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Certified Food & Beverage Executive (CFBE®)

 The primary objective for earning the Certified Food & Beverage Executive (CFBE®) designation is to raise the professional standing of the food and beverage executive. Through professional experience and education, candidates sitting for the examination demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant principles in their field. Participation in the CFBE® program recognizes an interest in professional development and a commitment to excellence in the industry. The CFBE® designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.


Qualifying Candidate

Executive-level or management level in food and beverage or culinary operations. Examples: Food and beverage director/manager, assistant food and beverage director/manager, executive chef, restaurant manager, and assistant restaurant manager



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)


Topics covered

1.         Managing Food Operations

2.         Managing Beverage Operations

3.         Marketing and Sales Management

4.         Financial Management

5.         Leadership

6.         Human Resources Management



Candidates must submit an application and meet the necessary prerequisites. The CFBE® program must  be completed within one year from enrollment.

Candidates have the option of extending their enrollment expiration date up to one year upon paying a $100 administration fee.


Fee includes

CFBE® Exam preparation booklet

Resource Materials CD

First Exam

Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the exam


Online Assessment Tool (recommended):

Candidates for the CFBE® designation can test their readiness for the exam with the optional online Assessment Tool. Separate fee applies.



All exams require that examinations be administered under the supervision of a proctor. Individuals must arrange the examination administration through an individual proctor.

Exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within a three hour time period

Passing score: 70% or higher.

Two retakes are allowed if a candidate does not pass the exam. The fee is $150 and must be completed within the same one year time frame of enrollment.

Exam is available online or paper based.


Recertification: Every five years

Once certified, designees are automatically enrolled in the CFBE® Recertification Program, which recognizes and rewards continuing efforts toward hospitality career growth. A new jeweled lapel pin (reflecting the number of years certified) and certificate are awarded at the time of each recertification. www.ahlei.org/recertification