In July 2011, the American Culinary Federation Education Foundations Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) granted accreditation renewal for the Culinary Arts and the Baking and Pastry Arts certificate programs at IUP.
ACFEFAC is the only culinary arts accrediting body recognized by the Council of Higher Education in the United States.
Programs accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) are evaluated by a process of national standards comparison and demonstrate no areas of noncompliance within ACFEF standards.
Accreditation assures that the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts programs practice high levels of professionalism and maintain accountability and credibility, curriculum standards, and current educational practices.
Additionally, the ACFEF identified the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts programs as “Exemplary” by national standards.
“Exemplary” status is awarded to those programs found to be exhibiting all required areas of ACFEF standards to a substantial degree.
ACFEF standards consist of eligibility, program mission and goals, organization and administration, faculty and staff, curriculum, facilities, student services, and assessment.
Graduates of the IUP Culinary Arts and the Baking and Pastry Arts ACFEFAC-accredited programs are eligible for the American Culinary Federation Culinarian or Pastry Culinarian certification without any additional fees or exam requirements.