Certified Pastry Culinarian® (CPC®)

Current and recent ACFEF Accredited Post-Secondary Program Graduates, please visit the student page.

Education Requirements:
One of the following:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 100 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)
  • Culinary Arts Program Certificate (1 year)
  • 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 8 hour refresher in each topic. Courses are available through ACF approved providers or any academic institution.

Work experience Requirement: Two years entry level culinarian experience. One year entry level culinarian experience is required of candidates with a one year Culinary Arts Program Certificate. Experience must be within the past ten years. No work experience is required of candidates with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts or ACFEF Apprenticeship Program graduates.

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 CPC® 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

CPC® Certification requires annual renewal. For more information, visit the recertification page.


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

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