Baking and Pastry Arts

Certificate of Completion

Credits: 60-65  |   Length of Program: 3 quarters

Subject: Baking & Pastry Arts

Baking and Pastry Arts - Certificate of Completion

The Baking and Pastry Arts at South Puget Sound Community College is designed to provide entry-level skills as a baker. Instruction is provided in structured lecture and lab environments, and practical hands-on experience is used.  

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Career Opportunities

Graduates will be prepared for entry-level employment as bakers or bakers’ assistants in free standing bakeries and pastry shops, grocery store bakeries, hotels, restaurants and institutions. See Food, Beverage Arts & Hospitality » Baking and Pastry Arts for more career and employment information. 

Length of Program

The Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate is designed to be completed within one year, if basic skills and/or pre-college are complete.

Cost of Program / Financial Aid

Required Supplies: All must be permanently marked with student ID# by indelible pen or engraver – engraver available in Food Service Department.  All costs are estimated.

Kitchen Supplies
(list subject to change, see program handbook for details)
Immersion Thermometer $15.00
Microplane Zester $6.00
Paring Knife $7.00
Chefs Knife $20.00
Bread Knife $15.00
Measuring Spoons (set) $10.00
Digital Thermometor $5.00
Kitchen Shears $5.00
Food Safe Ruler
Vegetable Peeler $3.00

Required Clothing
Double Breasted Chef's Coat (2 each @$24.00) $48.00
Cooks Check Pants (2 each @ $19.00) $38.00
Bib Aprons (2 each @ $5.00) $10.00
Closed Toe Black Leather Shoes $75.00
Chefs Hat - White $6.00

Admission Requirements

Special Program Note:

  • A Thurston County Food Handler’s Permit must be acquired before entry into the program.  Individuals without this permit will not be allowed to enter instructional kitchens or work areas.
  • CAP 103 is a Hybrid format which includes lecture, group discussion course which meets Monday through Thursday, in a classroom on the South Puget Sound Community College campus. BPA 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 119 & 121 are laboratory courses involving work in the instructional kitchens.
  • All equipment, clothing, and supplies must be purchased prior to the first day of class.  Exceptions based on financial need, will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the instructional staff.

Personal Hygiene Code: A personal hygiene and professional conduct code is in effect in college kitchens as follows:  Hair must be neatly maintained, clean, and under control at all times.  If a beard is worn, it must be closely trimmed.

Students may begin the Baking and Pastry Arts Program every quarter with permission of instructor.

Application Process / How to Apply

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Baking and Pastry Arts Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, think critically, formulate, and problem solve in a baking and pastry environment
  • Communicate professional material in oral and written forms with their peers, supervisors, other industry professionals, and customers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts in scaling, measuring, pricing, food costing, percentage calculation and recipe conversions while using mathematical ideas to solve problems
  • Apply the appropriate industry standards and practices in a business and food practice context 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of diverse beliefs and practices and the impact of culture on food  
Ed Plan / Class List
General Education Requirements


ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.

5 Credits in COMPUTATION

Human Relations


Diversity Requirement 
Diversity-designated courses at South Puget Sound Community College provide opportunities for students to develop awareness of their own social and cultural identities, seek understanding of others, and cultivate skills to communicate across cultures and differences. All programs require the completion of a diversity course.


Effective Catalog Year 2020-2021

Revision Date: 
May 1, 2020