Apply to become a CPCE

CPCE is the only professional certification focused exclusively on the business of catering and events. A CPCE designation establishes your expertise and is a clear signal of your professionalism and your commitment to best practices.


Are you eligible to apply for the CPCE?

1. Have you worked full time in the catering & events industry for three years in the past four years? *
2. Have you attended 30 hours of professional development in the past five years?

If yes, then you can apply now!


* If you are a recent graduate of an accredited hospitality college program, you may qualify for the CPCE program with two years of catering and events experience.


Need more credits to obtain your CPCE?

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The Application Process

  • Review the Policy Manual for all of the information and policies related to the program
  • Gather the required documentation
  • Complete your application
Policy Manual

Certification Fees

CPCE application fee: $295 

Candidates will pay the application fee after completing the application and before the application is processed. See the Policy Manual for the full details.

CPCE exam fee: $295

Candidates will pay the exam fee when they schedule their exam after receiving application approval. See the Policy Manual for full details.

CPCE Professional Reference Guide: $99 plus tax and shipping

Candidates are strongly encouraged to purchase the NACE Professional Reference Guide for the Catering and Events Industry, second edition. 

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Group Rate

Do you have a group interested in taking the CPCE exam? Take $50 off each application fee when five or more apply together. Contact for more information.



Visit the Foundation of NACE for scholarship opportunities.