Press Release

LaserGrade Testing Spells Convenience

LaserGrade Logo St. Augustine, Fla., April 3, 2002—A new agreement between the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and LaserGrade benefits ACF members who take tests as part of the certification process. Certification applicants can take LaserGrade’s computer-based tests at convenient times and at locations close to their homes or workplaces. Testing takes about an hour.

From its headquarters near Portland, Ore., LaserGrade transmits licensing exams to 700 testing centers nationwide and currently delivers about 300,000 exams per year through its testing network. Secure and supervised testing centers are located at colleges, training schools, and certification-related locations.

“LaserGrade is a customer service oriented company whose mission is to create a streamlined approach to certification testing for the ease and convenience of our members,” said Michael Baskette, CEC, CCE, AAC, ACF director of operations. “Also, ACF can send out tests to individual proctors in the case of a member or potential certification applicant who has trouble with reading or writing in English and those with other learning challenges.”

An ACF certification after a chef’s or cook’s name indicates that the individual has a high level of professional commitment and expertise. ACF certification provides education in nutritional cooking, effective management, and key sanitation and safety issues, and implies that certain professional standards will be met. Certification can offer more opportunities for promotions and advancement within organizations and a competitive advantage when applying for positions.

ACF’s certification tests have been completely revised and updated using modern information and technologies. ACF certifications available through LaserGrade are chef de cuisine, culinarian, culinary educator, executive chef, executive pastry chef, pastry culinarian, working pastry chef, and sous chef. The price per test is $75. LaserGrade will issue acknowledgment letters to test takers of their scores, which will be submitted to ACF for use in the certification process.

LaserGrade is one of only two computer-based testing companies in the world authorized to administer Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airman Knowledge tests. In addition to the FAA and ACF, other organizations using LaserGrade tests include the Federal Communications Commission, National Boards of Pharmacy, National Registry of Food Safety Professionals, and the National Restaurant Association.

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The American Culinary Federation, Inc., a professional, not-for-profit organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs organizations: the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club, and the Chefs Association of America. The principal goal of the founding chefs remains true to the ACF today—to promote the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education among culinarians at all levels, from apprentices to the most accomplished Certified Master Chefs.