Culinary Arts: Baking Arts - Certificate of Achievement

The Baking Arts Certificate prepares students for entry-level work opportunities in the foodservice industry. The certificate program is designed for students who are already working or want to enter the workforce as soon as possible. The program requirements allow students to graduate faster than those pursuing the A.A.S. degree. The certificate program is also a great transition into upper-level course work in the Culinary Arts A.A.S. program. Required course topics include European Pastries, Specialty Breads, Cake Decorating and more. Students are taught by experienced instructors who utilize chef demonstrations and hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art culinary laboratories.

The Culinary Arts Program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Create their own baked goods
Learn how the foodservice industry works
Gain experience baking for a real, on-campus restaurant
Open their own bakery
Pursue an associate degree

Program Snapshot

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Credits: 30*
Average Length: 1.9 Years
Average Salary: $25,632*
Graduation Retention Rate: 38%*

Possible Careers

Cake decorator
Pastry chef
Food stylist
Bakery manager

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Lisa Gardner
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Department Chair


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