Certified Working Pastry Chef® (CWPC®)

Education Requirements:
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 course requirements count toward CEH education requirements.

Work experience Requirement: Five years entry level pastry experience. Four years with an ACFEF Culinary Arts/Baking Pastry Program Certificate or three years with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts/Baking Pastry. All candidates must have two years of experience supervising a shift or food station. Experience must be within the past ten years.

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 CWPC® 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

CWPC® Certification requires renewal every three years. 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.