ACF Certified Chef

A “Certified Chef” is a new process that clarifies a chefs past by assessing previous qualifications and / or experience into one simple and reliable statement demonstrating the holder has met industry criteria at their level of experience.

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Why you should become a certified chef:

  • Chef certification provides professional standard among chefs and cooks in Australia similar to the standards set for many professionals (CPA, RD, MD, RN, etc.).
  • Certified Chef provides documentation and validation of culinary experience recognised Australia wide.
  • Being a certified chef provides more opportunities for promotions and advancements within the organization you are employed with or desire to be employed with.
  • Chef certification provides you with a competitive advantage when applying for chef positions.
  • There is a trend among major national corporations, private restaurants and hotels to hire certified chefs.
  • Employers can confidently recognize that you have independently demonstrated a bench mark level of professional commitment and expertise
  • ACF certified chefs are proven professionals.

Renewals

Your Certification is valid for 5 years of which you must maintain your membership of the Australian Culinary Federation. To renew your certification we require a written submission detailing what you have done and achieved in the 5 years since your original application, please also send any supporting documentation, certificates etc. It will be valid for a further 5 years.

 

Qualified chef/cook

The Advantages

  • Universal recognition certificate 3 attainment
  • Evidence of commitment post apprenticeship

The Requirements

Resume & Documentation to prove the following:

  • Completion Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery
  • 12 months full time employment post completion cert 3
  • 2 employment references written with current contact details...1 must be from current employer
  • 1 character referee with current contact details

Application Fee

ACF Members                                              $70

Non Members                                              $140

If your documentation is deemed insufficient for the level of your application an online examination may be required, this will incur a further cost of $100, payable prior to taking the exam

Ongoing

The successful candidates are certified for 5 years, after this time renewal is based on the chefs demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement

The following are an example of what will be taken into consideration

  • Approved CBT training
  • Cookery associated work shops
  • Higher education courses
  • Industry seminars
  • Professional cookery competitions
  • Promotions

Chef de cuisine

The Advantages

  • Is evidence of competency and commitment in applying for a supervisory chef's position
  • Demonstrates the chef’s ability to commercially prepare food and manage a kitchen and supervise staff.
  • Identifies a skilled artisan who has a commitment to excellence

The Requirements

Employed or have been employed as

  • Working head chef
  • Chef who supervises a commercial kitchen
  • Executive Sous chef

Documents to prove the following

  • 12 years full time experience inclusive of professional cookery training
  • Knowledge of kitchen administration, financial management and compliance in addition to knowledge required to be a professional cook/chef
  • Completion of trade qualification/courses/higher education
  • 2 employment references, written with current contact details for verification..1 must be from current employer
  • 2 character referees with current contact details

Application Fee

ACF Members                                              $150

Non Members                                              $220 

 If your documentation is deemed insufficient for the level of your application an online examination may be required, this will incur a further cost of $100, payable prior to taking the exam.

 Ongoing

The successful candidates are certified for 5 years, after this time renewal is based on the chefs demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement

The following are an example of what will be taken into consideration

  • Approved CBT training
  • Cookery associated work shops
  • Higher education courses
  • Industry seminars
  • Professional cookery competitions
  • Promotions

Professional chef

The Advantages

  • Evidence of competency and commitment when applying for a chef's position
  • Demonstrates the chef’s ability to commercially prepare food
  • Identifies a skilled artisan who has a commitment to excellence

The Requirements

Employed or have been employed as

  • Working chef
  • Chef De Partie
  • Station cook/chef
  • Restaurant cook/chef

Resume & Documentation to prove the following:

  • 7 years full time experience inclusive of approved professional cookery training
  • Commercial cookery knowledge of... Butchery and meat cookery, Eggs farinaceous, Equipment, Fish & Shellfish, Food Science, Fruit, Herbs and spices, Hot & Cold Sweets, Hygiene, H.A.C.C.P, Larder & Buffet, Basic MenuPlanning, Methods of Cookery, Mise en place, Nutrition, Occupational Safety, Pastry & Cakes & Yeast, Poultry & Game, Product Knowledge, Salads and Vegetables, Sandwiches & Canapés, Stock Soups and sauces, Techniques, Terminology and an Understanding of continuous development.
  • Completion of any trade qualification/courses/Higher education
  • 2 employment references written with current contact details for verification...1 must be from current employer
  • 1 character referee with current contact details

Application Fee

ACF Members                                               $120

Non Members                                              $190

If your documentation is deemed insufficient for the level of your application an online examination may be required, this will incur a further cost of $100, payable prior to taking the exam.

Ongoing

The successful candidates are certified for 5 years, after this time renewal is based on the chefs demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement

The following are an example of what will be taken into consideration

  • Approved CBT training
  • Cookery associated work shops
  • Higher education courses
  • Industry seminars
  • Professional cookery competitions
  • Promotions

Master Chef

The Advantages

  • Is evidence of competency and commitment in applying for a senior role in an organization
  • Demonstrates the chef’s ability to technically administer the foodservices of an operation
  • Identifies a skilled artisan who has reached the pinnacle of their career

The Requirements

Employed or have been employed as

  • Executive chef
  • Head Chef
  • Held a Certified Chef De Cuisine for 12 Months

Documents to prove the following

  • 20 years full time experience inclusive of professional cookery training
  • Executive knowledge of kitchen administration, financial management, compliance, work  place assessment, staff development & cookery conventions
  • Completion of trade qualification
  • Completion of any courses/ higher education
  • 3 Industry references, written with current contact details for verification ...Current or immediate past employer
  • 2 character referees with current contact details

Application Fee

ACF Members                                             $190

Non Members                                             $260

If your documentation is deemed insufficient for the level of your application an online examination may be required, this will incur a further cost of $100, payable prior to taking the exam.

Ongoing

The successful candidates are certified for 5 years, after this time renewal is based on the chefs demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement

The following are an example of what will be taken into consideration

  • Approved CBT training
  • Cookery associated work shops
  • Higher education courses
  • Industry seminars
  • Professional cookery competitions
  • Promotions