Baking & Pastry Arts Certificates & Programs

By obtaining a certificate or diploma in baking and pastry arts, you’ll be giving yourself the knowledge and skills that you need to be a professional in one of the sweetest culinary fields. You’ll be taught how to create breads, cakes, desserts, and other treats for special events, restaurants, and high volume manufacturing corporations. You can generally find baking and pastry arts programs in independent cooking schools, universities, and culinary institutions. You’ll also discover that many hotels and restaurants offer training programs as well.

Most baking and pastry arts certificates and programs last 1 to 2 years, depending on your schedule and the level of the program you’re pursuing. You can expect to primarily take courses that focus on skillfully creating baked goods and pastries. Your studies will include hands-on training in state of the art kitchens, nutrition, safety and sanitation, preparation, mathematics, and business management. You can expect to learn how to prepare items including classical desserts, wedding cakes, and low fat desserts and cakes.

Once you have completed your baking and pastry arts program, you can expect to find work as a pastry chef, chocolatier, baker, or caterer. Settings can include restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, catering companies, private homes, and manufacturers of baked goods. You may even find that you can do well independently with your own bakery and pastry shop or specialty dessert business. Generally, you can expect to earn about $22,000, but your salary can grow to $35,000 or more according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Talented bakers and pastry artists are almost always in demand, particularly for wedding cakes and other special occasion desserts. The industry has also seen an increase in demand for single-serving treats like cupcakes and muffins. And with an increase in demand for convenience, coupled with a growing population and income, the need for ready-made cakes and other desserts can be expected to grow. Additionally, restaurants are always looking for more new and interesting desserts to place on their menu, as well as talented professionals that can make them. Another important sector to pay attention to is grocery stores, many of which have expanded their bakeries and prepared foods sections to compete with restaurants. But no matter where you end up with your baking and pastry arts certificate or program education, you will have to constantly work to improve your talent if you want to succeed in the most competitive and highly paid positions.

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Penn Foster Career School

Penn Foster Career School - Students interested in becoming a caterer will enjoy the program offered by Penn Foster Career School. Penn Foster has classes entirely online so students never have to leave their home.
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The Art Institute

The Art Institute Online - With an online program available, students can start a career in the culinary arts quickly and easily.
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The Culinary Institute of America

The Culinary Institute of America - The Culinary Institute of America is a high quality program for students interested in learning the culinary arts from some of the best chefs in the country.
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Le Cordon Bleu

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Le Cordon Bleu - One of the highest respected cooking schools, Le Cordon Bleu has graduated some of the top chef's currently working in restaurants around the country today.
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