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Cooks and Chefs

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

To protect the public's health, chefs, cooks, and bakers are required by law in most states to possess a health certificate and to be examined periodically. These examinations, usually given by the state board of health, make certain that the individual is free from communicable diseases and skin infections. The American Culinary Federation offers certification at a variety of levels, such as executive chef and sous chef. In addition to educational and experience requirements, candidates must also pass written tests for each certification. Certification from ACF is recommended as a way to enhance your professional standing and advance your career. Certification is also provided by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Research Chefs Association, and the United States Personal Chef Association.

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