COVID-19 Travel and Activity Status:

Updated: March 30, 2020

We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization's statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments.

The wellbeing of our members, associates and partners is of paramount importance.


Pertaining to our staff and volunteers traveling for the ACF, all international and domestic travel is suspended effective immediately. All exceptions must be approved by BOD President Stafford DeCambra and Executive Director Heidi Cramb.


ACF members are facing difficult and uncertain financial futures, due to the disruption of life as we know it… the potential reduction in forces, furloughs and/or closures of businesses, etc. One of the ways we can assist you, is with your membership renewals. Therefore, beginning immediately, and throughout the next six months, should you not be able to renew your membership, please call Membership at the ACF National Office, or email, so we can make arrangements for you. Once approved, your membership will extend for this interim period, with your commitment to renew once able to do so. We will review this after six months, to determine any further need to extend.

We want you to remain in the ACF community during these times.

Note: If you are able to renew your membership, we kindly ask you to when your membership is due. We want you to remain in the community during these times.

ChefConnect - Nashville

ChefConnect Nashville has been rescheduled.
The new dates are 10/26 - 10/28/2020.

Registration change options:

  1. Transfer registration to the National Convention in Dallas, 7/19 - 7/23/2020. No change fees.
  2. Transfer registration to the new ChefConnect Nashville date, 10/26 - 10/28/2020. No change fees.
  3. Cancel registration and get refund. No penalty fees.

Please call the ACF Switchboard at (800) 624-9458 to change your registration or email

Note: Transfer or refund choice must be made by Friday, 3/20/2020.

Hotel Cancellations:
- Hotel reservations must be cancelled at the Sheraton Music City Hotel
- ACF CANNOT CANCEL AN INDIVIDUAL’S RESERVATION (This is not allowed by the hotel)
- Phone number for Marriott Worldwide Reservations: (888) 236-2427
- Phone number for Sheraton Music City Hotel: (615) 885-2200

National Convention

The National Convention scheduled for 7/19 – 7/23/2020, in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole, will continue as planned. As further guidance is provided from national and local authorities, we will adjust if necessary. We will also take into account that members and sponsors have travel restrictions from their places of employment.

Education - Online Learning

We are offering a learning bundle with free access to several courses and conference recordings on the ACF Online Learning Center, through June, 2020. This will assist both ACF members and non-ACF members. We hope this will inspire and provide a venue of innovative learning opportunities/experiences to you, while at home, practicing “social distancing” and while awaiting, for this all to turn around for the world. 

Included in this “ACFUnited” bundle, tuition waived through June 2020, are the following:

Introduction to Foodservice – 30 Hour
This course is a 30-hour, self-paced introduction to the fundamentals of the food service industry. It will provide a framework from which to build a career within the industry and will establish a foundation for future ACF coursework.

Safety and Sanitation – 30 Hour
This course is a 30-hour, self-paced introduction to safety and sanitation. You will gain a basic understanding of safety and sanitation principles as they relate to the food and culinary industry.

Beekeeping for the Executive Chef
Discover the benefits of beekeeping for chefs in this introductory course.

Select ACF Conference Sessions
Bring ACF conferences right to your computer. Watch recordings of selected sessions from each of our conferences at your convenience to gain valuable industry knowledge and earn CEHs.

Select Ingredient of the Month Quizzes
These quizzes were generated from the Ingredient of the Month full articles as denoted by the date heading.

Select NCR Quizzes
These quizzes were generated from articles and stories found in issues of ACF’s The National Culinary Review as denoted by the date heading.

Registration and Access

To access the “ACFUnited” learning bundle, please visit ACF members will log in to their member account. Nonmembers will create a web account. The “ACFUnited” learning bundle is on the main page of the ACF Online Learning Center under “Featured Learning.”


Accreditation Site Visits

Site visits for the ACFEF AC program are suspended through May 15, 2020, effective March 13, due to the uncertainty surrounding access to the sites and travel restrictions being put in place by our volunteers' employers.

We will be in contact with site administrators and volunteers to reschedule visits. There will not be any additional costs levied for rescheduling. If a program accreditation is near expiration we will work with the program coordinator on a mutually agreeable solution.

Please do not be concerned about your program’s accreditation status, all programs during an imposed closing period will be extended. Please continue to work on your self-study, and submit it to the ACFEF accreditation office staff. We will be in contact with site administrators and volunteers when more guidance comes out.

Curriculum delivery modifications developed by programs and approved by their administration will meet our requirements. We do not need to approve them nor is any program required to report how they will deliver the practical requirements.


Annual Program Update Deadline Extension (New)

Attention all ACFEF AC Accredited Secondary and Postsecondary programs: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please note that the submission deadline for Annual Program Updates has been extended from March 31 to April 30, 2020. If there are any questions, please contact Kevin Roberts at


Since certifications are scheduled and conducted on a local case by case basis, we are relying on Host Site Administrators to decide whether they should continue with scheduled tests.

Host Site Administrators are requested to contact ACF National to coordinate their plans.

PSI testing centers have closed until April 13. Visit for updated information.

Please send an email to to request an extension on your certification application process.

For the most updated information, please refer to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or your local health authority.


Any apprentices that are laid-off from their place of employment due to the current world health crisis will be put into suspension status allowing us to credit this amount of time to their scheduled program end date.  Please send their names to Jean McElwain,