Certified Culinary Administrator® (CCA®)


ACF Certification Requirement: Current CCC, CEC, CEPC

Education Requirements:
One of the following:

High School Diploma/GED plus 150 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)
250 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)
Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts
ACFEF Apprenticeship Program
Mandatory Course Requirement: Five 30 hour courses in each of the following: Nutrition, Food Safety & Sanitation, Supervisory Management, Advanced Sanitation (HACCP) and Human Resource Management. Courses completed more than five years ago (except Advanced Sanitation and HR Management), also require an 8 hour refresher in each topic. Courses are available through ACF approved providers or any academic institution. Mandatory courses count toward CEH education requirement.
Work experience Requirement: Three years as an Executive Chef with fiscal responsibility over food service operations. Must have supervised at least three full-time people. Experience must be within the past 10 years.
Additional Requirement:
Written Narrative: A 400 (minimum) typed word narrative detailing your job duties and responsibilities, particularly as they relate to administrative and fiscal responsibilities. Sample Narrative.
Exam Requirement: Successful completion of written and practical exams.

Application Process

There are three steps in the application process:

Step 1
Initial Pre-Approval Application

Submit Initial Pre-approval application with proof of education, 30 hour courses, work experience, and typed narrative. Employment verification can be submitted on the Employment Documentation Form or employer letterhead. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing applications.

Step 2
Schedule Written & Practical Exams

Upon receiving approval for the Initial Pre-approval application, you are eligible to schedule your written and practical exams. Please visit the written exam and practical exam pages for scheduling information. For assistance in preparing for the written and practical exams, review the CCA® Written Exam Make-up.

Step 3
Final Application

After successful completion of the written and practical exams, submit the Final application with exam pass sheets and application fee. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing. Upon approval, certificate will be mailed.

Recertification Information

CCA® Certification requires renewal every five years. For more information, visit the recertification page.

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