Certified Fundamentals Cook® (CFC®)
Education Requirements and Work Experience
No experience required.
- High School Diploma/GED
- 75 Continuing Education Hours (CEH)
Mandatory Course Requirement:
- 15-hour course in Nutrition
- 15-hour course in Food Safety & Sanitation
Courses are available through the ACF Online Learning Center, ACF approved providers or any academic institution.
There are three steps in the application process:
Individuals: Submit an initial application with proof of education and required courses and work experience. Please allow 2–3 weeks for processing applications.
Culinary Programs: Please schedule an introduction call at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule Written & Practical Exams
Upon receiving approval for the initial pre-approval application, you are eligible to schedule your written and practical exams.
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.
All application and exam preparation information can be found in the Certified Fundamentals Cook handbook.
CFC® Certification requires renewal every five years. For more information, visit the recertification page.
Upgrade to a Higher Certification Level
Depending on education and experience, CFC® certificants may be eligible to upgrade to the Certified Culinarian® (CC®) certification.
Have questions or need more information? Contact the ACF Certification Department.