About the Exam
 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
The CPCE exam consists of 175 questions and takes about 2.5 hours to complete. You need a score of 70% or more to pass.

For more information, please review the exam content outline.

Take the Exam
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.