Certificate of Achievement - Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry

Trained baking and pastry professionals will find plenty of career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Challenging positions are open in retail and wholesale bakeries, pastry shops, upscale restaurants, hotels and casinos, assisted living centers, educational institutions, supermarkets, hospitals, ski and lake resorts, corporate cafeterias and commissaries. There is a real shortage of skilled and knowledgeable bakers and pastry cooks.

Certificate Outcomes

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Demonstrate basic and advanced culinary skills through a series of learned competencies including but not limited to knife care, cutting techniques, stock preparation, and functions of the bakery including terminology and bakery fundamentals.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge to work in commercial hot food kitchens, and commercial bakery kitchens.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses within an AAS degree that can serve as a stepping stone to an AAS degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Business Speech Communications
English 3
Composition I
Composition I for International Students
Human Relations3
Leadership and Human Relations
Principles of Management
The Business Chef
Certificate Requirements
CUL 100Sanitation/HACCP2
CUL 105Basic Skills Development3
CUL 106Understanding Culinary Techniques I6
CUL 125Principles of Baking3
CUL 170Retail Deli and Bakery3
CUL 225Advanced Baking3
CUL 230Pastry Arts3
CUL 295Work Experience in Culinary Arts3
Total Units35
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
CUL 105 Basic Skills Development 3
CUL 100 Sanitation/HACCP 2
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
 Semester Total8
2nd semester
CUL 245
The Business Chef
CUL 106 Understanding Culinary Techniques I 6
MGT 212
Leadership and Human Relations
or Principles of Management
 Semester Total12
3rd semester
CUL 125 Principles of Baking 3
CUL 225 Advanced Baking 3
 Semester Total6
4th semester
Communications 1 3
CUL 170 Retail Deli and Bakery 3
CUL 230 Pastry Arts 3
CUL 295 Work Experience in Culinary Arts 1-6
 Semester Total12
 Total Units38

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