Certifications & Competitions




    Rise above the competition by proving your skills. ACF certification proves culinary professionalism and can boost you to the next level of your career. More

    Continuing Education Hours

    Whether you're looking to earn continuing education hours for ACF Certification, or simply looking to further your culinary knowledge, find out how you can gain continuing education hours. More

    Online Education

    Prepare for ACF certification through eCulinary Professional Development Institute. eCulinary offers practice certification tests and prep courses along with monthly quizzes for continuing education hours. More

    Hands On Experience

    Gain valuable experience that can only be learned in the kitchen through ACF's apprenticeship program. More

    Visa Requests

    ACF recognizes that chefs from around the world come to the United States to showcase their extraordinary talents. As a consultative organization, the ACF can provide a written advisory opinion letter. More

    Be Recognized

    Recognition in the culinary industry can open the door to new career opportunities. Showcase your talent in one of our many competitions, or gain recognition with an ACF award.

    A new CEPC Written Exam will be implemented on August 1, 2011. Everyone taking the CEPC Written Exam on or after August 1 will take the new version of the CEPC exam. Chefs planning on taking the CEPC exam prior to Aug. 1, should make use of the current practice exams if interested.  New practice exams are available for chefs planning to take the exam on or after August 1.  

    Why is there a new CEPC exam and what is it like? 

    As many of you know, the Certification Commission performed a job analysis which resulted in a detailed list of the knowledge and skills needed by today's successful Certified Executive Pastry Chef.  The job analysis brings validity and value to ACF certifications. The exam is 100 multiple choice questions and candidates will have up to 1 ½ hours to complete. 

    How do CEPC candidates prepare for the New CEPC Exam?

    Practice Exams have been developed to reflect the same topics and weight as the actual exam.  These exams are an optional study tool and available at e-culinary. Reference material list is also listed on the CEPC Certification web page.

    Please contact the ACF Certification Department if you have any questions.  (800-624-9458)

    Warm Regards,


    Scott Parks, CC/Certification Manager

    American Culinary Federation/180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095   

    Phone: (904) 484-0250, Fax: (904) 940-0742

      Certification - Is what sets you apart from having a job as a chef to having a career as a professional chef.