National Commission of Certifying Agencies Accredited Program Certified Executive Pastry Chef® (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: Four 30 hour courses in each of the following: Nutrition, Food Safety & Sanitation, Supervisory Management and Cost Control Management. Courses completed more than five years ago (except Cost Control), 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. Effective October 1, 2018, a 30 hour Beverage Management course will be required.

Work experience Requirement: Five years as a Pastry Chef in charge of pastry production in a foodservice operation. Must have supervised at least three fulltime people in the preparation of food. Experience must be within the past ten years.

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 and work experience. 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.

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.

All applications and exam preparation information can be found in the Certified Executive Pastry Chef Candidate Handbook.

Recertification Information

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

Fees

Fee Type
Member Estimated Costs
Non-Member Estimated Costs
Initial Application
$50
$100
Written Exam
$75
$75
Practical Exam
$50
$100
Final Application
$160
$260

CEPC Certificant Bulletin - 2017

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