Pastry and Baking Certificate
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Pastry and Baking

Pastry and Baking Certificate
Pastry and Baking

Program Overview

The Pastry and Baking Certificate program offers a focused, hands-on, professional approach to baking breads, cakes and pastries, including development of marketable cake decorating skills​​​

This certificate program will allow the student to gain sufficient knowledge and skill to become employable in a commercial baking and cake decorating environment. Bakeries, pastry shops and candy shops are potential employers. Many large department stores, grocery stores, hotels and private clubs also hire our graduates. Entrepreneurs who are interested in having these skills to support their own plan are also welcome.

A good general education, good reading ability, and a working knowledge of mathematics is important so that students can interpret weights and measures, calculate recipes, and understand cost control, inventory control and forecasting.

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

Program Highlights

  • Artisan baking and pastry
  • ​Preparation of cakes, pastries and icings
  • Piping bag and decorating techniques
  • Development of marketable cake decorating skills
  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Food, beverage and labor cost control

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    ​Textbook and Supply Costs
    Students should expect to spend approximately $400.00 for books, uniform, and culinary supplies. This cost is in addition to the cost of tuition and fees.​

  • Career Settings

    • ​Commercial bakeries
    • Bakery, pastry and candy shops
    • Large department stores
    • Grocery stores
    • Hotels and private clubs​
  • Transfer Pathways

    ​Transferable Credits
    Credits completed in the Pastry and Baking Certificate program apply to the Culinary Arts Diploma and AAS Degree programs.

  • Related Programs

  • Additional Benefits

    • Graduates will be eligible for Minnesota Food Manager Certification
    • Graduates will be prepared for immediate employment in bakery​
  • Program Advisor

    ​​​​Sean Jones 
    sean.jones@saintpaul.edu 

    Manfred Krug 
    manfred.krug@saintpaul.edu 

    Nathan Sartain 
    nathan.sartain@saintpaul.edu​

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Career Information

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