Public Comments Accreditation for Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Programs

Academic Quality

Accreditation by American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services.

Benefits of Accreditation

  • Creates public trust by ensuring
    • Established standards
    • Accountability and credibility
    • High level of professionalism
    • Up-to-date and current practices
  • Marketing tool for recruiting students
  • ACFEF accreditation acts as a third party endorser for federal funding

ACFEFAC is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Learn More

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Site Visits

View ACFEF’s scheduled site visits.

Site Visit Best Practices

Annual Reports

  1. Annual Reports are required to be submitted by all ACFEF Postsecondary Accredited / Secondary Certified programs between January 1 and May 1 each year.
    Note: You will be exempt from submitting an Annual Report during the year in which you are scheduled for a Site Visit, as this information will be contained in your Self Study and be reviewed during the Site Visit.
  2. Follows these steps to process your Annual Report:

    a. Complete the Annual Report and Professional Development Report document templates, using the links below.


    b. Save the documents including your school name in the file name to be emailed.
        Example: Annual Report Bishop State Community College. Abbreviate school name if necessary.

    c.  Email the completed documents and exhibits to
         Note: As a part of our "Going Green" initiative, we will not be accepting mailed hard copies of
        Annual Reports.

  3. Your Annual Report will be reviewed and you will be notified of the status. Any pending issues must come into compliance by June.
  4. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Accreditation Department at (800) 624-9458. Thank you very much!

Accreditation Commission Meeting

The ACFEF Accreditation Commission convened in Indianapolis, Indiana, for their July 2016 meeting.

Accrediting Commission members and ACF staff
From left to right: Lori Weber, Dana Baldwin, Michael Harants, Peter Freuler, Cindy Komarinski, Michael Carmel, Christopher Koetke, Cincy Cannon, Gene Fritz, Bryan Frick, Tom Capretta, Kris Shugart, Brian Peffley

The ACFEF Accrediting Commission Secondary Certification Subcommittee convened in Indianapolis, Indiana, for their July 2016 meeting.

Accrediting Commission members and ACF staff
From left to right: Brain Peffley, Wes Goodman, Michael Carmel, George Dennis, Christopher Plemmons, Bruce Davis, Kris Shugart, Lori Weber, Dana Baldwin

Promotional Kits

ACFEF accredited programs may purchase promotional banners and table runners bearing the ACFEF and school logos. Order Form

ACFEF Accrediting Commission actions and schools responses

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