There are nine levels in total. Click here to find out about them on the welcome page
There is a standard set of criteria for each level which you are required to review before applying. These criteria are set out in the handbook which is available for you to download on our certification website.
Click here to choose the level you think may be the right level for you and have a look at the criteria.
Click here to see the application process to see an overview of the application process.
No, unfortunately, you cannot. It is your responsibility to ensure that you apply for the correct level. Information on each level is freely available on our website and there are several reminders during the application process, asking you to make sure you apply for the correct level.
The application is open to anyone who has the right level of skills, experience and expertise. Therefore, if you are able to meet the criteria for the Master Chef level, you may of course apply.However, as a pastry chef, it may be more appropriate for you to look at the criteria for the Master Pastry Chef level and see if you are able to meet them click here to see the MPC homepage.
The application fee covers your personal Learning Assistant account, access to the assessment materials for the level chosen, the assessment process and the e-certification.
No, unfortunately you cannot. You must have a witness who is able to confirm your level of expertise and skills.
You may want to have a look at the lower levels and see if you can meet the requirements set for those levels. If you feel you don't have the required level of experience for a particular level, you should not proceed with an application. Instead, have a look at the requirements for the lower levels.
No, you don't. You may apply for a different certification level any time. Please remember that each level requires a different level of skills, expertise and experience, so you will need to make sure that you meet the requirements for the next level up.
No, you don't. We treat each application on an individual basis. It is your choice to apply when you want to. Each certificate is valid for seven years, from the date of issuing.
No, we cannot, sorry. You can however re-use and re-submit the evidence that meets the requirements for the lower level, but the evidence will need to be uploaded under the new application in Learning Assistant for the assessor to see.
Yes, you can. Please note that each application requires an application fee to be paid.
Registration is the process you go through on the WorldChefs website, once you have read the standards and when you confirm that you want to apply for certification. As part of your registration, you will be asked to confirm the level you want to apply for, enter your personal details and make a payment (for the application fee). Application is the process when you gather and submit your evidence in Learning Assistant to a WorldChefs assessor for evaluation. It is during the application process that you are required to complete the application form, among other documents, and also demonstrate your knowledge, skills and experience appropriate to the level you have chosen.
You will need to have a basic level of English in order to be able to apply. You are allowed to seek help from friends, family and colleagues to help you understand the form and the instructions. However, the evidence you submit must be your own work and those helping you with the application must not provide the answers for you. You will be asked to sing a 'candidate declaration' when you submit your application to confirm that the evidence you are submitting is your own work.
No, not at this stage. The certification scheme is currently only available in English. It is in our plans to launch it in other languages, too, but we do not yet know when it is going to happen.
You may apply as many times as you would like, but you will be asked to make a new application every time and pay the application fee every time. The WorldChefs assessor will provide you with feedback on why you did not succeed (if you failed), so you should take this feedback into account and make sure that the areas of weakness have been addressed. This will help to ensure that your next application is successful.
No, you don't. The WorldChefs certification system is open to everyone.
Once you complete the registration process and make a payment, you will be issued with a Learning Assistant account and will receive your log-in details by email. You are then ready to start your application.
The WorldChefs certification scheme is an online scheme and, to keep costs (and the application fee!) as low as possible, we don't have customer call team on stand-by to take calls. You can however email your queries to WorldChefs and the team will do their best to give you guidance on where you can find the information you require.
No, you cannot. The scheme is online and all interactions happen online. We will not be able to accept applications by post, email or any other means other than applications submitted through Learning Assistant.
The scheme requires a minimum of level of IT literacy. If you are unable to use a computer and there is nobody to help you, you may not be able to apply. You may want to think of friends, family members or colleagues who could help. You are allowed to ask for help with the IT side of the application such as making the payment, downloading the forms and uploading and submitting the evidence, but you must ensure that the evidence you submit is your own work.
Learning Assistant is an electronic portal which allows candidates who apply for the WorldChefs culinary certification programme to submit their evidence online.
You will receive our log-in details (username and password) after you have paid the application fee on the WorldChefs website.
You will receive your username and password by email from the 'Learning Assistant'. If not please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
No, you cannot. You will receive a new Learning Assistant account with each new application. Each Learning Assistant account has a unique username attached to it which cannot be re-used, for quality and audit purposes.
No, you cannot. All evidence must be uploaded in Learning Assistant.
You can send an email request to WorldChefs at email@example.com.
You have two attempts in total: your first (original) submission and your second (final) submission.
The first submission is when you submit your evidence for the first time.
The second submission is when you submit additional evidence/criteria, as required by the WorldChefs assessor. You must ensure that your second submission contains all the information/evidence the assessor asked for as this is your final chance for you to add anything to your application, before a final decision is made.
All the documents you require will be available in Learning Assistant. You will also have a Candidate guide to explain what you need to do with each document.
You are allowed to make two submissions in total. You can make changes after your first (original submission), but not after your second (final submission). We therefore always ask candidates to double check what documents they have uploaded to make sure they are the correct files.
The coloured blocks show your progress on the certificate scheme:
- Grey (light blue) means you have been given access to Learning Assistant, but are still gathering your evidence
- Blue means that you have made your first submission. Your evidence is with the assessor for evaluation.
Your blocks will remain blue during your first (original) and second (final submission).
- Green means that you have successfully completed an element and are awaiting final sign-off for certification. Once your blocks have turned green, you don't have to do anything.
- Purple means that your results have been submitted for certification and you will receive your access details to your electronic account from WorldChefs.
As part of the application process you will have access to a detailed Candidate guide to Learning Assistant which will provide you with a step-by-step explanation on how to use Learning Assistant. Please make sure you read this document carefully as it has all the information you require. If you still have questions, you may email WorldChefs firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
Please check the Candidate guide to Learning Assistant as it contains the instructions you require. If you still need some help, you may email WorldChefs email@example.com.
No, we currently do not accept video clips as evidence.
I forgot to save some documents in my Learning Assistant account, what do I do?
Just log back into Learning Assistant and upload your completed forms.
If you haven't spotted that some of the documents are missing, your WorldChefs assessor will notify you and ask you to submit the missing documents.
No, it doesn't. It is practical to follow the order in which the forums and the documents appear on the screen, just to that you can easily keep track of where you are, but it is entire up to you.
Try to exit the RESOURCE folder and go back again. If the problem persists, please email WorldChefs firstname.lastname@example.org
All the forms are within the relevant folder in Learning Assistant. However, if you think a form is missing, please email WorldChefs indicating which form you cannot find email@example.com.
We don't use reference numbers as such. Your personal reference is your Learning Assistant username which you will be asked to add to the forms you will complete.
You may three months to prepare your evidence.
Yes, you can, no problem. However, please note that the 30-day assessment period will only start once all of your evidence has been uploaded.
You have a maximum of three months to complete your evidence, including the application form.
Evidence uploaded can be edited as long as it has not yet been submitted for assessment. Please refer to the Candidate guide to Learning Assistant, available in your Learning Assistant account, for detailed instructions.
Please refer to the Candidate guide to Learning Assistant, available in your Learning Assistant account, for detailed instructions.
No, you cannot. The WorldChefs assessors will only be able to accept the evidence which is outlined in the scheme documentation so make sure this is what you are submitting.
The 'candidate declaration' is a formal statement that you, as the candidate, make to confirm that all the evidence you submit in Learning Assistant is your own work. If there are ever questions over the authenticity of the evidence submitted, this statement will be referred to.
The 'candidate declaration' confirms that you, as the candidate, understand that you are required to submit your own work and the evidence you are submitting is your own work. WorldChefs can use this statement as evidence if there are questions over the evidence you have submitted.
If you are required to submit a recipe for a menu item, you will need to include the name of the dish/product, ingredients, directions, cooking/baking methods and equipment used.
The witness is a person who is technically able to comment on your work and culinary skills. This person is likely to be your manager, the owner of the culinary operation or a peer (subject to approval by WorldChefs). The witness provides an external confirmation that you have demonstrated the skills and experience required.
If you are completing a course to become a Professional Cook and your school has been approved by WorldChefs for the fast track application route, your teacher will be able to act as a witness. In all other cases, the witness is likely to be your manager, the owner of the culinary operation or a peer.
You are given a 'referral' when your first (original) submission has some gaps and your WorldChefs assessor asks you for more information or missing/new piece of evidence. It essentially means that you need to do a bit more work to get a pass.
Your application will be assessed by WorldChefs within 30 calendar days. You may, if you wish, set up an email notification in your Learning Assistant account so that you receive an email when your WorldChefs assessor has looked at your application. Please refer to your Candidate guide to Learning Assistant for instructions.
Yes, your WorldChefs assessor will provide you with feedback on your application form. You will receive a feedback even if you have been successful to say that no further action is required.
You will be able to communicate with your WorldChefs assessor in your Contact Diary within Learning Assistant. However, please note that the WorldChefs assessor will be in touch with you on a maximum of two occasions:
- after your first (original) submission to provide you with a complete list of what is missing from your application (if anything)
- after your second (final) submission, if there is a second submission, to advise you on the outcome.
The assessors will be unable to answer any other queries.
The ticks and the question marks are used by the assessors to mark which requirements have been achieved and which require a bit of work. You don't need to worry about these as the assessor puts them into Learning Assistant. The green tick means that you have completed a particular requirement.
The ticks and the question marks are used by the assessors to mark which requirements have been achieved and which require a bit of work. You don't need to worry about these as the assessor puts them into Learning Assistant. The question mark means that something is missing from a particular requirement and you will be required to submit further information/ evidence.
No, you don't. The ticks and the question marks are used by the assessors to mark which requirements have been achieved and which require a bit of work. You don't need to worry about these as the assessor puts them into Learning Assistant.
You will receive your certificate after your results have been verified by WorldChefs. This typically happens within a week of your evidence being signed off by your WorldChefs assessor, but in some cases it may take a few more days. Our aim is to issue the electronic certificate within no more than 14 calendar days. You will receive an electronic certificate (pdf) through an electronic certification system called 'mycertis'. Log-in details and instructions will be send to you in due course.
Yes, you can. As part of the scheme, you will receive an e-certificate which you can print, if you want to. You can however also order a professionally printed certificated, on the original certificate paper, which will have the hologram and all the built in security features.
At the bottom of each page you can look at the application fees for each certification.
Each certificate is valid for seven years from the date of issue.