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The Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis, Inc. focuses on assisting culinary students, professional cooks and chefs in culinary education and certification.

The national ACF authorizes 16 different certifications. Certifications consist of a written exam and a practical exam. Our Chefs de Cuisine chapter offers opportunities twice a year - once in the spring, usually March, and again in the Fall, usually late August or September.

Check our EVENTS page for when the next Certification opportunity is scheduled.

Estimated cost depends on your chosen certification level. Some additional variable costs include practical exam host site fee, educational coursework, and cost of food for the practical exam and practice sessions. For more information on written exam sites and practical handbooks, click the links below.


ACF Certifications

Culinary/Savory

  • Certified Fundamentals Cook® (CFC®)
  • Certified Culinarian® (CC®)
  • Certified Sous Chef® (CSC®)
  • Certified Chef de Cuisine® (CCC®)
  • Certified Executive Chef® (CEC®)
  • Certified Master Chef® (CMC®)

Pastry Chefs

  • Certified Fundamentals Pastry Cook™ (CFPC™)
  • Certified Pastry Culinarian® (CC®)
  • Certified Working Pastry Chef® (CSC®)
  • Certified Executive Pastry Chef® (CEC®)
  • Certified Master Pastry Chef® (CMC®)

Personal Chefs

  • Personal Certified Chef™ (PCC™)
  • Personal Certified Executive Chef™ (PCEC™)

Administrators

  • Certified Culinary Administrator® (CCA®)

Educators

  • Certified Secondary Culinary Educator® (CSCE®)
  • Certified Culinary Educator® (CCE®)

Go to the national ACF website Certifications Page

WRITTEN EXAMS

Learn about the written exam process, where the exam is given, and review optional study tools.

PRACTICAL EXAMS

Plan for your practical exam by locating a site, registering and reviewing preparation guidelines.


Recertification

Review the recertification process and track your continuing education hours.

CONTINUING EDUCATION 

Discover continuing education opportunities near you or online. ACF offers a great Online Learning Center, a resource for professional development courses.