The Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate builds a strong foundation that allows you to further specialize as you progress in your career in the baking and pastry industries. This certificate program focuses on sustainable food preparation, handling, sanitation and safety, as well as business and management principles. You'll gain the knowledge and hands-on skills needed for entry-level positions, including (but not limited to): baker or pastry chef assistant, prep baker, scaler, decorator, dough laminator, cake baker, cookie baker and similar positions in institutional foodservice, small to large hospitality operations, cruise ships and more.

Call (815) 455-8732 for information on our upcoming Baking and Pastry AAS and Assistant Confectioner Certificate!

Total Cost of Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate

(in-district) Total Amount: $2,822.00

Credit Hours to Complete: 19

Semesters to Complete: 2

Culinary Management Certificate Requirements

Gainful Employment Disclosure

What makes MCC's Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

Complete your Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate while working toward your Culinary Management AAS at MCC.

In addition to the Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate, we offer:

What you need to know about getting your Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate (CIP 120501)

Total Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate Costs
  in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $1,824.00 $5,930.00 $7,474.00 $7,474.00
Additional Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate Costs $998.00 $998.00 $998.00 $998.00
Program Total $2,822.00 $6,928.00 $8,472.00 $8,472.00


What job opportunities are available to someone with a Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate?

Occupations that Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Chefs and Head Cooks 35-1011

How will MCC's Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

By completing the Sanitation and Safety course, you are eligible to sit for the State of Illinois Sanitation Certificate examination.

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By the Numbers:

  • Salary Range: Most fields offer excellent earnings expectations and potential.
  • Job Outlook:
    • On average there are more than 800 openings in the culinary field in McHenry County alone
    • Ninety percent of students find jobs in culinary arts within one year of graduation

What have graduates gone on to do?

Outside of the Classroom

In addition to standard coursework, you have the opportunity to work in our Slàinte, our student-run restaurant, and Sweet Scots, our student-run bakery.


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Additional information:

Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of FY12 completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

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