Master the Kitchen, Advance Your Career

You have a passion for food and the desire for career growth. Now all you need is the culinary knowledge to bring it all together. That’s where the CIA Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP) comes in.  In just 30 weeks at our California campus, you’ll gain advanced, hands-on skills and insight to understand how the professional kitchen works—from the inside.

Your Time Is Now

Fire Up Your Future at the CIA

Get ready to advance your career

Industry-Leading Faculty

Our faculty literally wrote many of the definitive culinary books—other colleges teach from them.

Most Powerful 
Alumni Network

Join the food world’s most powerful alumni network with 50K+ industry leaders and changemakers.

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Real-World Experience

Get real-world experience in our award-winning, student-run, public-service restaurants.

Lifelong Career Resources

Gain lifelong access to career resources including career advisement, networking events and industry-wide career fairs.

The CIA Advantage

So, where can your newfound CIA culinary knowledge and skills lead you? ACAP graduates are finding success in positions as diverse as test kitchen chef, food technologist, marketing manager, educator, nutrition consultant, and more. And from the day you graduate, you’ll be ready to step into kitchens around the world, work with suppliers, and be primed to lead professionals across the foodservice industry. That’s the CIA advantage that gets you noticed—and even better—promoted.

I know for a fact that my CIA education has gotten me to where I am today. If you have the opportunity to enroll in the ACAP program at the CIA, go for it. You get down to basics and learn from the foundation up. The people you meet will be with you for a lifetime.

Caroline Lynch Gador ’08
Senior Manager, Research and Innovation, Plant-based Food and Beverage, Danone, Denver, CO

I wanted something quick so I could get back to work as soon as possible. I spoke with some people who attended the CIA, and they sounded so excited about the ACAP curriculum. And they all had great jobs right after school.

Jaime Lepe ’08
Director of Operations, JML Mexican Restaurants, Pomona, CA

What They’re Saying

#1 in college ROI among degree-granting culinary colleges.

For the best return on investment, choose the CIA. We’re dedicated to developing future leaders of the food and beverage industry. A recent independent analysis of 4,500 colleges across the country shows a degree from the CIA not only pays back immediately but grows over time.  

And the college return on investment for a CIA education is higher every decade—10,20, 30, even 40 years—after graduation.  In fact, CIA’s 10-year return is significantly higher than the average for all colleges in the country.

Invest in Your Future—You’re Worth It!

You’re going to absolutely love life on and around our fun, friendly, food-centric California campus.  Why? Well, one reason is the CIA’s location in the incredible Napa Valley, a region filled with arts, culture, and, of course, premier food and wine. Another big one is that our close-knit residential campus community feels just like family.

College Life with a Culinary Twist


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