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The success of apprenticeship comes from the commitment made by industry, educational institutions and the American Culinary Federation (local and national), each of which is responsible for the delivery of a quality training program:

  • Grow chapter membership through apprenticeship
  • Develop connection between industry and educational institutes to meet the growing needs of the culinary industry
  • Increase staff retention as apprentices become committed and loyal employees
  • Trained staff to industry standards and your unique workplace conditions
  • Learn while teaching by recalling and demonstrating culinary techniques
  • Satisfaction of mentorship to see apprentice graduate and embark on a successful culinary career

Starting an ACFEF Apprenticeship Program

Step 1: Determine which model and program type is best suited for your organization.

  • The model determines how the program is administered and includes chapter, educational institute, major employer and corporate. More
  • The program type outlines how long the program will be and includes 4,000 hour (two-year), 6,000 hour (three-year) and hybrid. More

Step 2: Decide where the apprentice will be working (sponsoring house) and how best to deliver the related instruction: college classroom, qualified in-house instructor, or online.

Step 3 (optional): ACFEF is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and acts as an umbrella to apprenticeship programs. This allows new programs to skip the step of registering with the DOL to become a program. However, apprentices will not receive a Journeyman’s card. If you are interested in registering your program with the DOL, please contact your state’s DOL apprenticeship department:

Step 4: Review program fees and apply to become a program with ACFEF by completing the PDF application form.

Step 5: Schedule a site visit to your program during the first year by contacting us at or (800) 624-9458.

Step 6: Recruit apprentices for your program and assign supervising chefs. ACFEF programs will be listed on the ACFEF Apprenticeship Programs page with links to your website and contact information. Inquiries will be forwarded to program coordinator based on location request.

Step 7: Monitor the program through the Apprenticeship Portal for seamless communication between apprentices, chefs and program coordinators. Supervisors can approve logbook entries and provide feedback. Reports offer program overviews for coordinators.

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at or call us at (800) 624-9458.

Get Our New Apprenticeship Training Modules and Book

The ACFEF Apprenticeship Program recently partnered with American Technical Publishers to create National Apprenticeship Training Program for Cooks. The educational resource is available in 10 individual modules or a complete book. More