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Carson College of Business ACFEF Culinary Certification Program

American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship

Certificate Program

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

Cost Estimates for 4,000-Hour Program:

Tuition

Four semesters at $950/sem. for a total of $3,800

Sanitation, Management,
and Nutrition ACFEF-
Approved Courses
Three courses at $150 each for a total of $450
One-Time Books and
ACF Registration Fee
$514
Chef Jacket, Hats, and Apron
$150
Total Estimated Cost of Two-Year, 4,000-Hour Program
$4,914

Course Details:

  • All apprentices may choose between the 1,000-hour culinary fundamentals and the full 4,000-hour 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.
  • Classes will be held on Mondays from 5–9 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 online delivery.

Program Requirements

ACFEF Culinary Certification – WSU Culinary Certificate 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.
Additional Requirements for Full-Time Culinarians 4,000-Hour Program
  • 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.
  • Apprentices that are not able to attend a face-to-face class will have additional requirements to receive credit for the class.
Additional Requirements for WSU Full-Time Students 4,000-Hour Program
  • Students will be required to attend lectures and labs every week.
  • Work 15-20 hours in culinary per week during the school year.
  • Work full-time culinary internships during the summer and breaks.
1,000-Hour ACFEF Culinary Certification — WSU Culinary Fundamentals Certificate Program
  • 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 fees.
  • 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 ACF-approved sanitation course.

Register

Contact

Darcie Bagott
Administrative Assistant
School of Hospitality Business Management
Phone: (509) 335-6387
Email: darcie.bagott@wsu.edu

Program Coordinator

Jamie Callison, CEC, AAC
Executive Chef-Culinary Educator
Email: jcallison@wsu.edu

Washington State University