Become A Baking
& Pastry Specialist

40 Weeks to a New Career!

Are you ready to turn your passion for pastry into a career? Institute of Technology’s Baking and Pastry Specialist program can put you on the path to an exciting career in the pastry and baking arts.

Creating Your Own Real-World Success

IOT’s Baking and Pastry Specialist (BPS) program prepares graduates for a broad range of entry points into the food service industry through a hands-on foundation of specialized skills in creating breads, cakes, specialty breads and desserts, chocolates, tarts, and torts.

Graduates who pass the appropriate ServSafe Exams will have met the American Culinary Federation Certification standards for Food Safety and Sanitation. IOT’s BPS curriculum is recognized as an American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Quality Program.

As an added benefit, IOT provides students with uniforms and a pastry toolkit in the cost of the program.


IOT enhances classroom instruction through a 160-hour externship in a wide range of kitchen settings in local restaurants, hotels, institutions, and/or clubs. Externships reinforce the BPS learning experience and prepare students for a real-world setting as students rotate through production aspects of a professional kitchen.


“When a student gets a job, I celebrate like it’s my job, too. I will always feel connected to these students… and I feel like we’re making a difference.”





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

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs, and other important information, visit:

“They made a big difference in my life. All of the faculty – they were very supportive… They are a part of my life now, and I’ll never forget them.”

– Meuy Saechao

What Can I do?

You can become a pastry chef in a variety of work settings or pursue a variety of entry-level roles in this field, including the following:
Bakery chef
Dessert specialist
Catering specialist
Institutional and cafeteria baker
Gourmet specialty baker

IOT Fast Facts

Recognized as an American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Quality Program
Uniforms and a pastry toolkit are included in the cost of the program
Local externships in the kitchens of restaurants, hotels, institutions, and/or clubs

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Hours of Instruction/Program Length

This program is 890 hours and 47.5 quarter credit hours.

Weekday Program
Classes are held Monday through Thursday for 40 weeks. At IOT Modesto, night classes are available from 5:30PM to 10:30PM. An independent study component is included.

Weekend Program
Classes are held Saturdays and Sundays for 48 weeks. 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 two convenient campus locations:
Clovis, California
Modesto, California

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