NACE Professional Certification

The Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) designation is the catering and events industry’s most prestigious professional certification!

Download the application drafting form. Apply online at www.naceuniversity.org. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

For helpful guidelines on applying and preparing for the exam, review the steps to become certified and how to get to 60.

NACE is continuously developing the certification to meet the needs of our dynamic industry and encourages the professional development of catering and events industry professionals through voluntary participation in its certification program. Achievement of the CPCE demonstrates expertise in catering and events and is earned by taking a comprehensive examination that covers the core competencies of the industry:
  • Accounting
  • Beverage Management
  • Catering Services
  • Contracts and Agreements
  • Event Management
  • Food Production
  • Human Resources
  • Sales and Marketing

The goals of the CPCE program are to:
  • Establish a nationally recognized standard of competence in catering and events
  • Promote professional commitment to excellence in catering and events.
  • Endorse active participation in educational offerings that support the continued competency of Certified Professionals in Catering and Events.
  • Aid employers in identifying qualified catering and events personnel.
  • Enhance the professional image of the catering and events industry professionals.
  • Provide a sense of personal achievement for the advancement of one’s career



Interested in applying for a scholarship?

Timothy S Y Lam Foundation CPCE Scholarship - Available year-round. Applications due February 15, May 15, August 15, November 15.

Richard Suttman CPCE Scholarship - Applications open Summer 2017. Winners will be notified Fall 2017.

 CPCE Members of the  Las Vegas NACE Chapter


Tracey Amernick, CPCE, CMP

Director of Special Events & Group Sales
Kohn Restaurant Group




Kathy Baldieri, CPCE
Director of Food and Beverage/Catering
Spanish Trail Country Club

Donnell Bayot, M. Ed., CPCE, CHE, CFBE
Second Vice-President NACE National
Director of Academic Affairs
The International School of Hospitality

Tammi Booth CPCE
Catering Manager

 Greg Casella, CPCE

Greg Casella, CPCE
Catered Too

Lynn Marie Clark-Javanmard, CPCE, CMP
Convention Services Manager

Jennifer Corenblith CPCE 
President, Las Vegas NACE
Meetings Sales Systems Manager
Caesars Entertainment 


Kathy Dyke CPCE
Event Designer
By Dzign


Chip Heim CPCE, CMP
Catering Conference Manager
The Palazzo | The Venetian| Sands Expo

Michael Huettner CPCE, CMP
Assistant Director Conference Services
The Palazzo | The Venetian| Sands Expo



Shauna Lederman, CPCE, CHE

Director of Sales & Special Events

estiatorio Milos 

Gary McCreary, CPCE, CSEP, CMP
Vice President Catering & Convention Operations
The Venetian | The Palazzo Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV

Josette Murai CPCE, CMP
Convention Services Manager
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Services



Michele Polci, CPCE, CMP
Parliamentairan / Historian NACE Las Vegas Chapter
Director of Citywide Catering Sales
Caesars Entertainment

Nancy Rodriguez, CPCE
Treasurer, Las Vegas NACE
Director of Creative and Operations
By Dzign, LLC


Tony Shinn CPCE, CMP
Catering Manager
The Mirage


Patti Shock, CPCE, CHT

Academic Consultant

Harvey Stern CPCE, CMP

Executive Director of Catering and Banquets


David Tapper, CPCE, CMP
Catering Sales Manager
The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Michael Testagrossa, CPCE, CHE, CGSP
Michael Testagrossa, CPCE, CHE
Past President, NACE Las Vegas Chapter
Catering & Convention Services
Caesars Palace Las Vegas


Anne Wieda CPCE, CMP
Catering & Conference Service Manager
The Palazzo | The Venetian| Sands Expo