Become ACF-Approved and Offer CEHs

As the culinary industry continues to thrive and educational offerings become more competitive, consumers are choosing institutions that have third party recognition. ACF approval ensures that the educational offering has clearly defined objectives and is taught by qualified instructors. The benefits of becoming ACF-approved include:

  • Validate quality that your program or session/event meets industry standards and is approved to offer CEHs towards ACF certification.
  • Increase visibility and attendance by being listed on the ACF website.
  • Enhance your brand value by promoting your program or session/event as ACF-approved.

Individual Sessions/Events

This option allows you to offer CEH credits for specific sessions or events that are not part of a certificate or training program. The approval is valid for one year.

The session can be repeated throughout the year as long as the content remains the same. Sessions typically cover one topic; events are comprised of several sessions.

Individual Sessions (seminars, webinars, online courses)
Events, 1-2 days
Events, 3+ days

Multiple Session Approval
This option allows you to offer CEH credits for multiple sessions within one year of the initial approval.

3-6 sessions
$100 per session
$130 per session
7-9 sessions
$90 per session
$120 per session
10+ sessions
$850 flat rate fee
$1,200 flat rate fee

Application to Offer ACF-Approved Continuing Education Hours
Offer ACF-Approved CEHs for Your Session/Event: Rules and Guidelines

Certificate and Training Programs

This option is for programs that do not meet the qualification requirements for ACFEF accreditation. Certificate and training programs typically consist of a series of courses with participants that successful complete the program earning a certificate.

Programs must complete an application process, as well as a site visit, to earn ACFEF-approved recognition status.

Initial recognition is for three years, and renewal recognition is for five years. To maintain recognition, programs must submit annual reports and fees. The annual fee will be prorated in the initial application year and is due once the program has completed the site visit and has been approved.

Initial application fee (non-refundable)
Annual fee
Renewal application fee (non-refundable)

Application to Become an ACFEF-Approved Program
ACFEF-Approved Programs Rules and Guidelines

Please note that ACF does not recommend any one session, program or provider over another. ACF may promote education programs but does not endorse them as the sole recommended resource provider.

*Non-profit organizations must provide a copy of their 501(c)3 certificate or letter on official state government letterhead.