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Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate: Program Overview

The advanced skills learned in baking and pastry arts certificate programs enable students to create breads, pastries and other desserts. Aspiring bakers also learn the skills necessary to run their own businesses.

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Essential Information

In baking and pastry arts certificate programs, students learn how to apply and use the latest cooking techniques and tools with direct-experience internships in commercial, state-of-the-art kitchens. They also are taught how to create and market their ideas for baked goods. Curricula will not only cover cooking-related topics, like artisan breads and bakery production, but business elements as well. Those who seek to run their own pastry establishments or kitchens will benefit from classes on food safety and sanitation, cost control and administration skills.

Although only a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) equivalent is required for enrollment, admission can be competitive, with a certain grade point average as a qualifier. These programs can take as little as four weeks or as long as one to two years to complete.


Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts

Students in baking and pastry arts certificate programs may be excited to know that in addition to fundamental cooking courses, they'll get explore foods found in various cultures. Other typical classes include:

  • Principles of baking and pastry arts
  • Nutrition
  • Chocolates and confections
  • Classical desserts
  • Cake decorating
  • Baking

Popular Career Options

Graduates of baking and pastry programs might work for restaurants, specialty bakeries or high volume corporations that produce breads, cakes, desserts and other culinary delights. Some common job titles are:

  • Pastry cook
  • Pastry chef assistant
  • Retail baker
  • Commercial baker

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of bakers is predicted to grow by 7% during 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). Chefs and head cooks should see a 9% increase in job opportunities over the same time frame. In May of 2015, the BLS estimated that bakers received a mean annual salary of $26,270, while chefs and head cooks earned $45,920.

Continuing Education Information

Certificate holders might go on to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree in baking and pastry arts, culinary arts or a related field. These programs could offer additional hands-on experience. Students might also build on existing knowledge about nutrition, menu design, purchasing and hospitality. Graduates of an associate's or bachelor's degree program might be prepared for entry-level positions in food service and/or restaurant management.

A certificate in baking and pastry arts provides aspiring bakers and pastry chefs with the skills needed to bake breads, make and decorate cakes and create a variety of chocolates and desserts. Graduates can continue their education by enrolling in associate's or bachelor's degree programs in either the culinary arts or the baking and pastry arts.

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