Accreditation

What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter?

Accreditation is a voluntary process of peer evaluation administered by independent accrediting agencies. These accreditors establish quality control standards and criteria for schools and assess their ability to meet those standards. The goal of accreditation is to enhance the educational quality of a school, to push for its academic improvement, and to assure accountability.  All Le Cordon Bleu schools are institutionally accredited.

Institutional Accreditation

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago is regionally accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
800.621.7440
312.263.0456
www.hlcommission.org

All other Le Cordon Bleu institutions are nationally accredited by:

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4241
www.acics.org

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is no longer recognized by the U.S. Department of Education effective December 12, 2016. Le Cordon Bleu has 18 months from this date (until June 12, 2018) to find a new accrediting agency to maintain eligibility to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs. If the institution does not obtain accreditation within that 18 month period, the institution will no longer be eligible to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs. However, Le Cordon Bleu has already ceased enrolling new students and has entered into a teach-out of currently enrolled students. Since the teachout will be completed within the 18 month period, it is not necessary to seek a new institutional accreditor. Any Le Cordon Bleu student who has a complaint relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, the quality of education received at Le Cordon Bleu, or otherwise relating to the accreditation standards of its former accrediting agency (ACICS) can submit that complaint to the institution and/or to any of the federal and state agencies listed below.

Federal

U.S. Department of Education Student Complaint website
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman

State

Arizona

  • Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 West Washington, Suite 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007
  • Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Information and Complaints, 1275 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007-2928

California

  • Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, P.O. Box 980818, Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
  • Public Inquiry Unit Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 944255, Sacramento, CA 94244-2550

Florida

  • Florida Commission for Independent Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399
  • Office of Attorney General, State of Florida, The Capitol PL-01, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

Georgia

  • Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084-5305
  • Georgia Department of Law, Consumer Protection Unit, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SE, Suite 356, Atlanta, GA 30334-9077

Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108-1696
  • Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Advocacy & Response Division (CARD), One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108

Minnesota

  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education, 450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108
  • Office of Minnesota Attorney General, 445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400, St. Paul, MN 55101

For Wisconsin residents:

  • Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, 30 West Mifflin Street, P.O. Box 8696, Madison, WI 53708-8986
  • Bureau of Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, PO Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911

Nevada

  • Commission on Postsecondary Education, 8778 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 115, Las Vegas, NV 89123
  • State of Nevada, Office of the Attorney General, 100 N. Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701

Oregon

  • Office of Degree Authorization, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Oregon Department of Justice, Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section, 1162 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

For Washington residents:

  • Washington Student Achievement Council, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430
  • Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, 128 10th Avenue, SW, P.O. Box 43105, Olympia, WA 98504-3105
  • Office of the Attorney General, General Consumer Protection Division, 800 5th Avenue , Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104-3188

Texas

  • Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, 101 East 15th Street, Austin, Texas 78778-0001
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711
  • Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, PO Box 12548, Austin, TX 78711-2548

Washington

  • Washington Student Achievement Council, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430
  • Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, 128 10th Avenue, SW, P.O. Box 43105, Olympia, WA 98504-3105
  • Office of the Attorney General, General Consumer Protection Division, 800 5th Avenue , Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104-3188

Culinary School Program Accreditation and State Licensing

In addition to a school's institutional accreditation, each school or culinary college may have additional programmatic accreditation. All Le Cordon Bleu culinary schools are licensed in the states in which they operate.

ALASKA
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale programs are exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 because the programs are distance delivered and the institution does not have a physical presence in the state.

ARIZONA
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). It is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 West Washington, Suite 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

Additionally, the Certificate and Associate of Occupational Studies in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and the Certificate and Associate of Occupational Studies in Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona is authorized by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to operate a private school pursuant to the Alabama Private School License Law. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts is approved to offer programs in Alabama by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona is registered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 6 N Liberty Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, (410) 767-3388.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona is authorized to offer educational programs and award degrees and diplomas in the State of Wisconsin by the Educational Approval Board, 201 West Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Madison WI, 53703. (608) 266-1996.

Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the School’s grievance procedure which can be found in the Catalog. The school’s grievance procedure allows for the prompt resolution of grievances. For additional state contact information, please click here.

CALIFORNIA
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Sacramento, California is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is a private institution that has approval to operate in the State of California based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009, which is effective January 1, 2010. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Bureau can be reached at:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818,
Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
(888) 370-7589
www.bppe.ca.gov

As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review the catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

Any questions a student may have regarding the catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles, California (Pasadena and Hollywood) is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is a private institution that has approval to operate in the State of California.

This approval to operate in the State of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009, which is effective January 1, 2010. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Bureau can be reached at:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818,
Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
(888) 370-7589
www.bppe.ca.gov

As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review the catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

Any questions a student may have regarding the catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov.

The Diploma and Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts programs, as well as the Diploma and Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco, California is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is a private institution that has approval to operate in the State of California based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) 0f 2009, which is effective January 1, 2010. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Bureau can be reached at:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
(888) 370-7589
www.bppe.ca.gov

As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review the catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

Any questions a student may have regarding the catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov.

The Certificate and the Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

In 2011, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco was recognized for its exemplary culinary arts program by the ACFEFAC.

FLORIDA
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, Florida is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399.

The Associate in Science Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts program and the Associate in Science Degree in Pâtisserie and Baking program, the Diploma in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts program and the Diploma in Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking program are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org

In 2008, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando was recognized for its exemplary programs by the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami, Florida is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

It is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399.

The Associate in Science Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts program, Diploma in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts, Associate in Science Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking program and the Diploma in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking program are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

The State of Florida requires institutions within the state to inform students and employees of the existence of the Department of Law Enforcement sexual predator and sexual offender registry website and toll-free telephone number. Those seeking to obtain information about registered sex offenders in Florida should visit the following website at https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us or call the toll-free number at 1-888-357-7332.

GEORGIA
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, Georgia is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and licensed by the State of Georgia.

LCB is approved by the State of Georgia to operate by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC): 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084-5305, http://gnpec.org/consumer-resources.

The Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts , the Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Le Cordon Bleu in Pâtisserie and Baking, the Certificate in Culinary Arts, and the Certificate in Pâtisserie and Baking programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

ILLINOIS
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, Illinois is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago has been granted degree and operating authority by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, 431 East Adams, 2nd Floor, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1404 www.ibhe.org

The Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and the Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation's Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org, and have been granted Exemplary status.

The Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking and the Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation's Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

MASSACHUSETTS
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Inc., a Private Two-Year College
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston, Massachusetts is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

It is approved to offer the Associate in Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and Certificates in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108-1696.

MINNESOTA
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. It is licensed with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, 450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108 and approved by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, 30 West Mifflin Street, P.O. Box 8696, Madison, WI 53708-8986.

The Associate in Applied Science and Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts as well as the Associate in Applied Science and Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

NEVADA
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). It is licensed by the Commission on Postsecondary Education in the State of Nevada.

The Certificate and Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking, and the Certificate and Associate of Occupational Science Degree programs in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

OREGON
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland, Oregon is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and licensed by the State of Oregon.

The school is also licensed under Chapter 28C.10RCW of the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board and is authorized to advertise and recruit for the following programs: Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Certificate and Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking Certificate.

The Certificate and Associate of Occupational Studies Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Programs and the Certificate and Associate of Occupational Studies Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking Programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.  .

In 2013, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland was recognized for its exemplary Certificate and Associate of Occupational Studies programs in Culinary Arts and Patisserie and Baking by the ACFEFAC.

TEXAS
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. It is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, 101 East 15th Street, Austin, Texas 78778-0001.

Austin campus student policy regarding complaints
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, (512) 427-6241, www.thecb.state.tx.us

THECB student complaint information is codified under 19 TAC §§1.110-1.120. An overview of the complaint procedure, how to submit a complaint, and the complaint form can be found by clicking here.

If a student wishes to submit a complaint to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), an overview of the complaint procedure, how to submit a complaint, and the complaint form can be found by clicking here.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts, Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts, Associate of Applied Science Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking, and Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. It is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, 101 East 15th Street, Austin, Texas 78778-0001

Dallas campus student policy regarding complaints
Degree Programs: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, (512) 427-6241, www.thecb.state.tx.us

THECB student complaint information is codified under 19 TAC §§1.110-1.120. An overview of the complaint procedure, how to submit a complaint, and the complaint form can be found by clicking here.

If a student wishes to submit a complaint to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), an overview of the complaint procedure, how to submit a complaint, and the complaint form can be found by clicking here.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts, Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts, Associate of Applied Science Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking, and Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

WASHINGTON
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle, Washington is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is licensed by the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board under Chapter 28C.10 RWC and WAC 490-105.

The Certificate in Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32905, www.acfchefs.org.

Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the school’s grievance procedure. Information describing this process can be found in our catalogs. The school’s grievance procedure allows for the prompt resolution of grievances. For additional state and accreditor contact information, click here here.