American Culinary Federation (ACF)

Certified Master Chef (CMC)


Credential: Certified Master Chef (CMC)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Culinary Federation (ACF)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The American Culinary Federation (ACF), Certified Master Chef (CMC) certification is designed to identify those chefs and inform the public of individuals who have demonstrated mastery of culinary competence and expertise through education, experience, knowledge, and skills consistent with the master chef level. Candidates must hold a current ACF Certified Executive Chef (CEC) certification or Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) certification with special permission. Candidates are required to meet educational and experience requirements to be eligible for the CMC certification exam. Candidates must pass practical exams.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Master Chef (CMC)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: Hold a current ACF Certified Executive Chef (CEC) or Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) with special permission.
  • Experience
  • Education: Semester/Course Hours
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Culinary Federation (ACF)

180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL  32095

Phone: (904) 824-4468

Fax: (904) 940-0741
Email: helpdesk@acfchefs.net

Option 1:

Candidate must have obtained the Certified Executive Chef (CEC) level of certification and be currently employed in a food service operation with supervisory responsibilities.

Option 2:

Candidate must have obtained the Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) level of certification. CCE certification holders must acquire special permission.

Additional information can be found in the Certified Master Chef Candidate Handbook on the ACF website.

Candidate must provide documentation of education and continuing education hours (CEH) in each of the following:

  • 30 hours of education on wine and wine service;
  • 30 hours of human resources management;
  • 30 hours of advanced sanitation; and
  • 30 hours of cost control management*
*30 hours of cost management must be completed if the candidate earned the Certified Executive Chef (CEC) certification prior to January 1, 2018.

The Certified Master Chef (CMC) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must abide by the ACF Certification Code of Ethics.
  • Candidate must provide documentation of financial support from an employer, owner, co-owner or other resource. Financial support letter verifies the candidate’s commitment to the exam process and ability to complete the process.
  • Candidate must provide documentation (letter) of support from one current CMC. The letter is verification that the candidate understands the spirit of the exam process and has the willingness to attempt the exam.

  • Freestyle Cuisine
  • Healthy Cooking
  • Global Cuisine
  • Baking and Pastry
  • Buffet Catering
  • Classical Cuisine
  • European Cuisine
  • Market Basket

  • Buffet Catering - Part 1 and 2
  • Classical Cuisine - Part 1 and 2
  • European Cuisine
  • Market Basket Final

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Master Chef (CMC) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Master Chef (CMC) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the American Culinary Federation (ACF) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Master Chef (CMC)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Master Chef (CMC) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Certified Master Chef (CMC) certification is renewed every five years. CMC certification holders must obtain 50 continued education hours (CEH) during each recertification cycle. A recertification fee is required.
  • CMC certification holders must maintain current status on Food Safety and Sanitation for every recertification cycle. An eight-hour refresher, state issued sanitation card or ServSafe can be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • CMC certification holders must submit Nutrition and Supervisory Management refreshers (eight hour minimum) for every recertification cycle once the original 30-hour courses are more than five years old.
  • 25% of the CMC certification holder's CEH must come from volunteer, leadership, or competition activities.

    Additional information can be found on the ACF Recertification website.

In Demand

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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