National Commission of Certifying Agencies Accredited Program Certified Culinary Educator® (CCE®)


Education Requirements:
One of the following:

  • Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts
  • Bachelor Degree in any discipline

Additional Education Requirements:
120 hours of Education Development with a minimum of eight hours in the following subjects:

  • Curriculum Planning & Development
  • Evaluation & Training
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Educational Psychology

Mandatory Course Requirement: Three 30 hour courses in each of the following: Nutrition, Food Safety & Sanitation and Supervisory Management. 8 hour refresher courses required for courses older than five years. Courses are available through ACF approved providers or any academic institution.

Work Experience Requirement: Two years as a Chef de Cuisine or Working Pastry Chef. Must have supervised at least 2 full-time people in the preparation of food. Industry work experience must be within the past 10 years prior to employment as a culinary instructor.

Additional Work Experience Requirement: 1,200 postsecondary teaching contact hours are required. Teaching hours must be within the past ten years.

Additional Requirements:: Classroom Video Demonstration.

Exam Requirement: Successful completion of written and practical exams. If current CCC®, CWPC®, CEC® or CEPC® who has taken a practical exam, no practical exam is required.

Application Process

There are three steps in the application process:

Step 1
Initial Pre-Approval Application

Submit Initial Pre-approval application with proof of education, required courses and work experience. Employment verification can be submitted on the Employment Documentation Form or employer letterhead. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing applications.

Step 2
Schedule Written & Practical Exams

Upon receiving approval for the Initial Pre-approval application, you are eligible to schedule your written and practical exams. Please visit the written exam and practical exam pages for scheduling information.

Step 3
Final Application

After successful completion of the written and practical exams, submit the Final application with exam pass sheets, Classroom Video Demonstration and application fee. Please allow 6 weeks for processing. Upon approval, certificate will be mailed.

All applications, video and exam preparation information can be found in the Certified Culinary Educator® Candidate Handbook.

Recertification Information

CCE® Certification requires renewal every five years. For more information, visit the recertification page.


Fee Type
Member Estimated Costs
Non-Member Estimated Costs
Initial Application
Written Exam
Practical Exam
Final Application

CCE Certificant Bulletin - 2017

Have questions or need more information? Contact the ACF Certification Department.