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2019 blue ribbon school
Atlantic Technical College

Get Started on your Career Plan Today!

Step 1 Attend a Program Orientation

Step 2  Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria

  • See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
  • Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
  • Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.

Step 3  Meet with your counselor/advisor

  • Receive test results
  • Discuss technical or academic program placement
  • Special needs
  • Financial aid
  • Registration procedures

Step 4  Registration and Enrollment

Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality

This program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).

Program Length:
     1200 hours (approximately 12 months full time)

Delivery Method:
Traditional – 100% classroom based

Days & Times:
     Monday – Friday     7:05 a.m. –  2:35 p.m.

Course Content:
For the individual who is looking to work in the hospitality industry, our program is a comprehensive, practical, hands-on experience for volume food preparation.  We immerse the future professional in many aspects of the commercial food industry.  Students will be taught through hands-on experiences in setting-up banquets and food preparation, including hors d’oeuvres, smoking meats, charcuterie, along with baking and pastry basics.

We are a comprehensive, fast-paced classroom where all competencies help to prepare the serious individual for entry level employment in various commercial food service establishments.  Our students learn the critical importance of sanitation through attaining their ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certification, as well as through nutrition basics and restaurant management within the courses.  This program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).

Additional Skills Covered:

  • Basic Science/Math Skills
  • Catering & Beverage Service
  • Classical Cuisine
  • Dining Room Service
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Equipment Operation
  • Fruit, Vegetable & Salad Prep.
  • Hospitality, Communication & Employability Skills
  • International Cuisine
  • Meat, Poultry & Seafood Prep.
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Volume Foods

ACFEF Culinary Courses
Safety & Sanitation • Nutrition • Management

Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.

College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Standing:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an AS/AAS Degree by Broward College or select schools in the Florida College System. Students must enroll in Broward College within 2 years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.

Program Outcomes and Success Measures

Rate (%)
Job Placement
Rate (%)
ACF Certification
Rate (%)
80% 87% 3%
Rate (%)
Job Placement
Rate (%)
ACF Certification
Rate (%)
79% 85% 3%

To get started in Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality, sign up today for a program orientation.

Counselor: doris.gonzalez@browardschools.com.

View our Food Inspection Reports, ATC Inspection Report 2-27-20  

Click here to view our latest Sanitation Certification.

Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:

  • Demand for entry level chefs are expected to grow about 14%* between 2014 and 2024.
  • Entry level wages are about $11/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity