Certified Executive Chef® (CEC®)
One of the following:
High School Diploma/GED plus 150 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)
250 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)
Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts
ACFEF Apprenticeship Program
Mandatory Course Requirement: Four 30 hour courses in each of the following: Nutrition, Food Safety & Sanitation, Supervisory Management and Cost Control Management. Courses completed more than five years ago (except Cost Control), also require an 8 hour refresher in each topic. Courses are available through ACF approved providers or any academic institution. Mandatory course requirements count toward CEH education requirements. Effective October 1, 2018, a 30 hour Beverage Management course will be required.
Work Experience Requirement: Five years as a Chef de Cuisine, Executive Sous Chef or Chef in charge of food production in a foodservice operation. Must have supervised at least five fulltime people in the preparation of food. Experience must be within the past ten years.
Exam Requirement: Successful completion of written and practical exams.
There are three steps in the application process:
Initial Pre-Approval Application
Submit Initial Pre-approval application with proof of education, 30 hour 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.
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.
After successful completion of the written and practical exams, submit the Final application with exam pass sheets and application fee. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing. Upon approval, certificate will be mailed.
All applications and exam preparation information can be found in the Certified Executive Chef Candidate Handbook.
CEC® Certification requires renewal every five years. For more information, visit the recertification page.
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Non-Member Estimated Costs
Have questions or need more information? Contact the ACF Certification Department.