Professional Chef Certificate

Career Certificate

Become a skilled chef

Walk into every kitchen with confidence. Build on your professional cook certificate to develop advanced culinary, nutrition and supervision skills. Learn advanced cooking techniques for meat, poultry, seafood and breakfast.

Let your cooking strengths shine!

Our new culinary space opened Fall 2023. Gain real-world experience in a student-managed restaurant, culinary kitchen and multi-purpose kitchen for baking and pastry classes.

What can you do with a certificate as a Professional Chef?

Many CLC graduates have become supervisors and managers months after graduation. The professional chef certificate improves your culinary toolkit, preparing you for higher-level roles in the food service industry, such as:

  • lead cook
  • supervisor
  • chef

Complete this certificate to meet the requirements for the sanitation, nutrition and supervision courses in the American Culinary Federation’s Chefs Certification program.


  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1.5 Years

    Full-time students can complete in 1.5 years.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Prairie at Brae Loch

    Gain hands-on learning at this student-managed restaurant.
  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.

Career Outlook

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Your College & Career Navigator (CCN) is your "go-to person" ready to help you get started at CLC.

Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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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.

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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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 111 4
    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 111
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 170
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    HCM 112 4
    HCM 175 3
    HCM 213 3
    • Course Code HCM 112
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 175
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 213
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    HCM 214 3
    HCM 171 4
    • Course Code HCM 214
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 171
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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Hospitality and Culinary Management at CLC

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A professional chef 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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