• CIA Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP)

  • Broaden Your Career Options!

    With all the amazing and diverse career paths in the foodservice industry, now is the time to turn your passion for food into the career that you always wanted. When you combine your existing bachelor’s degree in hospitality, food science, nutrition, or related field with a CIA credential, you’ll have the fundamental culinary knowledge and skills in culinary arts to tackle the “food” side of the industry. Students who have a bachelor's degree in communications, photography, marketing, or media must supply a Statement of Purpose along with their ACAP application describing their interest in and purpose for advancing their culinary knowledge. 

    The Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP) will round out your knowledge and skills as you gain hands-on learning experience and a more in-depth knowledge of the culinary arts. You’ll prepare a wide variety of global cuisines and have extraordinary learning and networking opportunities working alongside world-renowned chefs. Immerse yourself in the dynamic, challenging, and rewarding world of professional kitchens through ACAP, and raise the bar on your career possibilities.

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    In CIA's 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.
    • CIA scholarships up to $6,500 are available for those who qualify.


    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 other majors in the fields of marketing, public relations, 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


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



    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
  • Epsilon Sellas, CIA accelerated culinary arts certificate program (ACAP) alumni, is Culinary Development Assistant at Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc.

    Spotlight On: Epsilon Sellas '10Culinary Arts, ACAP

    “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.”
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