Become a CPCE

Thrive Through Certification

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.

Get certified and join a growing, elite community of top catering and event professionals.

How to get started

  • Download the Policy Manual
  • Review eligibility requirements 
    • Note: Candidates who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply for CPCE as long as they were employed as of March 1, 2020. All other certification eligibility requirements remain in place.
  • Gather your required documentation
  • Complete your application and Supervisor Verification Form
  • Prepare for the CPCE exam


The fee for CPCE application is $525, which includes one sitting of the exam. Candidates who do not pass the exam may retake it within one year of application approval for a $200 fee.

Are you eligible to apply for the CPCE?

1. Have you worked full time in the catering & events industry in the past three years?
2. Have you attended 30 hours of professional development in the past five years?
3. Do you have your $525 exam fee or scholarship secured?

Contact our CPCE Concierge to Apply

Group Rates

Do you have a group interested in taking the CPCE exam? Take $100 off each application when five or more apply together. Contact for more information.

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