Get Certified

Making a commitment to the catering and events profession means making your mark. By becoming a Certified Professional in Catering and Events you are elevating your credibility in the hospitality industry and increasing your marketability for career advancement.
  1. Download the application drafting form. Full of valuable information, this form allows a draft of application before submission.
  2. Complete the CPCE application and Immediate Supervisor Verification and Candidate Signature Form.
  3. Email these two forms to along with supporting documentation (documentation guidelies may be found in the drafting form). 
  4. The application fee is $525 for members and nonmembers and does not include a discount on the Professional Reference Guide (recommended resource).

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.

Interested in applying for a scholarship? 
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

"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
supervisor verification form

NACE Store: CPCE study resources


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