American Culinary Federation (ACF)

Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC)


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

Renewal Period: 1 year

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.

Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

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

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements 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

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • 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: acf@acfchefs.net

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:

Written Exam

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

Practical Exam

The assessment is divided into four general areas.

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

Exam Preparation Resources

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 section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

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.

RECERTIFICATION

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.

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.

In Demand

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Some

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%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

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

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

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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 and Above

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 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.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

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

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty
ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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Updated: December 03, 2019
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