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Carson College of Business ACFEF Culinary Certification Program

WSU-ACFEF Culinary Certificate Program

WSU-ACFEF Culinary Certificate Program is recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s National Apprenticeship Committee

Who this program is for:

The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Apprenticeship Certification Program, provided by the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University, is designed to benefit:

  • Culinarians working full-time
  • Professional chefs working towards certification
  • WSU full-time culinary or food and beverage-focused students

Program Highlights:

The program focuses on the following topics and certifications:

  • ACFEF National Certification
  • WSU School of Hospitality Business Management Culinary Certificate
  • Mentoring from qualified, professional chefs
  • Develop documented culinary skills
  • Acquire professional work ethic
  • Offering face-to-face and distanced learning classes

Culinary Programs Offered

The WSU-ACFEF Culinary Certificate Program offers three culinary certification programs:

Course Details:

  • All apprentices may choose between the 1,000-hour culinary fundamentals, 2,000-hour culinarian and the full 4,000-hour sous chef certification programs.
  • The ACFEF apprenticeship national training materials will be delivered in a two-year rotation, which will include four 16-week semesters.
  • Apprentices may enter in the program during any part of the four-semester course rotation.
  • Each semester is worth 84 hours of related instruction and 48 continuing education hours.
  • Classes will be held on Mondays from 4:30–9 p.m. at WSU’s state-of-the-art culinary teaching kitchen. Courses run mid-August through early May.
  • Classes will all be taught by chefs who hold their CEC, CEPC certification, or higher.
  • Students are not required to be enrolled at WSU to participate in the program.
  • Will offer a hybrid program for full-time apprentices which will include face-to-face classes and/or online delivery.
  • Click here for an overview of the program.

Additional Culinary Educational Opportunities

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Contact Us

Jamie Callison, CEC, AAC
Executive Chef-Culinary Educator
(509) 335-7426
jcallison@wsu.edu

 

 

Jason Butcherite, CEC, CCA
Chef de Cuisine-Program Coordinator
509-335-3244
jason_butcherite@wsu.edu


Culinary Fundamentals (CFC®)

Cost estimates for 1,000-hour program
Tuition
(Face-to-Face)
One semester at $1,025/sem.
Total: $1,025
Tuition
(100% Distance Learning)
One semester at $925/sem.
Total: $925
ACFEF-Approved Sanitation and Nutrition Courses
Course Details
Two courses at $150 each
Total:  $300
ACF Registration Fee
$200 Fundamentals Cook Apprenticeship TypeB
Required Book
$140
Uniform & Tools
$150
Certification Fees
$60
Total Estimated Cost of One-Year, 1,000 Hour Program
(Face-to-Face)
$1,875
Total Estimated Cost of One-Year, 1,000 Hour Program
(100% Distance Learning)
$1,775

 

A: may not be applicable to individuals in the program who are also WSU students

WSU students enrolled in this program can enroll in the following WSU classes to fulfill the following required related instruction

  • Nutrition: Biology 140 (BSCI), Introduction to Nutritional Science
  • Sanitation: FS 220, Food Safety and Quality

B: non-apprentice students may obtain ACF membership. Choose applicable Culinarian membership type, annual ACF membership fees range from $84—$240 depending on membership type

NOTE: Students are required to have a professional set of knives for class.  This cost in not included in the cost estimates.

Program Requirements

  • Students will be required to successfully complete session one of the two-year program rotation.
  • Must enroll into the ACFEF Apprentice and WSU Culinary Certificate program and pay a registration fee.
  • Complete 1,000 hours of culinary practical experience.
  • Students will need to pass a practical and a written test prior receiving their ACFEF Culinary Certification and WSU Culinary Certificate.
  • Complete two ACF-approved 30-hour sanitation and nutrition courses

Additional requirements for WSU Full-Time students for all programs

  • Students will be required to attend lectures and labs every week­­­­­
  • Work 15-20 hours in culinary per week during the academic school year
  • Work full-time culinary internships during the summer and breaks

Culinarian (CC®)

Cost estimates for 2,000-hour program
Tuition
(Face-to-Face)
Four semesters at $1,025/sem.
Total: $4,100
Tuition
(100% Distance Learning)
Four semesters at $925/sem.
Total: $3,700
ACFEF-Approved Sanitation and Nutrition Courses
Course Details
Three courses at $150 each
Total: $450
ACF Registration Fee
$300 Culinarian Apprenticeship TypeB
Required Book
$140
Uniform & Tools
$150
Total Estimated Cost of two-year, 2,000 hour program
(Face-to-Face)
$5,140
Total Estimated Cost of two-year, 2,000 hour program
(100% Distance Learning)
$4,740

 

A: may not be applicable to individuals in the program who are also WSU students.

WSU students enrolled in this program can enroll in the following WSU classes to fulfill the following required related instruction.

  • Nutrition: Biology 140 (BSCI), Introduction to Nutritional Science
  • Management: MGMT 301, Principals of Management and Organization OR MGMT 401 (M) Leading People and Organizations
  • Sanitation: FS 220, Food Safety and Quality

B: non-apprentice students may obtain ACF membership. Choose applicable Culinarian membership type, annual ACF membership fees range from $84—$240 depending on membership type.

NOTE: Students are required to have a professional set of knives for class.  This cost in not included in the cost estimates.

Program Requirements

  • Students will be required to successfully complete session one and two of the two-year program rotations.
  • Complete 2000 hours of culinary practical experience.
  • Must enroll into the ACFEF Apprentice and WSU certificate program and pay a registration fee
  • Required to successfully complete all two semesters/sections of Apprenticeship classes.
  • Complete ACF approved sanitation, nutrition, and management courses.  WSU full time students may use WSU offered sanitation, nutrition, and management classes that are approved by the ACFEF to fill the requirements for the ACFEF certification.
  • Students will need to pass a practical, and written test prior receiving their ACFEF Culinary Certification, and WSU Culinary Certificate.

Additional requirements for WSU Full-Time students for all programs

  • Students will be required to attend lectures and labs every week
  • Work 15-20 hours in culinary per week during the academic school year
  • Work full-time culinary internships during the summer and breaks

Sous Chef (CSC®)

Cost estimates for 4,000-hour program
Tuition
(Face-to-Face)
Four semesters at $1,025/sem.
Total: $4,100
Tuition
(100% Distance Learning)
Four semesters at $925/sem.
Total: $3,700
ACFEF-Approved Sanitation and Nutrition Courses
Course Details
Three courses at $150 each
Total: $450A
ACF Registration Fee
$375 Sous Chef Apprenticeship TypeB
Required Book
$140
Uniform & Tools
$150
Certification Fees
$190
Total Estimated Cost of two-year, 4,000-hour program
(Face-to-Face)
$5,405
Total Estimated Cost of two-year, 2,000-hour program
(100% Distance Learning)
$5,005

 

A: may not be applicable to individuals in the program who are also WSU students.

WSU students enrolled in this program can enroll in the following WSU classes to fulfill the following required related instruction.

  • Nutrition: Biology 140 (BSCI), Introduction to Nutritional Science
  • Management: MGMT 301, Principals of Management and Organization OR MGMT 401 (M) Leading People and Organizations
  • Sanitation: FS 220, Food Safety and Quality

B: non-apprentice students may obtain ACF membership. Choose applicable culinarian membership type, annual ACF membership fees range from $84—$240 depending on membership type.

NOTE: Students are required to have a professional set of knives for class.  This cost in not included in the cost estimates.

Program Requirements

  • Complete 4,000 hours of culinary practical experience completing the required hours in each of the ACF-mandated competencies.
  • Must enroll into the ACFEF Apprentice and WSU Culinary Certificate program and pay a registration fee.
  • Required to successfully complete all four semesters and sections of apprenticeship classes.
  • Complete ACF-approved sanitation, nutrition, and management courses.
  • Students will need to pass a practical and written test prior to receiving their ACFEF Culinary Certification and WSU Culinary Certificate.
  • Will be required to work 40 hours per week.
  • Apprentices will be required each semester to attend the first lab and the last lab for testing purposes, and two other labs of their choice.
  • Each lecture and lab will be recorded, have a live feed, Mise en Place videos, and teaching assistant available online in real time during the live feed.

Additional requirements for WSU Full-Time students for all programs

  • Students will be required to attend lectures and labs every week
  • Work 15-20 hours in culinary per week during the academic school year
  • Work full-time culinary internships during the summer and breaks

Continuing Education–Other

Cost Estimates for ACF Certification
Tuition
(Face-to-Face)
One semester at $1,025/sem.
Total: $1,025
Tuition
(100% Distance Learning)
One semester at $925/sem.
Total: $925
ACFEF-Approved Sanitation and Nutrition Courses
Course Details
Three courses at $150 each
Total: $450
ACFEF-Approved Beverage Management and Cost Control Management
Two courses at $150 each
Total: $300A
ACF Registration Fee (optional)
$84–$240B
Uniform & Tools
$150
Certification Fees (ACF Member)
Approx. $335 depending on certification level
 Certification Fees (ACF Non-Member)
Approx. $535 depending on certification level

 

A: these additional courses are only required for Certified Executive Chef (CEC®) candidates

B: Choose applicable Culinarian membership type, annual ACF membership fees range from $84−$240 depending on membership type

NOTE: Individuals are required to have a professional set of knives for class.  This cost in not included in the cost estimates

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