Certified Sous Chef® (CSC®)
One of the following:
- High School Diploma/GED
- 150 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)
- ACFEF Culinary Arts Program Certificate
- Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts
- ACFEF Apprenticeship Program
Mandatory Course Requirement: Three 30 hour courses in each of the following: Nutrition, Food Safety & Sanitation and Supervisory Management. Courses completed more than five years ago, also require an eight 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: Five years entry level culinary experience. Four years entry level experience is required of candidates with a one year ACFEF Culinary Arts Program Certificate or three years with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. Experience must be within the past ten years.
Exam Requirement: Successful completion of written and practical exams.
There are three steps in the application process:
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.
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.
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 Sous Chef Candidate Handbook.
CSC® Certification requires renewal every five years. For more information, visit the recertification page.
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Have questions or need more information? Contact the ACF Certification Department.