National Credential
Credential: Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: American Culinary Federation (ACF)

The Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) credential is for an advanced-degree culinary professional who is working as an educator in an accredited postsecondary institution or military training facility. A CCE is responsible for the development, implementation, administration, evaluation and maintenance of a culinary arts or foodservice management curriculum. In addition, a CCE must possess superior culinary experience equivalent to a CCC or CWPC. Requirements also include two years as a Chef de Cuisine (chef in charge of food production in a foodservice operation supervising at least two full-time people) or two years as a working pastry chef, hold an associate's or a bachelor's degree in any discipline plus 120 hours in Education Development in Culinary Arts. Applicants must also submit a 45 to 60 minute video demonstrating teaching proficiency of the culinary arts in front of a live audience. Applicants must also pass an examination.

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 92G Culinary Specialist MOS most   III   Proponent FundedFunded  Gap Analysis
Enlisted Z5 Enlisted Aide ASI most          
Warrant Officer 922A Food Service Technician WOMOS most        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This 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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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education: Associates
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

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

American Culinary Federation (ACF)
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL  32095
Phone: (904) 824-4468
Fax: (904) 940-0741

Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)

  • A candidate must have at least an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts or a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline.
  • A letter from the candidate’s school documenting a minimum of 1200 student contact teaching hours at an accredited post-secondary level is required.

  • Minimum of two years’ work experience as a Chef de Cuisine or Working Pastry Chef in charge of food production in a food service operation. 
  • Supervised at least two full-time people in the preparation and production of food. 
  • A candidate’s work history should be within 10 years prior to employment as a culinary instructor. 

In addition to the three 30-hour courses, a candidate must document completion of 120 educational development hours in courses that will benefit him/her as an educator, taken since their initial degree.  Included within the 120 hours, the candidate must document a minimum of 8 hours of each of the following subject areas at the college level or ACF approved courses:

  • Curriculum Planning & Development (e.g. behavioral objectives, syllabi, lesson plans, etc.) 
  • Evaluation & Testing (practical, written, and oral testing, etc.) 
  • Teaching Methodology (kitchen laboratory, lecture and non-traditional methods, etc.) 
  • Educational Psychology (learning styles, student motivation, etc.)


Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)

  • Domain I: Education Development (33%)
  • Domain II: Educational Management (13%)
  • Domain III: Teaching Savory Cooking (16%)
  • Domain IV: Teaching Baking and Pastry (14%)
  • Safety and Sanitation (14%)
  • Nutrition (10%)
  • Safety and Sanitation Skills
  • Organizational Skills
    • Organization
    • Work flow
    • Proper Utilization of All Ingredients
    • Timing of Service and Follow-up
  • Craftsmanship Skills
    • Creativity, Skills and Craftsmanship
    • Serving and Portion Size
    • Cooking Techniques and Skills
    • Butchery and Boning Skills
  • Finished Product Skills
    • Overall presentation including the use of appropriate garnishes
    • Overall nutritional balance
    • Ingredient compatibility
    • Flavor, taste, texture, and doneness
    • Serving Methods and Presentation
    • Portion Size and Nutritional Balance

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) examination:

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

Testing for this credential is handled by PSI. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the PSI website:

For more information on the American Culinary Federation (ACF) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) credential has the following recertification information:

  • ACF recertification is required every five years; ACF sets specific guidelines to meet this requirement, see the agency website for details.

Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)

Additional considerations for the Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) include:

  • Candidate must document the completion of an 8-hour refresher course for any one or all of the courses, if mandatory courses were taken more than five years prior to the date of initial certification or renewal.