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Baking & Pastry Specialist

Feed Your Creativity and Passion

Do you dream of creating memorable dessert experiences for others through your pastry and baking artistry? Institute of Technology’s Baking and Pastry Specialist program in California can get you started on the path to a career as a professional pastry chef! This is your real-world training ground for shaping your artistry through exploration of technique and presentation.

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Our Baking & Pastry Specialist program offers:

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Network of Support

A supportive network of peers also enhances your learning experience to prepare you to take your place in a variety of roles in this rewarding field. You are not alone on your journey, you have our entire IOT staff to guide you along the way.

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Real-World, Live-Action Classrooms

Your baking and pastry classroom is an immersion experience in IOT’s full-service kitchen. This professional kitchen is equipped with ovens, broilers, walk-in freezer, demonstration tables, and baking ovens to provide culinary students with a learning environment similar to those found in restaurants.

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Training that transfers to your career

Through real-world preparation in baking and pastry, you can be ready for day one of your role in the pastry arts.

Coursework emphasizes proficiency in the following areas:

  • Breads
  • Cakes
  • Specialty breads
  • Desserts

What can I do with the Baking & Pastry Specialist program?

You can become a pastry chef in a variety of work settings or pursue entry-level roles in this field, including the following:

  • Bakery chef
  • Dessert specialist
  • Catering specialist
  • Institutional and cafeteria
  • Baker
  • Gourmet specialty baker

What Program Graduates Say

  • “Instructors are awesome! Learned great professionalism skills, and the skills needed to do a great job. The Career Center and staff were great resources to help me land the job I wanted. If you're hungry for a great career, then IOT is a great place to get those skills you will need to do it.”

    Julianne S.

  • "Attending IOT impacted me in so many ways. It showed my children that I could do it, I finished school. It showed my children an example of a strong work ethic. Now I want the best for my children. I feel as if IOT had my back, from the instructors to Career Services. Because of this, I was able to find the perfect job. I am proud of IOT and let people know about the school all the time."

    Lea N.

  • Going to IOT was one of the best decisions of my life. I have always wanted to be a Chef since I was young … was privileged to get to do my externship at Erna’s Elderberry House where I was offered a job. After working there a few months I started receiving multiple job offers. I decided to accept the position as Head of Catering at Madera Community Hospital.

    Lea N.

Where Can I Study?

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 59%
ACCSC Placement Rate: 88%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic placement rates.

Program Cost: $18,232.00 + Fees, Books, and Supplies
Credit Hours: 48 quarter credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the Completion and Placement Rates for this program across all campuses.

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 67%
ACCSC Placement Rate: 94%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic placement rates.

BPPE 150% Graduation Rate: 52%
BPPE Placement Rate: 91%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC Code Occupation
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant
35-2019 Cooks, All Other
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers
35-3023 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
35-9099 Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
51-3011 Bakers
51-3092 Food Batchmakers
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 63%
ACCSC Placement Rate: 93%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic placement rates.

Program Cost: $18,232.00 + Fees, Books, and Supplies
Credit Hours: 48 quarter credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the Completion and Placement Rates for this program across all campuses.

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 67%
ACCSC Placement Rate: 94%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic placement rates.

BPPE 150% Graduation Rate: 52%
BPPE Placement Rate: 91%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC Code Occupation
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant
35-2019 Cooks, All Other
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers
35-3023 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
35-9099 Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
51-3011 Bakers
51-3092 Food Batchmakers
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 59%
ACCSC Placement Rate: 88%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic placement rates.

Program Cost: $18,232.00 + Fees, Books, and Supplies
Credit Hours: 48 quarter credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the Completion and Placement Rates for this program across all campuses.

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 67%
ACCSC Placement Rate: 94%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic placement rates.

BPPE 150% Graduation Rate: 52%
BPPE Placement Rate: 91%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC Code Occupation
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant
35-2019 Cooks, All Other
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers
35-3023 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
35-9099 Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
51-3011 Bakers
51-3092 Food Batchmakers
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 63%
ACCSC Placement Rate: 93%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic placement rates.

Program Cost: $18,232.00 + Fees, Books, and Supplies
Credit Hours: 48 quarter credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the Completion and Placement Rates for this program across all campuses.

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 67%
ACCSC Placement Rate: 94%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic placement rates.

BPPE 150% Graduation Rate: 52%
BPPE Placement Rate: 91%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of normal program length and were scheduled to graduate in 2019 are included in this calculation. 0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education regulations for calculating annual programmatic placement rates.

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC Code Occupation
35-1011 Chefs and Head Cooks
35-2014 Cooks, Restaurant
35-2019 Cooks, All Other
35-2021 Food Preparation Workers
35-3023 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
35-9099 Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
51-3011 Bakers
51-3092 Food Batchmakers
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders