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Certified Food And Beverage Executive (CFBE)
 
 

Answer to all your questions – HOW IT WORKS

The Certified Food and Beverage Executive (CFBE) is the most prestigious certification available to a food and beverage executive. It is 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. Fee for the CFBE program is:
AH&LA Members: $375
Nonmembers: $500

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Fee includes: CFBE Exam Preparation Booklet, Three Volume Resource Materials CD, Exam; Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the Exam.
The CFBE designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.

 

CFBE Prerequisites


Who should apply?
A corporate executive is defined as an individual, employed by a firm responsible for the operation of three or more properties, who serves as a regional or corporate director of operations, or has ultimate corporate responsibility for rooms, marketing, accounting and finance, food and beverage, human resources, or engineering.

Prerequisites
Because individual backgrounds vary widely in the hospitality industry, applicants may pursue the Certified Food and Beverage Executive (CFBE) designation through one of three options: Plan A emphasizes an education background; Plan B emphasizes industry experience; and Plan C emphasizes early entry. All plans require documented evidence of managerial experience and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.



Plan A Eligibility -- Education Emphasis

  • At least a 2-year degree from an accredited institution or successful completion of the Educational Institute's five course Food and Beverage Management Specialization program

AND
  • Current full-time employment as an executive-level manager or food and beverage director in hotel food and beverage administration, general manager of a freestanding restaurant facility, or executive chef with at least one year experience in one or more such positions.

Plan B Eligibility -- Experience Emphasis
  • Current full-time employment as an executive-level manager or food and beverage director in hotel food and beverage administration, general manager of a freestanding restaurant facility, or executive chef with at least two years’ experience in one or more such positions.
  • Educators Only: Currently teaching food and beverage hospitality management courses on a full-time basis at an accredited academic institution, have one year experience in this capacity, and have one year of full-time experience in food and beverage management in a lodging hospitality company.

Plan C Eligibility -- Early Entry
Plan C requires a candidate to hold a CFBE qualifying position at the time of application. Plan C does not have an education requirement, but a degree will reduce the length of time you are required to spend in a qualifying position.
Through Plan C you can begin working on your CFBE designation and demonstrating your commitment to professional development the first day on the job. Plan C enables you to take the CFBE certification test up to three times so you can gauge your progress and knowledge against an industry proven standard. You no longer need to wait to see if you meet the benchmark of industry quality. You can prove it, and pursue a strong professional development regimen. This plan will allow individuals who are in qualifying positions to pursue their certification even if they are lacking in experience. A Plan C candidate who is in a qualifying position
  • May sit for the examination BEFORE meeting the experience requirement.
  • May take the examination up to 3 times.
  • May sit for the examination while in the process of completing a hospitality degree.
  • Will be required to submit documentation of employment at the time the experience requirement is met.

 

CFBE Online Assessment Tool


The CFBE Assessment Tool is available only to those hospitality candidates who have submitted a CFBE application to EI and have met the necessary prerequisites for that certification program.
Fee: $75.00USD
Candidates for the Certified Food & Beverage Executive (CFBE) professional certification can test their readiness for the CFBE exam with the CFBE online Assessment Tool available from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI).
The CFBE Assessment Tool is an online diagnostic tool to help assess areas of hospitality knowledge, and prepare candidates prior to taking the CFBE exam. It will help you gauge your expertise in the knowledge and skills needed by today's food and beverage executives.
The CFBE Assessment Tool consists of six 20-question quizzes that correlate to the six sections of the CFBE study guide. These knowledge domains include:


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

Each assessment is a short quiz that can be completed within a limited time period. After completion of the quiz, an evaluation report indicating your score and skill level against the required benchmark is generated and made available to you.
Each 20-question quiz targets a specific knowledge domain with questions similar in format and content to those contained on the CFBE exam. The assessment also:
  • provides valuable feedback including a review of missed items answered and a detailed performance report.
  • provides instant feedback on incorrect answers.
  • identifies where the information may be found in the study guide for further review.

After completion of the quiz, which contains questions similar in format and content to those in the CFBE exam, candidates receive an evaluation report indicating their score and skill level against the required benchmarks. The assessment includes a detailed performance report and a review of missed questions. It also identifies where the correct information may be found in the CFBE study guide for further review.
  • 120 days of access to the diagnostic tool
  • Three opportunities to practice each section
  • Assessment report after each use

 

CFBE Exam


The Certified Food and Beverage Executive (CFBE) Exam is available both online and in print. Interested in taking your certification exam? Our high-quality exams are designed to ensure maximum value to our customers, and each has been rigorously tested before release. The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) offers select certifications exams online.
A proctor may be a CHA, CFBE, a hospitality educator, an AH&LA member association/federation executive, your immediate supervisor or a member of the clergy.
Please keep in mind that your designated proctor cannot be a relative.
The CFBE exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within a three hour time period.
Candidates must submit an application and meet the necessary prerequisites. All online exams require that examinations be administered under the supervision of a proctor.
For additional information, please contact the Educational Institute Professional Certification Department:
email: certification@ahla.com | phone: 1-407-999-8100| fax: 1-407-236-7848 or 1-407-999-8610


 

CFBE Review Session and Exam


Participate in an informally led review session, then take the Certified Food and Beverage Executive (CFBE) exam.
Review sessions are open to individuals enrolled in the CFBE program unless otherwise stated. Upon registering for an upcoming review, a letter of confirmation will be sent to you providing you with more details on the particular program.
A typical review session begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at noon. After a break for lunch, the comprehensive examination will be proctored. For additional information, contact the Institute by calling (888) 575-8726. All review/examination sessions are subject to change without notice. Some programs require a nominal registration fee payable to the sponsoring organization.
Please refer to the Certification calendar for up-to-date listings of review/examination sessions.
Ask about holding an EI-sponsored review/examination session at your next convention or through your local state association. Contact the Certification Department via e-mail at certification@ahla.com or call 1-407-999-8100 for more information.


 
 
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