Student Enrollment

Looking to get started in the culinary arts? Choosing the right culinary program can help propel you into a successful career.

Benefits of Choosing an ACFEF Accredited Culinary Program

  • Proven quality in:
    • Curriculum
    • Faculty
    • Instructional resources
    • Support staff
    • Organizational structure
  • ACF student members are eligible to receive an ACF certification up to one year after graduation from a postsecondary program by completing the necessary requirements
  • Certificate of completion for students completing a secondary program and the necessary requirements
  • Complimentary subscription to Sizzle, ACF’s quarterly magazine specifically for students pursuing a profession in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts

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Post-Graduation Certification Forms

Graduates of ACFEF accredited postsecondary degree or certificate/diploma programs who are members at the time of graduation are eligible to receive either a Certified Culinarian® (CC®) or Certified Pastry Culinarian® (CPC®) certification depending on the concentration of their program without paying any fees or taking any separate exams. Non-member graduates are assessed an $85 fee. All graduates must provide a copy of their final transcript showing date of graduation and documentation of ACF membership at the time of graduation. Certificate/Diploma graduates must also document one year of entry level work experience to receive their certification. Application and documentation must be submitted within one year of graduation.


Certification is good for three years for all newly certified and recertifying Certified Culinarians and Certified Pastry Culinarians and requires 48 continuing education hours (CEHs) including refreshers.