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  About ACF Certification  
     
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) administers the prestigious professional Chef certification program for American chefs. Certification is a combination of culinary work experience, specialized training in key management, nutritional cooking, sanitation as well as passing a certification level test. Below are some key reasons for becoming a certified chef as well as where chefcertification.com fits into the process.
 
A Few Key Reasons for Certification:
  • Chef certification provides professional standard among chefs and cooks in America. Similar to the standards set for many professionals (CPA, RD, MD, RN, etc.).
  • ACF certification provides key educational milestones to enhance the careers of chefs and cooks in nutritional cooking, effective management and key safety and sanitation issues.
  • Chef certification provides documentation and proof of culinary experience. A certified chef with CEC at the end of his/her name means they have specific documented experience, completed core educational courses, demonstrated motivation and passed necessary tests to prove that they are a certified professional.
  • Being a certified chef provides more opportunities for promotions and advancements within the organization you are employed with or desire to be employed with.
  • Chef certification provides competitive advantage when applying for chef positions.
  • ACF chef certification is the only certification of chefs recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a trade/profession.
  • There is a trend among major national corporations, private restaurants and hotels to hire certified chefs.
  • Corporations such as Sodexho Marriott encourage all chefs within their organization to become/obtain certification through the ACF and some regions are actually facilitating that by providing incentive programs to expedite the process.
  • Several military agencies also value the certification process as a key promotional and professional ranking tool for their tens of thousands of chefs.
  • As the complexity associated with profitable and efficient food service operations continues to increase, and the competitive demands on obtaining trained personnel, it is critical to selectively recruit individuals that have demonstrated a high level of professional commitment and expertise.
  • ACF certified chefs are proven professionals.
 
Where does Chefcertification.com fit it?
  • Chefcertification.com provides the educational piece of the certification puzzle, completely on-line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ACF certification is now convenient, customized to the working chef through Chefcertification.com.
  • Chefcertification.com also has the exact/direct link to the ACF's Certification information page that gives you the necessary information on becoming a certified chef @ www.acfchefs.org/certify/crt.html
  • Chefcertification.com also provides group deals/discounts to encourage the certification of chefs in small or large organizations
  • Chefcertification.com's courses meet and exceed the educational requirements set forth by the ACF.
 

What is the ACF?
The American Culinary Federation, Inc., a professional, not-for-profit organization for chefs, was founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs' organizations: the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, The Vatel Club and The Chefs Association of America. The principal goal of the founding chefs remains true to the ACF today - to promote a professional image of the American chef worldwide through education among culinarians at all levels, from apprentices to the most accomplished certified master chefs of the culinary arts.

What is ACF Certification?
ACF administers the prestigious professional Chef certification program for American Chefs, and is the leading authority on cooking in America. Already over 20,000 Chefs have sought and obtained certification at various levels of their career path from the entry level culinarian to Certified Master Chefs. Certification is a combination of culinary work experience, specialized training in key management, nutritional cooking, sanitation as well as passing a certification level test. The certification levels range from certified culinarian (automatically qualify if graduate from a ACF accredited institution) to certified master chef (the highest level of certification). ACF is the only chef organization that has a certification program that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a trade/profession.

 
     
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