Nationally Recognized Credentials
Graduates of the PCC Culinary Arts program are highly marketable professionals who have achieved academic certificates or degrees, hundreds of hours of real world lab experiences, and nationally recognized credentials or certifications. These credentials are critically important. They increase hiring potential and validate that the holder possesses knowledge about laws, regulations, and protocols regarding safety and management standards. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all food service operations to have one or more employees on the premises who are credentialed in Food Safety/Protection Management. In the Pueblo area, local liquor authorities highly recommend that alcohol handlers are certified in Alcohol Safety, Service and Management. PCC graduates meet both of these standards.
Courses within the Culinary Arts curriculum prepare students for six National Restaurant Association certifications. These certifications are:
- ServSafe® Food Safety Manager
- ServSafe ® Alcohol
- ManageFirst ® Controlling Food Service Costs
- ManageFirst ® Hospitality Human Resource Management
- ManageFirst ® Hospitality Supervision
- ManageFirst ® Purchasing
All PCC Culinary Arts AAS graduates receive the designation of Certified Culinarian™ from the American Culinary Federation.
ACF Certification adds value to the certificate holder, the employers and the public. With thousands of chefs competing in the job market, it is essential to prove your culinary competency. Certification through the American Culinary Federation demonstrates skill, knowledge and professionalism to the food service industry.