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Thrive Through Certification

The Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) is a nationally recognized program and the mark of excellence for catering and event professionals. The recognition and opportunities that come with a CPCE designation empower you to fast-track your career or business. Obtaining a CPCE designation shows your employer and clients that you have demonstrated experience and expertise, giving you a competitive advantage.

Our core competencies provide the foundation you need to establish yourself in the catering and events industry and take your career to the next level. Listed below are CPCE’s 8 Core Competencies

  • Accounting
  • Beverage Management
  • Catering Services
  • Contracts & Agreements
  • Food Production
  • Event Management
  • Human Resources
  • Sales and Marketing

“The CPCE is a highly sought after designation in the Catering and Events Industry. I wanted to demonstrate that I was a true professional in my field and I couldn’t think of a better way than having these letters behind my name. In addition, I have gained so much knowledge in the field by studying and preparing for the exam. The entire NACE team was incredible and responsive to any and all questions I had. They made the testing process so smooth even during these uncertain times. I really appreciate NACE as an organization and am so excited to use the CPCE designation to further my career.”

— London Lecy, CPCE, Catering & Convention Services Manager, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start your team on the path to certification today

Do you have a group interested in taking the CPCE exam? Take $100 off each application when five or more apply together. Provide your team with the knowledge catering and event professionals need to be successful today and in the future. Connect with our certification team and we will get you started today!


Timothy S Y Lam Foundation CPCE Scholarship – Applications for 2021 are due February 15, May 15, August 15, November 15.

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Curious if the CPCE is right for you? Contact our CPCE Concierge today to get the advice you need to get started.

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