• Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Are there prerequisites?
    A: No, there are no prerequisites; however, a minimum of six months in a professional kitchen or foodservice establishment is required for any of our professional development programs.

    Q: How do I know what is required for each level of the ProChef Certification exam?
    A: Download our detailed study guides for more information—Level I, Level II, and Level III.

    Q: Do I need to start at Level I?
    A: The Application Review Committee will evaluate your application and make recommendations based on your education, background, and experience. Many applicants are approved to start at Level II. However, Level II is a prerequisite for Level III.

    Q: How long does it take to achieve certification?
    A: The rate of completion depends upon your background, experience, and culinary knowledge. Some participants may be able to complete the certification within a year, while others may take between three and four years.

    Q: Is there an application deadline?
    A: We recommend registering for the ProChef Certification exam at least eight to 10 weeks in advance.

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    The Culinary Institute of America has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, The Culinary Institute of America has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, The Culinary Institute of America is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

    As an IACET Authorized Provider, The Culinary Institute of America offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

  • For CIA ProChef® Certification inquiries

    Karen Schneck
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499