The Culinary Institute of America

  • Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program

    Broaden Your Career Options with ACAP

    Do you have a degree in hospitality management, food science, or nutrition? And do you want to gain an understanding and command of the dynamic, challenging, and rewarding world of professional kitchens? With your current degree, you're certainly primed to excel in some areas of your chosen profession. But how prepared are you to tackle the "food" side of the equation?

    The Culinary Institute of America has the solution—the Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP). Designed exclusively for graduates of hospitality management, food science, nutrition, and related bachelor’s degree programs, ACAP provides food-focused professionals with extensive culinary knowledge and professional kitchen experience. Completed in just 30 weeks, it's the perfect program to enhance your effectiveness in foodservice and increase your career marketability. 

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    In the accelerated culinary arts certificate program in California, you will:

    • Learn about food ingredients and professional equipment.
    • Build knife skills and learn cooking principles for proteins, starches, and vegetables.
    • Prepare cuisines of the Americas, Asia, and the Mediterranean.
    • Learn about flavor strategies and healthy cooking methods.
    • Explore baking and pastry principles and production techniques.


    This program is designed for individuals who possess an approved bachelor's degree in hospitality management, restaurant management, food science, nutrition/dietetics, or related fields, and have a serious interest in advancing their culinary knowledge.



    Culinary Fundamentals*
    6 credits
    Ingredients and Techniques of Fabrication
    3 credits
    Introduction to À la Carte Cooking
    3 credits
    Contemporary Topics in Culinary Arts
    3 credits
    Total Credits: 15


    Baking and Pastry Skill Development
    3 credits
    Cuisines of the Americas
    3 credits
    Cuisines of Asia
    3 credits
    Culinary Practical Examination I
    Cuisines of the Mediterranean
    3 credits
    Garde Manger
    3 credits
    Total Credits: 15

    Total Credits for Certificate: 30 in 30 weeks


    The CIA is very committed to making your CIA education as affordable as possible. Our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and here's even better news—approximately 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

    Don't let applying for financial assistance keep you from going to the world's premier culinary college. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will work with you to help make attending the CIA an affordable investment in your future in the world of food.


    Design a Career That's Just Right for You

    When you combine your bachelor's degree with the skills you'll learn in the ACAP, your career options will instantly multiply. Take a look at just a few of the positions in which CIA ACAP alumni are working:

    • Country club sous chef
    • Culinary concept specialist
    • Demonstration chef
    • Dietitian
    • Director of culinary innovation
    • Educator
    • Food science/lab technician
    • Food technologist
    • Guest services manager
    • Hotel line cook
    • Manager of culinary services
    • Marketing manager
    • Media spokesperson
    • Nutrition consultant
    • Private chef
    • Research assistant
    • Restaurant assistant manager
    • Restaurant general manager
    • Sous chef
    • Specialty store manager
    • Technical service scientist
    • Test kitchen chef
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    “Being a CIA graduate sets you apart from the crowd, it gives you an edge and adds value to you as an employee. The standards and professional environment of the school prepares you to go right out into the field. The commitment to my education reflects the commitment I have towards my career. My boss can see the value I place on a job well done, this all stems from the caliber of education I received.”