Certified Culinary Administrator® (CCA®)
ACF Certification Requirement: Current CCC, CEC, CEPC
Education Requirements and Work Experience:
Three years as an Executive Chef with fiscal responsibility over food service operations.
Must have supervised at least three full-time people.
Experience must be within the past 10 years.
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:
- 30-hour course in Nutrition
- 30-hour course in Food Safety & Sanitation
- 30-hour course in Supervisory Management
- 30-hour course in Advanced Sanitation (HACCP)
- 30-hour course in Human Resource Management
Courses completed more than five years ago (except Advanced Sanitation and HR Management), also require an 8 hour refresher in each topic. Courses are available through ACF approved providers
or any academic institution.
Written Narrative: A 400 (minimum) typed word narrative detailing your job duties and responsibilities, particularly as they relate to administrative and fiscal responsibilities. Sample Narrative
There are three steps in the application process:
Initial Pre-Approval Application
Submit Initial Pre-approval application with proof of education, 30 hour courses, work experience, and typed narrative. Employment verification can be submitted on the Employment Documentation Form or employer letterhead. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing applications.
Schedule Written Exam
Upon receiving approval for the Initial Pre-approval application, you are eligible to schedule your written exam. Please visit the written exam page for scheduling information. For assistance in preparing for the written exam, review the CCA® Candidate Handbook.
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.
CCA® 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.