Personal Certified Chef ™ (PCC™)

Education Requirements with Work Experience:
Three years as an entry level culinarian plus a minimum of one full-time year employed as a personal chef who is engaged in the preparation, cooking, serving and sorting of foods on a “cook-for-hire-basis.”
Experience must be within the past ten years.
  • High School Diploma/GED plus 50 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)
  • 150 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)
  • Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts
  • ACFEF Apprenticeship Program
Mandatory Course Requirement:
  • 30-hour course in Nutrition
  • 30-hour course in Food Safety & Sanitation
  • 30-hour course in Business Management
Courses completed more than five years ago will require an 8 hour refresher in each topic. Courses are available through ACF approved providers or any academic institution.

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. For assistance in preparing for the written and practical exams, review the PCC™/PCEC™ Candidate Handbook .

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

PCC™ Certification requires renewal every five years. For more information, visit the recertification page.

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