CIA Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP)

  • Are you a hospitality manager, nutritionist, or food scientist who’s ready to infuse their career with advanced culinary knowledge? The CIA Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP) enables you to learn more about what goes on inside professional kitchens. Learn cooking techniques, ingredients, and culinary technology. The CIA’s industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that will help you bring your career to the next level.


    • Expand your professional network to include world-renowned chefs.
    • Prepare cuisines of the Americas, Asia, and the Mediterranean.
    • Study flavor strategies and healthy cooking methods.
    • Explore the principles of baking and pastry, as well as food production techniques.
    • Multiply your career paths as you gain valuable kitchen knowledge.
    • Apply for generous scholarship awards.

    Ready to get started? Apply Today!

    Savory Statistics

    The restaurant industry is projected to add 1.6 million jobs by 2027, according to the National Restaurant Association. Sales are expected to reach $798.7 billion in 2017, up 4.3 percent gain over 2016. Having a diversified skillset will only enhance your employability. With the CIA’s ACAP, you’ll find plenty of employment opportunities in many fields, including:

    • Baking or pastry chef
    • Culinary or food science
    • Education
    • Food service management
    • Food technology
    • Guest services
    • Marketing
    • Media professional
    • Nutrition consultant
    • Restaurant management
    • Sous chef

    With so many possibilities, our Career Services staff is ready to help you every step of the way. There’s no network like the CIA network, which includes some of the world’s most renowned culinary, beverage, and hospitality experts.

    The list of celebrated CIA alumni is as diverse as it is extensive. They’ve found success doing what they love. Now it’s your turn.


    The 30-week Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP) includes:

    • 30 credits in culinary arts requirements

    In the ACAP, you will learn the culinary arts fundamentals—cooking methods, flavor development, fabrication techniques, world cuisines, baking and pastry, and more—that will give you a hands-on understanding of the professional kitchen and expand your career opportunities.

    See catalog for curriculum details


    This program is designed for individuals who possess an approved bachelor's degree in hospitality management, restaurant management, food science, or nutrition/dietetics. The CIA may consider students with degrees in the fields of marketing, public relations, or related fields who have a serious interest in advancing their culinary knowledge.

    How to Apply

    Culinary School Costs

    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—more than 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.

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    Apply now for the Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate program!
  • Contact Us

    Admissions Office
    2555 Main Street
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Phone: 1-800-CULINARY
    Alt. Phone: 707-967-2496
    Fax: 845-451-1068
  • Caroline Lynch, accelerated culinary arts certificate alum, now designer culinologist/food scientist

    Alumni Spotlight

    Caroline Lynch Gador
    Designer Culinologist and Food Scientist, IDEO
    “I know for a fact that my CIA education has gotten me to where I am today. I’m the total package having my bachelor’s degree and my certificate from the CIA.”
    Jaime Lepe, CIA accelerated culinary arts program alumni, is catering manager for Mexico Lindo and Tropical Mexico.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Jaime Lepe ’08
    Catering Manager, Mexico Lindo and Tropical Mexico
    Jaime Lepe, Jr. ’08 grew up in the restaurant business. “The cooks and waitresses were my day care. After my homework was done, I’d peel potatoes or shrimp to help out my dad. It’s a family-run business, with all of us invested and involved in its success.”
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