Certification Evaluators

Quick Guide

Certification Evaluator Handbook
Policy & Procedures for Certification Evaluators

Test Administrator Handbook
Policy & Procedures for all Practical Exam Administration

New Evaluator Application
Used to volunteer as an exam evaluator and request training

Certification Evaluator Training Registration Form
Used to register for training sessions

Apprentice Sign-In & Critique
Used to monitor apprentices

Approved Mentor Application
Used to apply as an ACF Certification Approved Mentor

Certification Evaluator Training Opportunities

New Certification Evaluator Training Dates: February 17, 2023, at 9 a.m.
Practical Exam for Apprentice Shadow Opportunity: April 18, 2023, at 7:30 a.m.
Location: Helms College
Address: 3145 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30907
Location of Seminar: Classroom #7
Parking: In front of building
Hotel Recommendations: Fairfield Inn & Suites Augusta on Washington Rd/I-20
Administrator: Polly Barrington
Certification Evaluator Trainer: Peter Vossenberg, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC

If you would like to sign up for this training, please send an email to certify@acfchefs.org.

New Certification Evaluator Training Dates: March 24, 2023, at 8:30 a.m.
Practical Exam for Apprentice Shadow Opportunity: March 25, 2023, at 7:00 a.m.
Location: Isle of Capri Conference Center
Address: 1777 Isle Pkwy, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Location of Seminar: Rivera Room in the Conference Center—enter through the Main Entrance
Parking: Parking deck by entrance
Administrator: Shawn Timmerman, CEC
Certification Evaluator Trainer: Scott Turley, CEC, AAC
Recommended Hotel: Isle of Capri Hotel and Conference Center will have a special room rate for ACF

If you would like to sign up for this training, please send an email to certify@acfchefs.org.

New Certification Evaluator Training Dates: March 31, 2023, at 9 a.m.
Practical Exam for Apprentice Shadow Opportunity: April 1, 2023, at 8 a.m.
Location: Paradise Valley High School
Address: 3950 E Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Location of Seminar: Culinary Building
Parking: At site
Administrator: Carlton Brooks, CEPC, CCE, AAC
Certification Evaluator Trainer: David Voelz, CEC, CWPC, CCA

If you would like to sign up for this training, please send an email to certify@acfchefs.org.

Becoming a Certification Evaluator

Certification Evaluators are an integral part of the ACF Certification process. Certification Evaluators have the responsibility to fairly evaluate candidates taking the practical exam. The following steps are required to become a Certification Evaluator:

  • Submit New Evaluator Application
  • Attend New Evaluator Training
  • Participate in three practical exams as an Apprentice Evaluator
  • Receive approval from ACF

Policies & Procedures

Certification Evaluators must adhere to the policies and procedures provided in the Certification Evaluator Handbook.

Maintaining Certification Evaluator Status

Certification Evaluators are responsible for complying with the following to maintain approved status:

  • Current ACF certification and membership.
  • Complete continuing education requirements necessary to maintain evaluator status including attending an online refresher (typically a 1.5 hour annual class).
  • Comply with continuing education requirements necessary to maintain volunteer status including attending an anti-harassment webinar (typically a 1-hour class once every two years) and any other requirements as set by the ACF.
  • Evaluate at least one practical exam every two calendar years.

Failure to comply with these requirements will render the evaluator status inactive until completion of an eight hour Training Seminar and all of the above requirements are met.

Becoming an Approved Mentor

Certification mentors are tasked with providing guidance and evaluating apprentice evaluators. To become an Approved Mentor, Certification Evaluators must meet the following requirements:

  • Certification Evaluator in good standing
  • Active Certification Evaluator for minimum of two years
  • Served as Test Administrator for two exams in the past five years
  • Evaluated both pastry and savory exams in the past five years
  • Evaluated at least two exams in pastry (with savory certification) or two savory exams (with pastry certification)
  • Successfully completed a CEC® or CEPC® practical exam
  • Submit Approved Mentor Application
  • The ACF certification team will review applications and will extend an invitation to a virtual interview with a member(s) of the ACF Certification Commission to those candidates that meet the qualifications
  • Training will take place during the ACF National Convention

Becoming a Certification Evaluator Trainer

Certification Trainers act at the request of the ACF Certification Commission Executive Committee. They are tasked with ensuring those who administer scoring and provide evaluations remain in compliance with current practices, policies, and procedures. Certification trainers may be tasked to present at workshops.

To become an Evaluator Trainer, Certification Evaluators must meet the following requirements:

  • Certification Evaluator in good standing
  • Active Certification Evaluator for minimum of five years
  • Submit Trainer Application
  • The ACF certification team will review applications and will extend an invitation to a virtual interview with a member(s) of the ACF Certification Commission to those candidates that meet the qualifications.
  • Training will take place during the ACF National Convention

Have questions or need more information? Contact the ACF Certification Department.

Mentor Evaluator Mentor Evaluators—Approved to coach candidates during the apprenticeship process.

Trainer Trainers—Approved to facilitate training sessions and coach candidates during the apprenticeship process.

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