CPCE Certification

The Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) designation is the catering and events industry’s most prestigious professional certification!

Download the application drafting form. Apply online at www.naceuniversity.org. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

For helpful guidelines on applying and preparing for the exam, review the steps to become certified and how to get to 60.

NACE is continuously developing the certification to meet the needs of our dynamic industry and encourages the professional development of catering and events industry professionals through voluntary participation in its certification program. Achievement of the CPCE 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.

The goals of the CPCE program are to:

  • Establish a nationally recognized standard of competence in catering and events
  • Promote professional commitment to excellence in catering and events.
  • Endorse active participation in educational offerings that support the continued competency of Certified Professionals in Catering and Events.
  • Aid employers in identifying qualified catering and events personnel.
  • Enhance the professional image of the catering and events industry professionals.
  • Provide a sense of personal achievement for the advancement of one’s career

The Professional Reference Guide for the Catering and Event Industry   Food Safety Management Principles

NACE is excited to offer several opportunities to study for the CPCE exam.

Live webinars, over a set period of time, virtual, interactive, trainer-led, weekly Online Study Groups This platform allows caterers and event planners dedicated to becoming CPCEs to connect with trainers and fellow participants for guided CPCE virtual training. This is the most in-depth and convenient option NACE has ever offered for exam preparation.
In-person, trainer led, classroom,
one day
Fast Track Seminar In conjunction with industry events throughout the U.S; instructors cover key concepts of the eight core competencies that comprise the CPCE exam in a full day of training.
Self-paced Fast Track Toolkit Videos, companion workbook and flash cards cover key concepts of the eight core competencies that comprise the CPCE exam; great for a self-paced learner.

Do you have a group interested in taking the CPCE exam? Contact cpce@nace.net for information about our group rates program.

Do you have an upcoming speaking engagement? Add even more value to your hospitality-related class or seminar by offering CPCE contact hours. To be approved to offer contact hours, please submit the contact hour approval application to cpce@nace.net. Approved classes will be eligible to offer attendees one contact hour per hour of education.

To maintain CPCE status, recertification is required every five years. Recertification is achieved by completing the requirements described on the recertification application. For further information, please email cpce@nace.net.

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Why should you become a CPCE?
The CPCE is distinction, defined. Elevate your career and showcase your expertise in catering and events.

"Earning the CPCE designation is one of the best personal investments that I could have made."
Doug Quattrini, CPCE
Event Producer
Feastivities Events
Philadelphia, PA

CPCE Downloads:
application drafting form
benefits for candidates
benefits for employers
contact hour form
exam content outline
group rates flyer
name change FAQs
press release
recertification application

NACE Store:
The Professional Reference Guide for the Catering and Event Industry
Fast Track Toolkit