• ProChef® Certification.
    Your Success Credential.

    Challenge yourself and stretch your skills. Make the industry take notice of your expertise. Move your career forward. Whatever your personal and professional goals, ProChef Certification can help you achieve them. Combining hands-on training, an approach to learning that's both stimulating and supportive, and the flexibility to work only on the skills you need to, the ProChef Certification program is perfect for busy foodservice professionals. And when you're done, you'll have not only a valuable new credential—you'll have a whole new outlook on what it means to be a professional chef.

    Important ProChef Updates

    In 2023, ProChef Certification celebrated its 20th year validating competencies and issuing credentials to culinarians around the world. To date the CIA has certified over 1,700 culinarians. ProChef Certification is active in the US, Brazil, Jamaica, and China. As the culinary world continues to evolve, ProChef Certification must evolve as well. Therefore, we are announcing the following changes to ProChef Levels 1, 2 and 3. These changes will tentatively be implemented as of May 1, 2024.

    ProChef Level 1

    ProChef Level 1 will now be a 4-day exam. The first day will be an orientation to the exam facility and will also test knife skills, egg cookery, and stock competencies. Days 2-4 will test the culinary competencies as in the current model.

    ProChef Level 2


    The Genoise competency will be removed. All other test elements remain the same.

    Global Cuisines

    Candidates will now have a choice of global cuisines at Level 2. Candidates are now required to select 2 of the following three cuisines at Level 2. The third will be required for Level 3:

    • Asian
    • Latin
    • Mediterranean

    Additionally, the option for a dessert as one of the three courses or dishes has been added to the global cuisine competency.

    Healthy Cooking

    Healthy cooking is being replaced by Plant-Forward cooking. Candidates will be given a basket of ingredients with which they will need to execute a 3-course menu with no more than 2oz of animal protein per 3-course serving.

    Garde Manger has been removed from level 2 and added to level 3 as an elective competency.

    ProChef Level 3

    Global Cuisines

    Only one global cuisine is required for level 3. Candidates will complete the third required region based on their selections for level 2.

    Human Resources and Financial Management remain unchanged with the exception of modernized content.

    Food and Wine Pairing has been removed as a requirement and is now an elective.

    New elements for Level 3 include:


    Candidates will have 5 hours to prepare 4 portions of a plated dessert.


    Candidates will select one of the following electives:

    • Contemporary Garde Manger
    • Food and Wine Pairing
    • Additional Global Cuisine
    • Bread Baking
    • Petition for a cuisine / style of cooking that is a specialty.

    More information on each individual section and competency will be released as it is finalized. Please check back here often to find the new course guides and learning resources.

    The Ultimate Stamp of Approval

    The ProChef Certification program was created by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world's premier culinary college, to provide hands-on skill validation, recognize professional achievement, and give you the knowledge and credentials to advance your career. Certification from the CIA provides the ultimate stamp of approval.

    Certification at Three Levels

    ProChef Certification acknowledges your proficiency in culinary arts, personnel management, and financial administration at three levels, each supporting a specific stage in your career. After successfully completing each level, you will receive a certificate from the CIA. Which level of ProChef Certification is right for you?


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    The Culinary Institute of America is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. Read more here.

  • For CIA ProChef® Certification inquiries

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    312 Pearl Pkwy, Bldg 3
    San Antonio, TX 78215