Culinary Arts: Baking and Pastry Certificate

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Degree, Certificate or Diploma


Council Bluffs Campus

Job Outlook

This program is primarily designed for students intending to enter the workforce after finishing their certificate at Iowa Western.

61,237 Jobs (2020)

+6.3% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves.


What will you do

The Culinary Arts program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the sixteen-week certificate. After completing this program, graduates are qualified for entry-level positions in the field. Students who wish to earn a degree and qualify for advanced positions should continue on and complete The Culinary Art: Culinary and Hospitality Management A.A.S.


  • Entry: $13.99
  • Average: $21.68
  • Experienced: $25.53

Career Examples

Executive Pastry Chef
Research & Development Pastry Chef
Cake Decorator
Baker or Specialty Baker
Bakery Merchandiser
Food Stylist

First Semester

HCM 100 - Sanitation and Safety 2.0 Credit(s)
HCM 186 - Culinary Foundations I 3.0 Credit(s)
HCM 113 - Culinary Baking 1.0 Credit(s)
HCM 322 - Breads and Pastries 3.0 Credit(s)
HCM 323 - Cakes and Chocolates 3.0 Credit(s)
HCM 330 - Hospitality Personnel Management 3.0 Credit(s)
BUS 130 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 18.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  1. Use the principal pieces of equipment in a kitchen setting while preparing foods in mass quantities.
  2. Create baked goods using a range of basic techniques in the art of pastry and dessert preparation.
  3. Demonstrate how to scale a recipe for proper quantity based on needs.
  4. Apply ServSafe standards to ensure food safety.
  5. Create custom dishes with consideration to the needs of customers, including concerns regarding nutrition, allergies, and food intolerances.

Program Disclaimers

  • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa