Become a Culinary
Arts Professional

70 Weeks to a New Career!

Are you ready to put your passion to work? If you’re looking to take the next step on the path to a career in restaurant ownership or management, Institute of Technology can prepare you through a Culinary Arts Professional Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) degree.

Creating Your Own Real-World Success

IOT’s Culinary Arts Professional program (CAP-AOS) gives you a head start on your career by providing hands-on culinary training that offers you inside-out experience in the food service industry. Through a combination of coursework and a 180-hour externship, you can be prepared for entry-level opportunities upon graduation.

Through the CAP-AOS program, students can hone general kitchen skills and instincts, as well as focus on more specialized areas such as:
Art of garde-manger
Contemporary and international cuisine presentations
Culinary tour of American cuisine
Pastry and baking goods creation
Real-world catering applications

IOT wants you to have every advantage, so we provide uniforms and a cutlery set in the cost of this program.

What Can I do?

Culinary graduates have the opportunity to take on the rewarding challenges of a broad range of entry points into the food service industry, including:

Restaurant Cook
Personal Chef
Executive Chef
Assistant Chef
Sous Chef
Short Order Cook
Institutional and Cafeteria Cook
Prep Cook/Line Cook
Bread and Pastry Baker
Dessert Specialist
Catering Specialist

Learn more about the career outlook for a Culinary Arts Professional!


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Why Accreditation is Important

Accreditation is the process of evaluating a school or educational training program to determine whether it meets standards set up by an accrediting organization. When you attend an accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality. It’s not easy to become or remain an accredited institution. The rules and regulations are strict, precise and designed to protect students. Here are some of the benefits:

A reliable indicator of quality
Approved program of study
Qualified instructors
Recognition by employers nationwide

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OT extends your culinary classroom to a real-world setting through a 180-hour externship to bridge your learning with your career. Students can complete this externship in a variety of settings, from restaurants to hotels and many more.

Students will have the opportunity to experience the many facets of an approved kitchen by rotating through the specialized roles in this professional setting. Industry mentors will build on knowledge gained at IOT to prepare graduates to take their place as culinary artists.

IOT Fast Facts

Recognized by the ACFEF Accrediting Commission as an “Exemplary” program
Uniforms and a cutlery set are included in the cost of the program
Morning, afternoon, or evening programs available for your convenience

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Hours of Instruction/Program Length

This program is 680 hours and 39 quarter credit hours. Classes are held Monday through Thursday for 30 weeks. At IOT Modesto, night classes are available from 5:30PM to 10:30PM. An independent study component is included.

See your admissions representative for available class times.

Career Services

Institute of Technology offers placement support and assistance to all graduates regardless of how long they have been out of school. If you are a recent graduate or graduated years ago, our Career Services Team is here to help you!

Where can I learn?

IOT offers this program at the following location:
Clovis, California
Modesto, California

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