taken these courses. We can assist you in finding a suitable course provider.
If you have taken these courses they must be current, no more than five years old.
If they are older than 5 years, an 8-hour refresher course is required (per topic). Your years of industry experience including job requirements/duties will help you determine the right certification level for you. As well as your overall responsibility and/or supervision. Levels: Submit Initial Certification Application Diplomas, transcripts, certificates of completion (including date, course title and hours)
3 Mandatory courses in Food Safety and Sanitation, Nutrition, and Supervisory Management:
30-hour course documentation
Refreshers if applicable $50.00 non refundable pre-approval application fee, submitted with the initial application. Employment documentation form(s) or letters from past or present employers on company letterhead attesting to your employment, job title, duties and number of employees managed, if applicable Proof of Experience: Complete initial application and include all the necessary documentation. Educational Requirements You are required to take and/or show that you have taken the three 30-hour courses in: Nutrition, Food Safety and Sanitation, and Supervisory Management. You may or may not have to show additional course work or hours (continuing education hours or CEH), it will depend on your transcripts or school records. Demonstrate your culinary skills, knowledge and competencies through a written exam and practical exam. Certification Examinations Written Exam Practical Exam Tests are held at Comira site. There are over 500 testing centers nationwide.
Fee is $75.
Exam scores are valid for two years.
100 multiple choice questions
Each exam has recommended reading material and a practice test bank available for purchase. Exams site are available throughout the country.
Fee is $50 for ACF members and $100 for non-members
Your will be evaluated on your Safety and Sanitation Skills, Organization Skills, Craftsmanship Skills and Finished Product Skills.
Exam scored are valid for one year
Each exam has a candidate manual with specific requirements. It is recommended you practice, practice, practice. After successfully passing both written and practical exam submit passing forms and final application fee. Submit Final Application You will receive your certification card, level specific and a certificate. Your certification is valid for 5 years. We encourage you to start studying, practicing and preparing now for your exams. Once you are pre-approved you are ready for testing. ACF Certification Two Step Application Process >Pastry Culinarian
>Working Pastry Chef
>Executive Pastry ChefSee the full transcript