Culinary Arts Certificate

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

Are you passionate about food? Do you enjoy making people smile when they eat your dish? Make your dreams a reality and enroll at the Culinary Arts Institute today. This certificate program will provide you with comprehensive training for entry-level positions in food service. You will be taught by expert chefs with many years of experience and talent who will show you the fundamental 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 in NJ to help you reach your dreams. Hybrid classes available. Start working on your career today!

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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…

HCCC CAI has an amazing Culinary Certificate program that allows hard working individuals like myself to be able to attend school and earn the education and experience needed in the industry, without taking time off from work and running a small business. The professional and personal relationships I built along the way gave me the opportunity to give back and employ fellow alumni. I’m grateful for the time I spent at CAI and the knowledge I gained from the experience.
Renee Geronimo
2015 Certificate Recipient – Hot Food

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

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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Culinary Arts Certificate


The Culinary Arts Certificate Program trains students for entry-level positions in the food service industry as station cooks, short order cooks, breakfast cooks, and pantry personnel. The program includes a 600-hour externship during which students receive on-site training in fine restaurants and hotels.


Why we are your 1st and only choice for Culinary Arts?

With over 10 labs, we are the largest and most modern culinary 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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Nationally Accredited American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accredited (since 1997)

Our signature culinary arts program has been accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation continuously since 1997. Our program has the recognition for its high standards and reputable influence on our graduates.



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Contact Information

Marissa P. Lontoc
Instructor and Coordinator, Culinary Arts Programs

161 Newkirk Street - Room 204A
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4643

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