Accreditation for Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Programs
Accreditation by American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum and student services.
Benefits of Accreditation
- Creates public trust by ensuring
- Established standards
- Accountability and credibility
- High level of professionalism
- Up-to-date and current practices
- Marketing tool for recruiting students
- ACFEF accreditation acts as a third party endorser for federal funding
ACFEFAC is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Learn More
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View ACFEF’s scheduled site visits.
Site Visit Best Practices
- Annual Reports are required to be submitted by all ACFEF Postsecondary Accredited / Secondary Certified programs between January 1 and May 1 each year.
Note: You will be exempt from submitting an Annual Report during the year in which you are scheduled for a Site Visit, as this information will be contained in your Self Study and be reviewed during the Site Visit.
- Follows these steps to process your Annual Report:
a. Complete the Annual Report and Professional Development Report document templates, using the links below.
b. Save the documents including your school name in the file name to be emailed.
Example: Annual Report Bishop State Community College. Abbreviate school name if necessary.
c. Email the completed documents and exhibits to email@example.com.
Note: As a part of our "Going Green" initiative, we will not be accepting mailed hard copies of
- Your Annual Report will be reviewed and you will be notified of the status. Any pending issues must come into compliance by June.
- If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Accreditation Department at (800) 624-9458. Thank you very much!
Accreditation Commission Meeting
The ACFEF Accreditation Commission convened in Indianapolis, Indiana, for their January 2017 meeting.
From left to right: Brian Peffley, CEPC, CCE, AAC; George Dennis, CEC, CCE, AAC; Wilemina DeNunzio, CCE, CSCE; Christopher Plemmons, CEC, AAC; Cindy Komarinski, Committee Chair, Ph.D., CCC, CCE, HAAC
The ACFEF Accrediting Commission Secondary Certification Subcommittee convened in Indianapolis, Indiana, for their January 2017 meeting.
Front, from left to right: Jacqueline Hamilton, CEC, AAC; Sally Russell; Thomas Capretta, CEC, CCE; Jeffrey Quasha, CCEC, CCA
Back, from left to right: Lynn Pike, CEC, CCE; Tina Powers, CEC, CEPC, CCE; Michael Harants, CEC, CCE, AAC; Bryan Frick, CEC, AAC; Michael Moench, CEC
ACFEF accredited programs may purchase promotional banners and table runners bearing the ACFEF and school logos. Order Form
ACFEF Accrediting Commission actions and schools responses