NACE is continuously developing CPCE to meet the needs of our dynamic industry and encourage professional development of industry professionals. Achievement of the CPCE designation demonstrates expertise in catering and events and is earned by taking a comprehensive examination that covers the core competencies of the industry:
  • Accounting
  • Beverage Management
  • Catering Services
  • Contracts and Agreements
  • Event Management
  • Food Production
  • Human Resources
  • Sales and Marketing
For more information, please review the exam content outline.

Upon application approval, an exam date may be scheduled:
  • Online - date, time and location is candidate's choice. Contact cpce@nace.net for details.
  • Paper - available for groups. Contact cpce@nace.net for details.

"Earning the CPCE designation helped me to work my way up the corporate ladder when I worked in the hotel industry."
Dianna K. Shitanishi, CPCE, CMP
Hawaii Weddings and Events

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benefits for candidates
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CPCE application
exam content outline
recertification application
supervisor verification form

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Contact: cpce@nace.net