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ACF Certification Assessments

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) has represented cooks, bakers and culinary professionals in the United States since 1929. The ACF has a long tradition of ensuring quality education for the culinary arts and foodservice professions.

NOCTI serves as the assessment provider for the ACF Certification Assessments that are available to all ACF-certified schools. Participants passing the assessments are eligible for certification through ACF. The certification exams that are currently offered are listed below. Assessment blueprints are available by clicking the test title.


ACF Culinary Arts Certification
ACF Retail Commercial Baking Certification

Administration Details

  • The assessment can be administered either paper/pencil or online through QuadNet, NOCTI’s online assessment system
  • Pre- and post-testing options are available
  • Test administration time is 3 hours and can be administered in one, two, or three sessions
  • Tests are available in Text-to-Speech format

Customized Study Guides

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Study guides are available for each of the ACF Certification Assessments. Study Guides are intended to serve as a road map for test preparation and can be used individually or in small groups. Sample questions provide an opportunity for students and teachers to experience the type of questions found on the assessments. Click here for pricing and order information.


The American Culinary Federation (ACF) offers a certification for graduates of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Secondary Certified programs. Students are able to obtain a certification if they meet the requirements listed on the ACFEF Grad Cert Requirements.

Those passing an ACF assessment by meeting the qualifying scores are eligible to apply for their certification through the ACF. The assessment results are to be returned with the Application forms directly to ACF.

College Credit Recommendation and Digital Badge

The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) has evaluated the ACF Certification Assessments listed above to translate the content into college credit equivalencies. Students must meet a 70% benchmark on the written assessment to be eligible. A College Credit Recommendation Report will be posted to the Client Services Center for each eligible student at no additional cost. For more information, including a list of eligible assessments and their corresponding college credit recommendation, visit here. Students achieving college credit will also have access to a digital badge recognizing their achievement!