Learn the recipe for success as a professional baker with a Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate from Montco.

Our certificate program prepares you for entry-level positions in the baking and pastry industry. Through hands-on instruction and working in our student-operated bakery in Lansdale, you'll gain the fundamental food industry and management skills needed to thrive in this field.

Program outcomes
  • Distinguish between, and successfully utilize a wide array of ingredients and baking methods to produce and/or plate, and critically analyze a variety of fundamental and contemporary baked goods, products and desserts;
  • Demonstrate all food and beverage costing techniques related to profitable food service business operations;
  • Reflectively practice proper ethical purchasing and procurement processes as it relates to the proper flow of goods for a successful food service operation;
  • Demonstrate appropriate safety and sanitation practices, including safe food service equipment operation, as it relates to the hospitality industry;
  • Demonstrate appropriate employability skills necessary for an entry level position in the industry.

Program Curriculum

Semester 1
Course ID Title Credits
CUL 105 Safety and Sanitation 2
CUL 101 Culinary Foundations 3
CUL 120 Culinary Techniques 3
BPA 120 Introduction to Baking & Pastry 3
CUL / BPA 198 Culinary and Baking and Pastry Practicum I 1

Semester 2
Course ID Title Credits
BPA 124 Introduction to Cakes 3
BPA 131 Bread & Rolls 3
BPA 220 Advanced Baking & Pastry 3
CUL / BPA 298A Culinary and Baking and Pastry Practicum II 3

Semester 3
Course ID Title Credits
BPA 233 Chocolates & Confections 3
BPA 254 Tiered Cakes & Sugar Artistry 3
BPA 263 Operations/Production 3
CUL / BPA 298B Culinary and Baking and Pastry Practicum III 3
Total program credits: 36