CIA Turbo Option

  • Get College Credit for Work Experience in Food

    Earn your CIA degree in as little as 15 months with this accelerated degree program option.

    Great news! Your time in the food industry may qualify you for college transfer credits for your work experience that can enable the CIA to waive your externship semester. That means you could earn your CIA degree in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts faster! If you have full-time, hands-on work experience in professional kitchens that features progressive levels of responsibility, the CIA Turbo Option is for you.

    Here’s what you need to qualify:

    • At least 2 1/2 years of post-high school, full-time foodservice experience
    • Demonstrated skill and achievement in a professional kitchen

    Here’s how to apply:

    1. Choose your campus—New York, California, or Texas.
    2. Submit your CIA application for admission.
    3. Complete the “Application for Externship Credit” form, where you can upload your:
      • Résumé
      • Additional professional letter of recommendation
      • Supporting information that demonstrates your experience—e.g., menus, photos, and/or links to social media sites like LinkedIn
    4. Interview with a CIA representative, as requested.

    You can submit your application for the CIA Turbo Option externship waiver any time prior to, or before the end of, your first semester at the CIA. You’ll be notified of a decision within two weeks of the application decision. Please be aware that seats are limited for this unique accelerated degree program offering, so apply now!