Specialized Certificate in Foodservice Management

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) is the nation’s leader in offering educational resources, training, and certificate programs to enhance professional growth for all current and future chefs.

Earners of the Specialized Certificate in Foodservice Management have demonstrated fundamental knowledge in industry-standard competencies in foodservice management. This exam was written and reviewed by subject matter experts and covers concepts on foodservice management, beverage management, front-of-house management, and food safety/sanitation.

Once eligibility has been confirmed, the student will receive an email to purchase the exam from ACF’s Online Learning Center.

Complete Eligibility Form


Candidates must supply documentation verifying:

  • Completion of 75 hours in hospitality-related course content (acceptable documentation includes certificate of completion or transcripts)
  • Graduation from an ACFEF-accredited Foodservice Management program
  • Current ACF certification, any level


Type Cost
ACF members/partners  $35
Non-members $45


If you are a culinary instructor interested in using the exam and certificate for your students, please contact the ACF professional development team at educate@acfchefs.org or (800) 624-9458.

Reference Guide

For more information, including exam outline, required competencies and sample questions, download the reference guide.

Reference Guide