Get Certified

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

First, download the application drafting form. Next, complete the CPCE application and email to with supporting documentation. 

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

The goals of the CPCE program are to:
  • Establish a nationally recognized standard of competence
  • Promote professional commitment to excellence
  • Endorse active participation in educational offerings that support the continued competency of CPCE
  • Aid employers in identifying qualified personnel
  • Enhance the professional image of industry professionals
  • Provide a sense of personal achievement for the advancement of one’s career

Group Rates Program
Do you have a group interested in taking the CPCE exam? Contact for information about our group rates program.

Award CPCE Credit For Your Class or Seminar
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, submit the contact hour approval application to Approved classes will 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

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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
aStore resource books
benefits for candidates
benefits for employers
CPCE application
exam content outline
recertification application

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