Certified Fundamentals Cook™

Requirements | Application | Written and Performance Exam | NOCTI Study Materials | Recertification


  • Minimum Job Reqirements: No experience required.
  • Minimum Educational Requirements: High school diploma/GED. If you do not have a high school diploma/GED, 75 hours of continuing education are required. Hours earned for mandatory courses and/or refreshers are included in the minimum CEH requirement.

In addition to the requirements listed above, you must provide documentation of two 30-hour courses-one in Nutrition and one in Food Safety and Sanitation. These courses are available through ACF approved providers or any academic institution. Note: The ServSafe certificate may only be used to meet your sanitation refresher requirement.

Written and Performance Exams

  • Complete your written and performance exams through NOCTI testing.
    • ACF Culinary Arts Certification Written and Performance exams

The purpose of the certification examinations is to assess and objectively measure the knowledge and skills of a candidate to determine if they meet ACF standards. The ACF has teamed up with NOCTI to administer the Certified Fundamentals Cook™ (CFC™) exams. A passing score of 70% for written and 75% for performance are required.

Contact ACF for further information regarding exams.


Upon successful completion of the NOCTI assessments, the candidate should submit application, along with education documentation, NOCTI assessment results, and certification fee. Make sure all back-up documentation, copies only (no originals), are included.

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS: Please contact the ACF National Office for multiple student applications and instructions relating to certification for your students.

Submit application and documentation of requirements to ACF for approval by:

E-mail (preferred): certify@acfchefs.net
Fax: (904) 940-0742
Mail to: American Culinary Federation, Inc.
Certification Department
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095


Certification will expire in 3 years with no opportunity for recertification; however, we do encourage you to consider upgrading your certification at that point.

NOCTI Study Materials

NOCTI has available study materials, such as an exam blueprint for your review. They also have information about college credit and digital badge information that you may want to review. For more information, please see NOCTI/ACF Written and Performance assessment webpage.

Click here to contact the ACF Certification Department.