Take 16 CEHs Every Year to Recertify!
Certified culinarians and chefs need to plan ahead regarding their educational goals so that timing and funding can be budgeted accordingly. Goals should be shared with your employer who may consider offering or paying for professional development. Take 16 CEHs every year to achieve your educational goals faster and make recertification easier.
Recertify up to one year ahead but not later than your recertification deadline:
- Step 1, Complete Application
- Step 2, Provide CEH Documentation
- Step 3, Provide Payment
Required CEHs & Documentation
All hours must be documented within 5 years with name of attendee, program, and sponsoring company, date of attendance, and number of CEHs earned. If any of this information is not included, please provide a copy of the program or other supporting documents.
- For CC® and CPC® - 48 CEHs within 3 years
- For all other levels - 80 CEHs within 5 years
Total CEHs must include an 8-hour refresher in safety and sanitation every time. (State issued sanitation card or ServSafe will count as this requirement.) Nutrition and supervision refreshers (minimum of 8 hours each) are due only on the first recertification.
Why is Recertification Required?
The purpose of recertification is to enhance the continued competence and to reaffirm knowledge in food safety and sanitation, nutrition, and supervisory management. Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) are provided for learning experiences that enhance the knowledge and skill development of culinary arts professionals. For CC® and CPC®, who have an accelerated learning curve, there is a three-year recertification cycle. For all other levels, the recertification timeframe is every five years. As the culinary industry focuses on core knowledge and skills and is not directly tied to fast-changing technological advances, a five-year recertification timeframe was deemed appropriate for chefs.
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