Culinary Arts - Baking and Pastry Certificate

Explore your creativity and find the pathway for your exciting career in baking and pastry arts. With a 30 credit certificate in baking and pastry, 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 certificate program will provide you with career-oriented curriculum in all aspects of baking and pastry arts. You will be taught by expert pastry chefs with many years of experience and talent who will show you the fundamental and advanced techniques you need to succeed 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. Start working on your career today!  

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Baking and Pastry Arts, Certificate


The Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts provides a career-oriented curriculum designed to develop skills beyond a proficiency level. This Certificate is designed for individuals who may not initially desire a degree but who wish to increase opportunities for employment in the field of baking and pastry within restaurants, cruise ships, assisted living facilities, hotels, resorts, institutional foodservice facilities and product development. Upon completion, students will be professionally certified to enhance skills for future employment opportunities.


Why we are your 1st and only choice for Baking and Pastry Arts

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

  Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Fall 2023 only
Enrollment* 318 314 199
Students who Graduated within 150% of the time 43 27 18
Graduation Rate 28% 12% 9%
Foodservice Employment Rate of Graduates (within 6 months) 100% 90% 85%
Number of Students Earning ACF Certification 0 0 0
* Figures include students within the following ACFEF-accredited credentials:
AAS Culinary Arts
AAS Culinary Arts - Baking and Pastry Option
Certificate - Culinary Arts
Certificate - Baking and Pastry Option
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American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) LogoThe American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) ( has accredited the following HCCC programs through June 30, 2024: AAS Culinary Arts, Certificate - Culinary Arts, AAS Culinary Arts-Baking and Pastry Option, Certificate - Baking and Pastry Arts. The AAS Culinary Arts and Certificate - Culinary Arts have been accredited continuously since 06/30/1997.




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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