The Personal Chef Certificate of Proficiency provides knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the personal chef industry. Career opportunities would be to own and operate your own personal chef business.

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Financial Assistance funds cannot be applied towards this program.

This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at

Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies or appropriate English Placement Score. 
  • MATH-0915 Basic Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra or qualified Math Placement.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Effectively communicate verbally and in writing with customers and other professionals.
  2. Plan, prepare, and properly store foods using personal chef style recipes, tools, equipment and safe and sanitary procedures that meet the customer needs/requirements.
  3. Plan, determine and develop marketing, legal, financial, insurance, and sales strategies to establish and operate an effective Personal Chef business.
  4. Successfully complete ServSafe Certification Exam.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HOSP-1020 Sanitation and Safety 2
HOSP-1031 Fundamentals of Culinary Arts 3
HOSP-1040 Customer Service 2
HOSP-1180 Event Planning Essentials 2
HOSP-1552 Introduction to Baking & Pastries 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
HOSP-1451 Contemporary Cuisine 4
HOSP-1710 Doing Business as a Personal Chef 3
HOSP-2330 Menus and Facilities Planning & Design 3
HOSP-2500 Hospitality Cost Control 3
HOSP-2700 Hospitality Purchasing 2
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours30

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.