Recertification enhances continued competence and reaffirms knowledge in food safety and sanitation, nutrition and supervisory management. Continuing Education is learning experiences that enhance the knowledge and skill development of culinary arts professionals. For CC® and CPC® certificants, who have an accelerated learning curve, there is a three-year recertification cycle. For all other levels, the recertification cycle is every five years. As the culinary industry focuses on core knowledge and skills and is not directly tied to fast-changing technological advances, a five-year recertification cycle was deemed appropriate.

Quick Guide

Policies, Applications, Resources

PDF Recertification Application
Includes policy and fees

PDF CMC®/CMPC® Recertification Application
Includes policy and fees

PDF Lifetime Policy & Application
Qualifications: age 62; fully retired and age 55; or fully disabled

PDF Designated Usage Policy
Proper use of your credentials

PDF Brand You
Marketing your credentials

PDF Recertification Fees
Member and non-member fees

PDF Recertification Assistance Policy & Application
Certified members experiencing a financial hardship

PDF List of ACF Approved CEHs
Which CEHs qualify?

PDF Take 16 CEHs Every Year
How to budget your time and money

PDF CEH Tracking Program
Certified Members: submit CEHs to your profile as you earn them

PDF Recertification after Expiration Policy
Learn how to recertify within 3 years of expiration

Continuing Education Hour (CEH) Requirement

Required CEH can be obtained by taking 16 CEHs every year.
CC® and CPC® - 48 CEHs every 3 years
All other levels – 80 CEHs every 5 years
CMC® and CMPC® - 50 CEHs every 5 years

CEH Requirement for Additional Levels

CC® and CPC® - 48 CEH for first level, 24 CEH for any subsequent levels (Ex: Jane Doe, CC, CPC = 72 CEH)
All other levels – 80 CEH for first level, 40 CEH for second level and 20 CEH for any subsequent levels (Ex: Jane Doe, CEC, CEPC, CCA = 140 CEH)
CMC® and CMPC® - 50 CEH for first level, 25 CEH for any subsequent levels (Ex: Jane Doe, CMC, CCE = 75 CEH)

Earning CEH

Certified culinarians and chefs need to plan ahead regarding their educational goals so that timing and funding can be budgeted accordingly. The ACF recommends taking CEHs every year to achieve your educational goals faster and make recertification easier.

ACF approved CEH activities and opportunities can be found on the CEH page.

Every recertification requires an 8 hour refresher in food safety and sanitation. State issued sanitation card or ServSafe can be used for the 8 hour refresher requirement. Nutrition and supervisory management refreshers (minimum of 8 hours each) are only required on the first recertification cycle.

ACF Certified Members can monitor CEHs on ACF Member Profile Page. CEHs can be submitted to the ACF Certification Department with the CEH Submission Form.

Application Process

Submit recertification application, required CEH documentation and recertification fee. Applications can be submitted one year ahead but no later than the certification expiration date. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

ACF Certified Members experiencing a financial hardship may qualify for assistance. Information can be found in the Recertification Assistance Policy & Application.

Expired Certifications

Certifications that have not been expired more than 36 months, are still eligible for recertification. Criteria can be found in the Recertification After Expiration Policy.

Upgrading/Adding an Additional Certification

If you are interested in upgrading your current certification or adding an additional certification, review the current requirements. Please contact the ACF Certification Department prior to applying to verify documentation already on file.

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