Friday, October 2, 2009

Certified Food & Beverage program updated

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) revised its Certified Food & Beverage Executive (CFBE) professional certification program to better reflect current food and beverage trends and standards.

After receiving input from industry experts and the EI Certification Commission, EI added new content areas and competencies to all six CFBE topics covered in the program. These topics are are: managing food operations, managing beverage operations, marketing and sales management, financial management, leadership and human resources management.

In addition to content changes, the CFBE resource materials have been reformatted. Candidates now receive a competency-based exam preparation booklet with three-volume resource materials on CD. There is also a new review session with PowerPoint presentations, new sample exam questions and new certification exam questions.

Candidates for the CBFE program must hold a position as an executive level manager or food and beverage director of a hotel food and beverage operation, general manager of a freestanding restaurant or executive chef with at least two years' experience in one or more qualifying positions. For additional information or to download an application, visit