I’m often told by chefs that they’re having problems getting
enough CEHs to recertify within five years. I tell them it takes
planning, time, dedication and some self-sacrifice.
• You will need 80 hours of continuing education for the first
certification, 40 hours for the second and 20 hours for each
• Recertification is due every five years, except for Certified
Culinarian (CC) and Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC), which
are due every three years.
• The first time you recertify, you will need 8 hours in each of
the following areas: Food Safety and Sanitation; Nutrition;
and Culinary Supervision.
• After the first time, you will need 8 hours in Food Safety and
Sanitation only. ServSafe or equivalent counts as 8 hours.
• Five years equals 60 months, which means you need 16 hours
per year, or fewer than 1. 5 hours per month, for your first
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• Get involved in your local ACF chapter as a board member,
apprenticeship chair, education chair, certification chair,
officer, etc., and earn 12 CEHs for each year of service. A one-year term earns 12 hours, a two-year term, 24 hours.
• Attend chapter meetings and earn CEHs for the educational
component. Attend three meetings a year with 1 hour of
education each and earn 3 CEHs; in five years, earn 15 CEHs.
• Offer to present a demonstration at your chapter meeting and earn
5 CEHs. You can get credit for up to three trade-related seminars
at community events, high school culinary programs, etc. Present
at your chapter meeting once a year and earn 5 CEHs; in five
years, earn 25 CEHs.
• Attend a state, regional or national convention and earn
CEHs for every hour of education you attend. The trade show
can earn you an extra 3 CEHs. Attend a three-day chef’s
association annual meeting with a trade show once every five
years and earn 23 CEHs.
• Serving as an evaluator for practical exams or accredited school
inspections, or as a judge for ACF-sanctioned competitions,
can accumulate CEHs, as well. As a certification evaluator,
earn 1 CEH for the annual webinar and 5 CEHs for the annual
mandatory exam every year for five years, and earn 30 CEHs.
• Attend employer paid in-service (professional development)
training on topics such as supervision and HACCP, and
get CEHs. One five-hour training a year for five years
earns 25 CEHs.
• Take an online course. Go to acfchefs.org/Certify/Continuing
Education for a variety of online classes, some free. One two-hour class every year for five years earns 10 CEHs.
• Print the NCR quiz off the website ( acfchefs.org/Certify/
Continuing Education/NCR Quiz) and complete it as you read
the magazine. Then, go to eCulinary to register, and take the
quiz online for $20 to receive 4 CEHs. Take the quiz for all 10
NCR issues to earn 40 CEHs a year and 200 CEHs in five years.
• An article written for a local or national publication or a
chapter newsletter can earn up to 5 CEHs. Write one in five
years and earn 5 CEHs.
• Attend an educational class at the local electric or gas
company on kitchen safety. A one-hour class earns 1 CEH.
These are just a few ways to get your hours, but there are literally
hundreds of hours that can be stockpiled until you need them to
recertify. Get creative, and frequently check the ACF website for
new continuing education listings. Also, you can find more details
on the recertification page. If you have further questions, contact
the ACF national office at email@example.com.
Good luck with your recertification.
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Taking classes at your local college helps grow your culinary skills and pays
off in CEHs.
1 hour of education = 1 Ceh
1 Ceu (unit) = 10 Cehs (hours)
1 semester credit hour translates to 16 Cehs