Personal Certified Executive Chef™ (PCEC™)
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: Three 30 hour courses in each of the following: Nutrition, Food Safety & Sanitation and Business Management. Courses completed more than five years ago, also require an 8 hour refresher in each topic. Courses are available through ACF approved providers or any academic institution. Mandatory course requirements count toward CEH education requirements.
Work experience Requirement: Three years as a full-time Personal Chef engaged in all aspects of food preparation and management on a “cook-for-hire-basis.” Experience must be within the past 10 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. For assistance in preparing for the written and practical exams, review the PCEC™ Written Exam Make-up and the PCEC™ Practical Exam Candidate Guide.
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.
PCEC™ 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.