Certified Fundamentals Cook® (CFC®)
ACFEF Accredited Secondary/Post-Secondary Programs, please visit the students page.
One of the following:
High School Diploma/GED
75 Continuing Education Hours
Mandatory Course Requirement: Two 30 hour courses in each of the following: Nutrition and Food Safety & Sanitation. Courses are available through ACF approved providers or any academic institution.
Work experience Requirement: No experience required
Exam Requirement: Successful completion of written and performance exams administered through NOCTI.
Written and Performance Exam Information
The written and performance exam are administered through NOCTI. Exam information and study materials are available on the NOCTI webpage.
Applicants must submit Individual CFC® Certification application with education documentation, NOCTI assessment results and application fee. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
High School Program Administrators submitting multiple students, please use the Group CFC™ Certification application.
There are no recertification requirements for the CFC® Certification. The certification will only be valid for 3 years.
Upgrade to a Higher Certification Level
Depending on education and experience, CFC® certificants may be eligible to upgrade to the Certified Culinarian® Certification (CC®).
Have questions or need more information? Contact the ACF Certification Department.