Certified Food And Beverage Executive (CFBE®)

The Certified Food and Beverage Executive (CFBE®) is the most prestigious certification available to a food and beverage executive. It identifies the recipient as part of an elite group of hospitality professionals who by combining education and experience with dedication to the industry have achieved a high level of expertise. Globally recognized, the CFBE® is a highly respected professional credential that validates your advanced knowledge in the hospitality industry. It is an honor awarded to food and beverage professionals whose leadership and managerial abilities are exemplary. Achieving the CFBE® certification announces that you have a place among the best in your profession, are abreast of current trends and latest hospitality protocols; and serves as leverage in current and future career opportunities. The CFBE® designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.

  • Managing Food Operations
  • Managing Beverage Operations
  • Marketing and Sales Management
  • Financial Management
  • Leadership
  • Human Resources Management

Because individual backgrounds vary widely in the hospitality industry, applicants may pursue the CFBE® designation if currently employed in these qualifying position(s):

Executive-level or Management-level in food and beverage or culinary operations.

Candidate Time in Position: 1-year, OR

  • One current AHLEI management , department head, or executive certification takes 6 months off time requirement (limit 1)
  • Degree from an accredited academic institution will take 6 months off time requirement (limit 1)

At the end of the workshop, the instructor will proctor a paper-based exam. If you choose not to take the exam at the workshop, we require that individuals arrange to take their examination within two weeks of the last day of the workshop (must be an approved proctor).

The CFBE® exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within a three hour time period. All test questions are designed to test the candidate’s mastery of various competencies derived from six key areas of knowledge in combination with on-the-job hospitality work experience.

The key areas of testing are:

  • Managing Food Operations
  • Managing Beverage Operations •
  • Marketing and Sales Management
  • Financial Management
  • Leadership
  • Human Resources Management

Once certified, designees are automatically enrolled in the CFBE® Recertification Program, which recognizes and rewards continuing efforts toward hospitality career growth. A portfolio to help track professional-development activities is provided. Every five years, the Certification Commission will recertify those who qualify based on their accomplishments. A new jeweled lapel pin (reflecting the number of years certified) and certificate are awarded at the time of each recertification.

The applications must be submitted not later than 4 weeks prior to the workshop.

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Fee includes:
  • 3-day workshop led by a certified instructor, Tom Kronbladh
  • CFBE® Exam Preparation Booklet,
  • Resource Materials CD,
  • Exam;
  • Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the Exam.


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