CIA Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP)

  • Do you have a passion for food, and want to infuse your career with advanced culinary knowledge and skills? In the CIA Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP), you’ll discover what goes on inside professional kitchens—learning new cooking techniques, ingredients, and culinary technology every step of the way. Our industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a superior hands-on experience that will help you bring your career to the next level. It’s a deep immersion into the professional kitchen world as only the CIA can deliver it!


    • Earn the credential that primes you to step into any kitchen, work with suppliers, and lead professionals across the foodservice industry.
    • 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.
    • Greatly advance your career options with your newfound kitchen knowledge.
    • Expand your professional network to include world-renowned chefs.
    • 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 accelerated program is designed for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree and 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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  • Contact Us

    Admissions Office
    2555 Main Street
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Phone: 1-800-CULINARY
    Alt. Phone: 707-967-2496
    Fax: 845-451-1068
  • Joel Gamoran

    Alumni Spotlight

    Joel Gamoran '08
    Host and Executive Producer, Scraps and National Chef and Director of Culinary, Sur La Table
    Don’t throw out those food scraps; they could be the stepping stone to a career in television. At least they are for Joel Gamoran, a graduate of the CIA’s ACAP who’s host and executive producer of Scraps on the FYI network.
    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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