Secondary Certification


The ACFEFAC certifies secondary culinary arts and baking and pastry programs defined as those awarding certificates and diplomas in the culinary arts and baking and pastry arts.

Certification Application Package

You can order the initial certification application package by completing our Accreditation Information Inquiry form or by calling the Accreditation Department at (800) 624-9458.

The initial application package includes the following:

  • Application
  • Accreditation Standards
  • Fee Schedule

New Program Application

Programs seeking an initial grant of program certification or instituting a new program and seeking a grant of program certification require a new program application.

Initial Self-Study Review*

Programs seeking initial certification or certification for a new program require a self-study.

Renewal Self-Study Review*

Programs seeking a renewal of certification require a self-study.

* After an institution completes a self-study of its program, a site visit is conducted by a team of approved ACFEFAC evaluators.

Certified Fundamentals Cook (CFC) and Certified Fundamentals Pastry Cook (CFPC)

Graduates of ACFEF Secondary Certified Programs are eligible to test and apply for the CFC or CFPC certification. Program coordinators: Please review the PDF Graduation and Certification Requirements Flyer and PDF Certified Fundamentals Cook (CFC) and PDF Certified Fundamentals Pastry Cook (CFPC) applications.

A list of Materials, Tools and Supplies is available for the CFC and CFPC testing as well as an Instructor Prep Pack and a CFC and CFPC Customized Assessment Blueprint.