Certified Secondary Culinary Educator® (CSCE®)

Education Requirements:
One of the following:

  • Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts
  • Bachelor Degree in any discipline and 30 hour course in Basic Food Prep

Additional Education Requirements:

120 hours of Education Development with a minimum of eight hours in the following subjects:
  • Curriculum Planning & Development
  • Evaluation & Training
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Educational Psychology

Mandatory Course Requirement: Three 30 hour courses in each of the following: Nutrition, Food Safety & Sanitation and Supervisory Management. 8 hour refresher courses required for courses older than five years. Courses are available through ACF approved providers or any academic institution.

Work Experience Requirement: 1,200 secondary or postsecondary teaching contact hours are required. Experience must be within the past 10 years.

Additional Requirements:: Classroom Video Demonstration. Review the CSCE® Culinary Video Demonstration Criteria.

Exam Requirement: Successful completion of written and practical exams. If current CCC®, CWPC®, CEC® or CEPC® who has taken a practical exam, no practical exam is required.

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, required 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 Exams & Submit Video Demonstration

Upon receiving approval for the Initial Pre-approval application, you are eligible to schedule your written and practical exams, as well as to submit your video demonstration for review by the Educator Video Review Team. Please visit the written exam and practical exam pages for scheduling information.

Video must be submitted to National Office with Video Review Submission form. Please expect 4 weeks for review.

For assistance in preparing for the written and practical exams, review the CSCE® Written Exam Make-up and the CSCE® Practical Exam Candidate Guide.

Step 3
Final Application

After successful completion of the written exam, practical exam, and video review submission, 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

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


Fee Type
Member Estimated Costs
Non-Member Estimated Costs
Initial Application
Written Exam
Practical Exam
Video Review Submission
Final Application

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