For over 45 years, the ACF has been the premier certifying body for cooks and chefs in America. The ACF Certification program offers 15 certification levels to make the chef a more valuable candidate for hiring and promotion, which can help increase his or her salary. Culinarians achieve certification based on education, experience, and successful completion of written and practical exams. The ACF’s certification program is the only culinary program with stackable credentials and is recognized throughout the industry as the standard for excellence in professional skills and knowledge.

Read the announcement from ACF Certification Chair John Schopp, CEC, CEPC, CCE, CCA, AAC to learn about the positive changes the ACF Certification Commission is implementing to make earning certification more achievable while maintaining integrity and value.

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Certifications require a written and a practical exam. Click here to register for an ACF exam or learn more about certification exams.

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