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

Application Process

Applications vary regarding institutional programming. Please choose the application that best describes your institution.

Want to learn more? Complete our Accreditation Information Inquiry form to receive an information packet.

See What Programs Have Been Accredited

Site Visits

View ACFEF’s scheduled site visits.

Accreditation Commission Meeting

The ACFEF Accreditation Commission met in Las Vegas for their 2013 biannual meeting.

Accrediting Commission members and ACF staff
Dana Baldwin, ACFEF Accreditation Assistant; Bruce Davis, Candice Childers, ACFEF Director of Accreditation; Paul Santaularia, CEC, CCE; Brian Peffley, CEPC, CCE; Wes Goodman; Wendy Laino, ACFEF Accreditation Manager; Bryan Frick, CEC; Chris Koetke, MBA, CEC, CCE ; Chris Plemmons, CEC; Jim Taylor, CEC, CCE

Promotional Kits

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

ACFEF Accreditation Newsletter

View the latest ACFEF Accreditation newsletters.

Accredited Program Annual Reports

Programs with June expiration dates have May 1 annual report deadlines, and programs with December expiration dates have November 1 annual report deadlines. A late fee of $250 will be imposed for annual reports received after the deadline.


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