Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I’m coming from out of town to attend ACI- can you assist me with finding housing?

A. Yes. We work with a local housing coordinator who focuses on meeting the needs of our students. Our campus is located in a beautiful and residential area in North Scottsdale where there are many housing options to choose from.

Q. I need to work while attending ACI- do you offer employment assistance to students?

A.Yes. Many of our students work while they are attending school and we view this as a great opportunity for them to gain valuable experience. Our Placement Director works closely with our students to find industry-related jobs that are fulfilling and challenging.

Q. I am interested in getting my career started right away. How long is ACI’s program?

A. Student’s can earn their diploma in Culinary Arts, Baking, and Restaurant Management in as little as 8 months. Our program consists of 6 months of classes followed by a 6 week paid internship.

Q. Is ACI accredited?

A. Yes. Arizona Culinary Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Q. Does ACI offer night classes?

A. Yes! Classes run Monday through Thursday, from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, and are taught year round.

Q. How often do new classes start?

A. A new Basic Culinary Arts class starts every 6 weeks! Request a catalogue to receive a list of our start dates. We know one of them will be right for you!

Q. What will I wear to school?

A. You will wear a chef’s uniform while on campus. Students are given several sets of uniforms as part of their tuition costs and these include 4 chef’s coats, 3 pairs of checkered pants, 2 cloth hats, 4 Aprons, 3 neckerchiefs, and 4 hand towels.

Q. What else, besides uniforms, is included in the tuition costs?

A. In addition to uniforms, your tuition cost includes all of the tools you will use to become a success in the culinary industry. These tools include a comprehensive knife kit, 4 professional text books, supplemental student curriculum packets, a backpack and an ACI t-shirt. Of course you will also receive the most valuable tool we have to offer: the attention and instruction of our experienced Chef Instructors.