Baking and Pastry Proficiency

Explore your creativity and find the pathway for your exciting career in baking. With a certificate in baking, you will discover worldwide opportunities that will make your dreams come true.

Are you passionate about baking? Do you enjoy making people smile when they eat your dessert? Make your dreams a reality and enroll at the Culinary Arts Institute today. This degree program will provide training in the basic aspects of baking. You will be taught by expert baking and pastry chefs with many years of experience and talent who will show you the fundamental techniques you need to succeed in entry-level employment in the industry. Enjoy small and affordable classes that are local and easily accessible, where you will experience one-on-one, hands-on instruction. Take advantage of the largest and most modern instructional kitchens and bakeshops in NJ to help you reach your dreams. Hybrid classes are available. Start working on your career today!

Culinary Arts Institute Handbook
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Our students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. What unites all of them is their passion for food and service. See what they had to say…

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Going to HCCC not only allowed me to develop my skills and build a solid network but also to find a group of people that have the same passion as me. Joining the culinary club and partaking in the school's events made me see how the people involved were not just students and staff, but a family. The 2 years that I spent there were much more than I expected them to be, and I wouldn't change a thing.
Paula Hartman-Pereira
Culinary Arts Baking Proficiency Certificate Graduate, 2020

Paula knew she had made the right move with the Culinary Arts Institute at HCCC. 

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) accreditation of AAS Culinary Arts, Certificate - Culinary Arts, AAS Culinary Arts-Baking and Pastry Option, Certificate - Baking and Pastry Arts is valid until 06/30/2024. The AAS Culinary Arts and Certificate Culinary Arts have been accredited continuously since 06/30/1997.


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Culinary Arts (Baking) Proficiency Certificate


Specialized Proficiency Certificates are short-term, career-oriented courses designed to develop proficiency in particular skill areas. They are designed for individuals who may not initially desire a degree but who wish to increase their opportunities for employment in the food service industry. Students are permitted to enroll in and complete only one specialized proficiency certificate before being required to take the College's Placement Test and completing basic skills requirements.


Why we are your first and only choice for Baking

With over 10 labs, we are the largest and most modern baking and pastry and culinary arts program in the State of New Jersey.



Accredited by American Culinary Federation Education Foundation 

Our baking and pastry programs have been accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation since 2019. Our program has the recognition for its high standards and reputable influence on our graduates. 



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Contact Information

Courtney Payne
Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Baking & Pastry Arts & Hospitality Management Programs
161 Newkirk Street - Room 204A
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4635

School of Business, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality Management
161 Newkirk Street
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4630