Accreditation and Affiliation

The Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia is accredited by the Swiss Hotel Management Academy Lucerne (SHL)

The accreditation of an institution of higher education is to ensure that the program meets or exceeds the criteria and required levels of quality and integrity. The Academy’s curriculum was developed in close collaboration with the SHL, ensuring that Swiss standards for culinary and hospitality education are followed.
The diploma gained by successfully graduating students is acknowledged by SHL and ASEAN certified.

Additionally, since October 2022, the ACAC is the first school in Cambodia to receive the Recognition of Quality Education from the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), an international endorsement renowned in the culinary world!


SHL, the Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern is a competence centre for applied hospitality management education with national and international recognition. Founded in 1909, SHL is a leading professional-oriented hotel management institution in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Their Bachelor program is designed to deliver in-depth hospitality know-how, business management expertise and professional practical skills and is offered in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne (HSLU).

ACAC’s partnership with SHL gives the aspiring youth in Cambodia new opportunities for their future. SHL’s
expertise in culinary arts will raise the skill level of young Cambodians in the workforce, expand their employment prospects and make them more competitive in the whole region.



The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s a political and economic union of 10 member states in Southeast Asia that promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration between its members
and other countries in Asia.

The Academy’s curriculum is accredited by the ASEAN Secretariat through the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism. The Academy’s diploma is recognized throughout all the 10 member states of ASEAN (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Singapore, and Vietnam) and allows graduated students to seek employment opportunities locally and abroad.



The Worlds Association of Chefs Society (WACS), also known as Worldchefs, is a dynamic global network founded in 1928, in France, representing chefs at all levels and across all specialities, dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of cuisines around the globe.

The Worldchefs Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Program seeks to recognize educational companies, associations and institutions which offer culinary and pastry art programs of various designs and sizes and meet or exceed global standards for quality culinary education as established by the Worldchefs Education Committee.

It is a landmark program that officially recognizes high standards in Culinary Education and training by schools on an international level.


SHL then

SHL is one of only 2 original Hotel Management Schools in Switzerland. Founded in 1909, in a response to the rise of tourism in the country and the increasing demand for qualified hospitality professionals, SHL has over 100 years of experience teaching students the fine art of hospitality and management.

SHL today

Today, SHL is a place of modern learning, professional training, and application of knowledge for a number of over 250 students on campus and 750 in internships. 84% of SHL graduates enter the industry in management positions and the alumni network consists of 10’000 members worldwide.


The partnership between SHL and ACAC includes an accreditation agreement and ensures that the SHL’s quality standards at the ACAC campus are applied. Monthly digital train the trainer sessions take place and SHL invites yearly 2 students to attend a three-week intensive course.

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