LaserGrade Testing Spells Convenience
St. Augustine, Fla., April 3, 2002—A new
agreement between the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and LaserGrade
benefits ACF members who take tests as part of the certification
process. Certification applicants can take LaserGrade’s
computer-based tests at convenient times and at locations close to their
homes or workplaces. Testing takes about an hour.
From its headquarters near Portland, Ore., LaserGrade transmits
licensing exams to 700 testing centers nationwide and currently delivers
about 300,000 exams per year through its testing network. Secure and
supervised testing centers are located at colleges, training schools,
and certification-related locations.
“LaserGrade is a customer service oriented company whose
mission is to create a streamlined approach to certification testing for
the ease and convenience of our members,” said Michael Baskette,
CEC, CCE, AAC, ACF director of operations. “Also, ACF can send out
tests to individual proctors in the case of a member or potential
certification applicant who has trouble with reading or writing in
English and those with other learning challenges.”
An ACF certification after a chef’s or cook’s name
indicates that the individual has a high level of professional
commitment and expertise. ACF certification provides education in
nutritional cooking, effective management, and key sanitation and safety
issues, and implies that certain professional standards will be met.
Certification can offer more opportunities for promotions and
advancement within organizations and a competitive advantage when
applying for positions.
ACF’s certification tests have been completely revised and
updated using modern information and technologies. ACF certifications
available through LaserGrade are chef de cuisine, culinarian, culinary
educator, executive chef, executive pastry chef, pastry culinarian,
working pastry chef, and sous chef. The price per test is $75.
LaserGrade will issue acknowledgment letters to test takers of their
scores, which will be submitted to ACF for use in the certification
LaserGrade is one of only two computer-based testing companies in the
world authorized to administer Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Airman Knowledge tests. In addition to the FAA and ACF, other
organizations using LaserGrade tests include the Federal Communications
Commission, National Boards of Pharmacy, National Registry of Food
Safety Professionals, and the National Restaurant Association.
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The American Culinary Federation, Inc., a professional,
not-for-profit organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 in
New York City by three chefs organizations: the Société
Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club, and the Chefs Association of
America. The principal goal of the founding chefs remains true to the
ACF today—to promote the professional image of American chefs
worldwide through education among culinarians at all levels, from
apprentices to the most accomplished Certified Master Chefs.