• How to Apply to CIA ACAP certificate
  • Applying to ACAP

    Step-By-Step Guide to Applying for the CIA Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP)

    The Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP) is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, restaurant management, food science, nutrition/dietetics, or a related field and have a serious interest in advancing their culinary knowledge.

    To apply to ACAP, just follow these steps:

    1. Complete our application form.

    • To apply online: choose one of the following methods:
    • To apply by mail:
    • The Culinary Institute of America
      Attn: ACAP Admissions
      1946 Campus Drive
      Hyde Park, NY 12538

    2. Submit a Statement of Purpose.

    • You must submit a 300- to 500-word statement describing:
      • your purpose for undertaking or continuing your study of culinary arts;
      • your reasons for wanting to study at the CIA; and
      • your professional plans and career goals.
    • You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on relevant academic or professional achievements.

    3. Pay your $50 application fee.

    • If applying online, you can pay by credit card. If applying by mail, include a check or money order with your paper application.

    4. Ask for a recommendation.

    • One letter of recommendation is required. It may be from the dean/director of the degree program from which you will be graduating or have graduated or from another professional who can speak to your passion or talent for the culinary arts. Recommendations can be submitted by:

    5. Request official transcripts.

    • Download the Transcript Request Form (PDF) and ask the postsecondary schools (colleges) you’ve attended to provide your transcripts electronically via Parchment Exchange or mail your official transcripts (not student copies) directly to the CIA Admissions Office.

    That’s it! You’re on your way to enrolling at the CIA! Once our admissions staff has reviewed your application and supporting materials, we’ll contact you if anything else is needed.

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