Professional Development


RCA certifies qualified professionals as Certified Research Chefs and Certified Culinary Scientists, providing the food industry with today’s most valuable, sought after product developers who excel in the practice of Culinology® - the blending of culinary arts and food science. In today’s complex food industry, companies are seeking employees who can offer that competitive edge through experience and proven competencies in both culinary arts and food science. RCA certified professionals are preferred by many employers because they guide innovation in this dynamic industry, offering unique credentials and powerful, value-added skills that are truly Defining the Future of Food®.

CRCs and CCSs are highly regarded in the industry, and are therefore employed by some of the most respected food companies in the world. In fact, the Research Chefs Association Certification Commission (RCACC) reports that major food companies are seeking certification for their product development employees, encouraging them to fulfill CRC and CCS eligibility requirements and pursue certification in order to shine as leaders among the competition.

Now, more than ever, companies are recognizing RCA certifications and supporting their employees in their efforts. In fact, a 2012 survey conducted by the Research Chefs Association Certification Commission (RCACC) produced some impressive results. Supervisors, upper management and HR managers of CRCs® and CCSs®, overwhelmingly agree that having an RCA certified employee on staff:

  • Enhances product speed to market (78%)
  • Increases product quality (80%)
  • Increases team functionality (91%), and
  • Increases their chances of earning a higher salary (71%)

It is easier to pursue certification than you may think. If you graduate from a Culinology®-related degree program, you are already eligible to apply. To add to that, this year the RCACC determined that work done by test kitchen R&D professionals to develop standardized and reproducible recipes for the home consumer is acceptable as R&D work experience for CRC® and CCS® eligibility purposes.

Check out  video testimonials of Certified professionals on our YouTube channel!


Contact RCA Education and Certification Sevices Staff Associate Anne Marie DeSimone by email or at (678) 303-2978.

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