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The Professional Chefs Association offers the required education courses to reach your quality goals. Our courses are online or paperback. This means you can take our courses where you want and whenever it's convenient.

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  Info Center:
  • What is the PCA-edu Info Center?
    The PCA-edu Info Center is a new family of products from the educational arm of The Professional Chefs Association; complete hospitality management courses available over the Internet. Convenience and low cost are the benefits for you, while still receiving the same high quality educational materials that hospitality schools have, celebrated worldwide.
  • How can PCA-edu help my career?
    You can expand your career options by building management skills or learning the technical side of different operational areas within a hotel, motel, or restaurant. Increase your value on the job by preparing to take on new responsibilities. Whether you're looking to move forward in a hospitality career or wish to learn the latest about a specific area of hospitality, the Professional Chefs Association stands ready to help by offering a full range of practical, easy-to-understand hospitality courses to help hospitality professionals like you reach your goals.
  • Why is PCA-edu the best learning package in the hospitality industry?
    PCA-edu allows you to compete for management positions. With our standardized programs, you can get the hospitality-specific education and training that the industry demands and receive all the advantages of online learning:
    • Earn your customer's loyalty when displaying our Food & Beverage Gold Medal
    • Continue to work while you take courses.
    • Absolute neutral evaluations.
    • Learn on your own time as your schedule permits.
    • No traveling to class- saves you time and money
    • Use materials that are easy to read and understand - all developed by practicing industry experts and hospitality educators.
    • Gain recognition for the knowledge you already have.
    • Great competency tool.
  • How do I get Started?
    It's simple, just follow the steps below and you'll be on your way:
    1. Sign up, complete Registration form and mail to PCA.
    2. Your forms will be processed and you'll receive the  appropriate courses in the mail including tests / test results..
    3. Study required courses and complete tests.
    4. A passing score is 70 percent or better. To guarantee your privacy, absolutely no scores will be given over the phone. Your exam results will be mailed directly to you, along with a written assessment.
    5. Successful establishments will receive appropriate Diploma's, PCA Medal and will be featured on our web site.
  • Do I have to buy a textbook?
    No. Everything you need to complete the courses and exams is available online.
  • How long does it take to complete PCA-edu courses?
    You can progress as quickly as you want without being held up by classroom schedules. For your convenience, you are allowed up to 12 weeks to complete a single course. Individuals who allot regular study time find these generous time frames permit them to work at their own pace while still fulfilling other obligations.
  • Who is behind the development of these courses?
    PCA-edu courses give you an edge in the hospitality industry because they are the only courses actually developed by the industry. We draw on the knowledge and expertise of practicing hotel, motel, and restaurant professionals in the development and regularly updated courses. You are assured of material that is practical, relevant, and up-to-date, reflecting the very latest thinking.
Technical Specifications

Chances are, if you're going to register for one of our courses, your computer system and its software is prepared for the journey. We do not require any special software downloads or fancy plug-ins to take our courses. We do suggest that you have a compatible Web browser to maximize your educational experience. If at any time you need to contact us regarding your configuration, please drop an email to technical support.

Operating System:

  • Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
  • Mac OS 7.1 or better


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or better
  • Netscape 6.0 or better
  • AOL 6.0 or better

If you do not have any of the above browsers, do yourself a favor and download the latest Internet Explorer which can be downloaded directly from Microsoft at: http://www.microsoft.com. Chances are you're missing what the internet has to offer with an older browser.

If you do not have Internet access you will need to have an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). If the provider you choose has a dial-up number, which is local to you, you will not incur any additional phone charges. It is recommended that your Internet service be accessible from either at home or at work. Your local library or university may offer accessibility, but we suggest this not be your primary source for going online. PCA-edu cannot be responsible for the reliability of your Internet connection, so it is important to ensure your local provider can offer consistent, quality service. You will also need e-mail capability which can be arranged with your Internet Service Provider.


"PCA-edu" is your one-stop resource; with courses in nutrition, sanitation, safety, cost control, human resources management, food education, pastry and beverage courses, you're sure to find what you need. Register Today!