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Become an Apprentice

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction and requires no previous experience to enroll. Here are some benefits of enrolling in an ACFEF apprenticeship program:

  • Participate in an “earn while you learn” approach
  • Receive mentoring from qualified professional chefs
  • Develop documented culinary skills that are transferable within the industry
    • Learn and master cooking and baking skills by rotating through different stations
    • Develop basic principles of nutrition and dietetics
    • Understand the requirements for proper food handling, sanitation and hygiene
    • Gain an understanding of management and supervisory knowledge in preparation for a progressive career in the culinary industry
  • Acquire a professional work ethic necessary for success in the hospitality industry
  • Prepare apprentices for ACF professional Certified Culinarian®, Certified Pastry Culinarian®, Certified Sous Chef® and Certified Working Pastry Chef® certification testing

What Types of Programs are Available?

Two Year Program

4,000 hour hands-on program that encompasses 150 logbook entries approved by a supervising chef at the assigned facility, or “sponsoring house,” and 445 related instruction hours covering ten concentration areas. More

Three Year Program

6,000 hour hands-on program that encompasses 150 logbook entries approved by a supervising chef at the assigned facility, or “sponsoring house,” and 445 related instruction hours covering ten concentration areas. More

Culinary Skills Fundamentals Program

A 1,000 hour or more educational and hands-on training program covering basic skills needed to begin a culinary career. More

Joining an Apprenticeship Program

Find a program and contact the program coordinator of the apprenticeship program you are interested in joining. For more information, visit FAQ page, email apprenticeship@acfchefs.net or call (800) 624-9458, ext. 117.