ACF Written Exams

Registering for ACF Written Exams

ACF written exams are administered through PSI. PSI is a full-service testing provider with over 500 testing centers nationwide.

  • ACF approval is required prior to registering for written exams.
  • Exams can be scheduled by phone or online registration.
    • Phone Registration: Call (800)-211-2754, phone representatives are available Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 10 pm ET and Saturday – Sunday 9 am – 5:30 pm ET.
    • Online Registration: PSI Online Registration Site
  • The written exam fee is $75 and paid directly to PSI.
  • Written exam scores are valid for two years.

For Special Accommodations, you must complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form and submit with appropriate documentation. Please allow 45 days for review and approval. Submission does not constitute approval.

Written Exam Information

Certification
Number of Questions
Allotted Time
Minimum Score to Pass
Certified Culinarian®
100
60 minutes
72%
Certified Pastry Culinarian®
100
60 minutes
70%
Certified Sous Chef®
100
90 minutes
72%
Certified Working Pastry Chef®
100
60 minutes
70%
Certified Chef de Cuisine®
100
60 minutes
75%
Certified Executive Chef®
100
90 minutes
75%
Certified Executive Pastry Chef®
100
90 minutes
300
Personal Certified Chef™
100
60 minutes
70%
Personal Certified Executive Chef™
100
60 minutes
70%
Certified Culinary Administrator®
100
60 minutes
70%
Certified Culinary Educator®*
100
90 minutes
300
Certified Secondary Culinary Educator®
100
60 minutes
70%

*This exam has a scaled score.

Written Exam Cancellation Policy

PSI has a 24 hour cancellation policy.

Written Exam Retake Policy

There is a 14 day waiting period required before scheduling any additional exam attempts.

Written Exam Preparation

The ACF Education Foundation offers optional practice exams for purchase. The purchase or completion of the practice exam is not required for certification nor does it guarantee success in passing, but should be a good indicator of your readiness to test. Practice exams are available for 30-day unlimited access. The practice exams resemble in style and composition the actual exams, but they are not the actual exams.

The following books are suggested in preparation for the written exams:

  • Culinary Fundamentals, ACF: Prentice Hall BUY
  • Baking Fundamentals, ACF: Prentice Hall BUY
  • Supervision in the Hospitality Industry, 8th Ed., Miller, Walker, Drummond: John Wiley & Sons BUY
  • Nutrition for Foodservice and Culinary Professionals, 9th Ed., Drummond, Brefere: John Wiley & Sons BUY
  • Food Safety Fundamentals: Essentials of Food Safety & Sanitation, McSwane, Rue, Linton, Williams: Prentice Hall BUY
  • The Professional Pastry Chef: Fundamentals of Baking Pastry, 4th Ed., Friberg: John Wiley & Sons BUY
  • Escoffier: The Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cookery, John Wiley & Sons BUY


  • Fundamentals of Management: Essential Concepts and Applications, 10th Ed., Robbins: Pearson BUY
  • NRAEF ManageFirst: Nutrition, 2nd Ed., National Restaurant Association: Pearson BUY
  • Principles of Food, Beverage and Labor Cost Controls, 9th Ed., Dittmer: John Wiley & Sons BUY
  • ServSafe Coursebook, 6th Ed., National Restaurant Association: Prentice Hall BUY
  • Foodservice Organizations: A Managerial and Systems Approach, 8th Ed., Gregoire: Prentice Hall BUY
  • NRAEF ManageFirst: Hospitality Human Resource Management and Supervision, 2nd Ed., National Restaurant Association: Pearson BUY
  • On Food & Cooking, Revised Updated Ed, McGee: Scribner BUY
  • Professional Baking, 7th Ed., Gisslen: Wiley BUY

Become an ACF Sponsor Test Sites

ACF sponsor Test sites administer ACF written exams. To become an ACF Sponsor Test Site, review the facility requirements and complete the ACF Written Exam Sponsor Site Application. Once approved you will contacted by a PSI Representative for setup instructions and proctor training.

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