Culinary Arts Accreditation

  • American Culinary Federation logo

    The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) and has received the Exemplary Program Award.

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.

    What Does Accreditation by the American Culinary Federation Mean to Me as a Student?

    Academic Quality

    Accreditation by American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services. ACFEFAC is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

    ACF Accreditation of a Program Ensures:

    • Curriculum is meeting established industry standards
    • Program accountability and credibility
    • High level of professionalism
    • Up-to-date and current practices

    Certification Opportunities for Students

    Graduates of ACFEFAC-accredited postsecondary degree or certificate/diploma programs are eligible to receive either a Certified Culinarian or Certified Pastry Culinarian certification, depending on the concentration of their program, without paying any fees or taking any separate exams.

    All graduates must provide a copy of their final transcript showing date of graduation and documentation of ACF membership at the time of graduation. Certificate/diploma graduates must also document one year of entry level work experience to receive their certification. Application and documentation must be submitted within one year of graduation.