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Baking and Pastry Arts

Algonquin College
1 year
Diploma / certificate
Algonquin College

Program description

Baking and Pastry Arts

Using a combination of applied learning and theory, this one-year Baking and Pastry Arts Ontario College Certificate program gives you a strong foundation in baking and pastry arts. Gain hands-on experience in baking, cake decorating and shop management in our industry-standard baking and pastry labs - learning from professional chefs.

As a student, you get to show your creative side in the labs. You learn essential techniques such as mixing dough, weighing ingredients, preparing batters and icings, and cake decorating. To expand your job options, you learn skills related to the daily operation of a bakery, such as inventory control and food cost percentages.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning about the baking industry.
  • Have a creative flair.
  • Enjoy working with others as part of a team.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Communications I
  • Introduction to Culinary
  • Baking I - Theory
  • Baking Practical I
  • Shop Management and Sanitation
  • The Dinner Party

Level: 02

  • Field Placement - Baking and Pastry Arts I
  • Baking II - Theory
  • Cake Decorating Techniques
  • Baking Practical II
  • Shop Management and Entrepreneurship I

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Credential: Ontario College Certificate

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Identify the workings and the effects of ingredients on one another, and predict how the end product will be affected.
  • Perform problem solving and troubleshoot recipes.
  • Perform basic techniques involved in the daily production of a bakery or pastry shop.
  • Recognize and produce both classical and modern baked goods.
  • Apply food safety principles and practices as identified by the local health unit.
  • Apply basic mathematical principles and recipe conversions, bakery formulations and percentages.
  • Practice skills used in the daily operation of a bakery, including cost controls, food cost, percentages, labour cost and inventory controls.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career opportunities

Graduates may qualify for employment as bakers, pastry chefs or research assistants in food manufacturing. Employment settings may include commercial bakeries, catering companies, in-store bakeries, restaurants, hotels and resorts. Some graduates pursue self-employment opportunities.

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Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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