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  • How to Apply to CIA ACAP certificate
  • How to Apply for the CIA Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP)


    The Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP) is designed for students who already have a bachelors degree and have a serious interest in advancing their culinary knowledge.


    1. Complete the application form.

    2. Request official transcripts.

    • Download the Transcript Request Form (PDF) and ask the postsecondary schools (colleges) youve attended to provide your transcripts electronically via Parchment Exchange or mail your official transcripts (not student copies) directly to the CIA Admissions Office.

    3. Submit an essay.

    • Submit a personal statement (300500 words) describing: your purpose for undertaking or continuing your study of culinary arts; your reasons for wanting to study at the CIA; and your professional plans and career goals. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on relevant academic or professional achievements.

    4. Ask for a recommendation.

    • One letter of recommendation is required. It may be from the dean/director of the degree program from which you will be graduating or have graduated or from another professional who can speak to your passion or talent for the culinary arts. Submit our , or you can provide CIA Admissions with your recommenders contact information and we will contact them for a verbal recommendation.

    5. Provide a copy of your r辿sum辿 or CV.


    Thats it! Youre on your way to enrolling at the CIA! Once our admissions staff has reviewed your application and supporting materials, well contact you if anything else is needed.