ACF Recertification Information
Preparing for Recertification
ACF recertification is required every five years (except for CC® and CPC® which are required to recertify every three years). We recommend you maintain a folder with copies of your official certificates and letters, conference registrations, transcripts, etc. in order to keep track of your progress.
If you are upgrading your certification designation,
please fill out an Initial
Recertification application process
Step 1: Fill out a Recertification
Step 2: Provide the
necessary documentation for your Continuing
Education Hours (CEHs).
- They must include the title of the program, number of hours taken and the date it was completed. Do not send original certificates and properly secure all paperwork together.
- On your first recertification, you are required to take 8-hour
refresher courses for Food Safety and Sanitation, Nutrition, and
Culinary Supervisory Management as part of your 80 CEHs. These courses
are available through ACF
approved providers or any academic institution.
- On your second or subsequent recertifications, you are only required
to complete an 8-hour refresher in Food Safety and Sanitation as part of
your 80 CEHs.
Step 3: Include payment either by credit
card information on the application or with a check or money order made
payable to the American Culinary Federation. Recertification Fees
Scholarship Program is available to certified chefs who are working on
recertifying but are experiencing financial difficulties. Review
scholarship application requirements and criteria to see if you
qualify. Applications are due April 1, 2014, and scholarship awards
will be made by July 31, 2014. Scholarships will be awarded based on
availability of funds.
CEH Requirement for Multiple Certification Designations
The CEH requirement for chefs with multiple designation has changed
from 80 hours per designation to 80 hours for the first designation, 40
hours for the second designation and 20 hours for each subsequent
designation thereafter. (Example: Chef Jones currently holds a CEC, CCE,
CCA. When she is ready for recertification, she will need to complete 80
for her first certification, CEC, then 40 for her second, CCE, and 20
for her third, CCA, which will total 140 continuing education
Certified ACF Members: Track Your CEHs
ACF recertification requires professional development activities,
documented as CEH’s, which keep certified cooks and chefs current in
culinary trends and business practices. Certified ACF Members may now
submit additional CEHs obtained from other sources that can also count
toward your total for recertification. These hours can now be added and
tracked in your ACF member profile. Learn More
Lifetime Certifications Available
ACF offers Lifetime Certifications to recognize chefs who have
demonstrated a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the culinary
profession. Lifetime certificants are great leaders in our industry and
encourage and motivate others to achieve excellence in the profession.
Recertification After Expiration
The ACF recertification policy has provisions to allow chefs to recertify if their certification expiration date is 36 months in the past or less. If certification expiration date is longer than 37 months ago, candidates must certify based on all current eligibility and testing requirements.
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