Baking and Pastry Assistant Certificate

Career Certificate

Learn pastry basics

It’s time to make the doughnuts, and croissants, and … we’ll stop there. Begin or advance your career in baking with the baking and pastry assistant certificate. The skills you develop in this 2-semester program will give you field-specific skills, including:

  • professionalism and teamwork
  • baking techniques and procedures 
  • functions of ingredients
  • proper measuring techniques
  • tool identification 

Whether you want to work in a cafe, restaurant or hotel, these courses prepare you for your future in baking and pastry. You will learn recipe costing and prepare a variety of breads and pastries including quick breads, cookies, custards, petits fours and tortes.

What can you do with a Baking and Pastry Assistant certificate?

With this certificate, you can advance to higher-level roles in the hospitality industry. Invest in greater earnings and job security while expanding and improving your skill set.

Advance to a lead role first, then become a supervisor. Many of our alumni have become supervisors and managers.

Start right away with your certificate in roles such as:

  • baker
  • pastry cook
  • retail sales

With additional education or experience, you can become:

  • pastry chef
  • bakery manager
  • bakery director


  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1 Year

    Full-time students finish in 1 year.

Career Outlook

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    HCM 110 3
    HCM 113 1
    HCM 170 4
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 110
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 113
      Course Title
      Credits 1
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 170
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    HCM 172 4
    HCM 214 3
    • Course Code HCM 172
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 214
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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Hospitality and Culinary Management at CLC

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This certificate is just one possible way to study hospitality and culinary management. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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*Cost includes tuition and other fees, including books and materials before financial aid is applied, such as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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