The Culinary Institute of America

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Are there prerequisites?
    A: No, there are no prerequisites; however, a minimum of six months in a professional kitchen or foodservice establishment is required for any of our professional development programs.

    Q: How do I know what is required for each level of the ProChef Certification exam?
    A: Download our detailed study guides for more information—Level I, Level II, and Level III.

    Q: Do I need to start at Level I?
    A: The Application Review Committee will evaluate your application and make recommendations based on your education, background, and experience. Many applicants are approved to start at Level II. However, Level II is a prerequisite for Level III.

    Q: How long does it take to achieve certification?
    A: The rate of completion depends upon your background, experience, and culinary knowledge. Some participants may be able to complete the certification within a year, while others may take between three and four years.

    Q: Is there an application deadline?
    A: We recommend registering for the ProChef Certification exam at least eight to 10 weeks in advance.