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Baking and Pastry-Basic, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CM_CABP

Control Number: 41019

Not Financial Aid Eligible


The requirements for the Certificate of Specialization in Baking and Pastry Arts provide students with the fundamental knowledge of baking science required of bakers and pastry cooks. Students will gain hand-on knowledge of classic and contemporary patisserie and baking processes. Course work is designed for students that desire a career as a baker or pastry cook.

Program Outcome

Students will be prepared for entry-level employment as professional and competent bakers, pastry cooks, or pastry entrepreneurs and meet the needs of retail and wholesale baking and pastry establishments.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Program Prerequisite
FSM A160Sanitation and Safety2
Required Courses
CA A124Principles of Baking 12
CA A126Principles of Baking 22
FN A140Introduction to Nutrition Concepts2-3
or FN A170 Nutrition
FSM A240Food & Beverage Cost Control4
Total Units12-13
Suggested Electives

ART A110 Color and Design: Two-Dimensional
ART A120 Beginning Drawing

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
CA A124 Principles of Baking 1 2
FN A140
Introduction to Nutrition Concepts
or Nutrition
2-3
FSM A160 Sanitation and Safety 2
FSM A240 Food & Beverage Cost Control 4
 Units10-11
Semester 2
CA A126 Principles of Baking 2 2
 Units2
 Total Units12-13