ACF Certification Commission

The ACF Certification Commission works hard to add value and credibility to ACF certifications. The Commission was formed to guide and strengthen the certification program.

Certification Commission Mission Statement

“The American Culinary Federation Certification Commission, being an autonomous entity within the ACF, is committed to developing, implementing and monitoring a validated process of globally recognized certifications based on skills, knowledge, integrity and equality through an achievable process for all culinary professionals.”

Commission Composition

The Certification Commission is comprised of professionals with diverse experience. Commission members hold different levels of ACF certification. Meet the Commission.

Guiding Documents


Commission Updates

The ACF Certification Commission met in Livonia, MI at the main office on March 1, 2019 to discuss actions related to certification levels, including the following:

  • 2018 in Review
  • CMC Exam Details (new exam model)
  • CMPC Exam development
  • CC exams in Spanish
  • Fee Structures
  • CEPC Work Experience
  • Emeritus Status
  • Recertification CEH Requirements
  • CFC Exams

In addition, the Commission brainstorms ways to reach out to students, personal chefs, pastry chefs, partner groups, and chefs who should upgrade rather than recertify. The meeting has produced some large changes that will be coming soon. Be on the lookout for these changes beginning in the summer months.

Contact the Certification Commission

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