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Description of Certification from the ACF Website:
Differentiate Yourself: ACF Certification adds value to the certificants, employers and the public. With thousands of chefs competing in the job market, it is essential to prove your culinary competency. Benefits of ACF Certification:

At, we provide 30-Hour Courses, 8 Hour Refresher Courses and Essential Foodservice Concept Courses that satisfy the education requirements for a variety of ACF Certification levels. There are additional fees required to pursue certification with the American Culinary Federation (ACF). These fees are payable directly to the ACF. For additional information on ACF certification levels, application, written and practical examination fees, please visit: ACF Certification Information

Below you will find a detailed breakdown of each level of ACF certification, sorted from entry-level to executive. In addition to the certification level information, we have provided many of the links to information created by the American Culinary Federation that you will need in order to work through your certification with the ACF. The ACF has provided a one-sheet PDF document of this information as well, and can be accessed on the following page: Certification Requirements.

We look forward to serving your ACF Certification education needs. If you have any additional questions regarding ACF Certification or the courses provided here at, start a LiveChat on this page. Or, visit our contact us page and give us a call, send us an email or a direct message.

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Recertification - CEH Requirements

In order to recertify, the ACF has outlined specific Continuing Education Hour (CEH) requirements for the various certification levels. The guidelines for required CEH's are as follows:

Please note: 25% of your CEH must come from volunteer, leadership, or competition activities effective January 1, 2020 for all levels except CFC, CFPC, CC, and CPC.

Total CEHs must include a refresher course in Sanitation every 5 years. Refresher courses in Nutrition and Supervision are only required during your first recertification. If you are in need of refresher courses and additional CEHs, please visit the course catalog to find the continuing education hours you need.

For information regarding the recertification process, please visit the following page from the ACF Web Site: ACF Recertification Information