Baking & Pastry Arts

Baking & Pastry Arts

The population is growing, and so is people's appetite for good food. Restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs, catering operations, contract food services, and healthcare facilities are all looking for educated, qualified culinary professionals. Central Piedmont will train you in the right skills for the right career at the right price.

What You Will Learn

The Central Piedmont Baking & Pastry Arts program requires no previous industry experience and is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required for employment in the baking and pastry industry.

This includes restaurants, hotels, independent bakeries and pastry shops, high-volume bakeries, as well as wholesale and retail markets. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge through daily application of skills to meet industry demands. Coursework emphasizes environmental stewardship, operational efficiencies, and professionalism.

Students take courses to develop a variety of specialty skills including;  artisan breads, chocolate and confections, plated desserts, decorative sugar and chocolate work, high-volume bakery production.  Graduates qualify for entry-level positions, such as pastry or bakery assistant, pastry cook.

Through the course of the program, you will:

  • attain certification as a Serv-Safe food protection manager  
  • train to confidently use a variety of industry specific tools and equipment
  • acquire foundational baking and pastry skills to create an extensive marketable portfolio 
  • practice techniques and understand methodology of artisan bread making
  • achieve a working knowledge of creating handmade chocolate candies and custom confections
  • gain experience designing high end cakes for a variety of events
  • learn to compose plated desserts to meet fine dining standards
  • develop concepts and marketing strategies for bakery operations
  • understand strategies for cost control and efficient business management
  • have gained 320 hours of work-based experience

American Culinary Federation designation of Certified Pastry Culinarian may be available to graduates. Certification through the American Culinary Federation demonstrates skill, knowledge, and professionalism to the food service industry. 

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our program is the only school for baking and pastry arts in Charlotte that is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) and has achieved "Exemplary Status." In our program, you will:

  • learn on state of the art equipment
  • experience a wide variety of settings: classroom, lab, and work-study
  • produce fantastic desserts and breads using the best products available
  • learn from proven industry professionals who have seen it all
  • enjoy small class settings and individual attention to help achieve your career goals

You will also have the opportunity gain hands-on experience in the Aspire Bakery and Bistro or Greenway Restaurant and to participate in the Baking & Pastry Arts Club.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Bakery Assistant and Pastry Chef Careers and Average Salaries

Qualify for entry-level positions, such as pastry/bakery assistant, area pastry chef and assistant pastry chef. American Culinary Federation certification may be available to graduates. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed baking and pastry arts career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

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Baking and Pastry Arts Course Sequence

Suggested course sequence (PDF)

The Details

  • Program Options

    Currently a two-year Associate in Applied Science in baking and pastry arts is offered.   Students can also receive certificates throughout the program upon completion of required coursework. The college catalog details the baking and pastry arts program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer baking and pastry arts course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Baking and Pastry Arts Program Requirements

    For detailed information on baking and pastry arts course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog. Preference is given to students who have completed general education requirements.

    Suggested course sequence (PDF)

  • Locations

    Harris Campus

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab and Online)

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

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  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central PiedmontFinancial aid and scholarships are available.

    Baking and Pastry Arts Program Costs

    In addition to Central Piedmont tuition and fees, baking and pastry arts students will need to purchase the following supplies:

    • uniform: approximately $180
    • baking and pastry arts toolkit: approx. $280 (available only at Harris Campus bookstore)

    Overall total cost of the two year degree for in-state students is approximately $8,400.

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