National Credential
Credential: Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Culinary Federation (ACF)

The American Culinary Federation (ACF), Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC) certification is for entry level culinarians within a pastry foodservice operation responsible for the preparation and production of pies, cookies, cakes, breads, rolls, desserts or other baked goods. CPCs demonstrate skills and culinary experience with high standards for food preparation and working knowledge of culinary nutrition, food safety and sanitation, and supervisory management. To obtain the CPC certification, candidates must meet the education requirement, work experience requirement, and mandatory course requirement. Candidates must also pass both a written exam and a practical exam.

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

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC)

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  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted Z5 Enlisted Aide ASI most          
Warrant Officer 922A Food Service Technician WOMOS most   Star credentialStar    

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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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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC)

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: 2 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • 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
Email: acf@acfchefs.net

Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC)

Candidates must have completed one of the following:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 100 continuing education hours (CEHs)
  • Culinary Arts program certificate (1 year)
  • Associate degree in Culinary Arts
  • American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Apprenticeship program

Candidates must also have completed three 30-hour courses in each of the following topics:

  • Nutrition
  • Food Safety and Sanitation
  • Supervisory Management

Note: Courses completed more than five years ago also require an 8-hour refresher in the topic. Courses are available through ACF approved providers or any academic institution.

Candidates must have completed two years of entry level culinarian experience.

Note: Experience must be within the past ten years. One year of entry level culinarian experience is required of candidates with a one-year Culinary Arts Program Certificate. No work experience is required of candidates who have an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts or have completed an American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Apprenticeship program.

The Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC) credential has the following other requirements:

Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC)

  • Basic Cooking 10%
  • Sanitation 10%
  • Nutrition 10%
  • Supervisory Management 10%
  • Basic Baking 60%

The assessment is divided into four general areas.

  • Safety and Sanitation Skills
  • Organization Skills
  • Craftsmanship Skills
  • Finished Product Skills

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC) 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 Pastry Culinarian (CPC)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CPC certification is renewed annually. Certification holders must submit a recertification application, complete 15 continuing education hours (CEHs), complete required refresher courses, and pay a recertification fee. Additional information can be found in the CPC Candidate Handbook.

Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC)

Additional considerations for the Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC) include:

  • Graduates from American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) accredited associate degree or bachelor’s degree programs are exempt from the written and practical exams if an application and documentation are submitted within one year of graduation from the program.

  • Graduates from American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) certificate/diploma programs with one year of entry level culinary experience are exempt from the written and practical exams if an application and documentation are submitted within two years of graduation from the program.