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Baking Pastry Specialist

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IOT’s Baking and Pastry Specialist (BPS) program prepares graduates for a broad range of entry points into the foodservice 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.


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 all production aspects of a professional kitchen.


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
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“As a former student, this school definitely prepared me for my new role. They gave me so much experience. I would highly recommend anyone to this school. Not only was the education able to set me up for success, but I was also able to develop a great networking relationship with follow students and staff.”

Why IOT?

We believe school should work for you, which is why our classes are:

  • Engaging
    Learn new skills and take control of your career through hands-on vocational training and real-world education that moves you forward.
  • Supportive
    We offer support with tutoring and instructors with many years of experience in the industry.
  • Convenient
    Fit school into your life with evening classes, accelerated programs, and hybrid learning that can be completed in as little as 9 months.

IOT designs program schedules with your busy lifestyle in mind. You can take advantage of these benefits:
• 180-hour externship in an industry kitchen
• Preparation for ServSafe exams and American Culinary Certification standards for Safety and Sanitation, Supervisory Management, and Nutrition


This program is 890 hours and 48 quarter credit hours.

See your admissions representative for available class times.


Classes are held Monday through Thursday for 40 weeks. At IOT Clovis and Modesto, morning classes are available from 7:30am to noon and night classes are available from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. An independent study component is included.

See your admissions representative for available class times.


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!


IOT offers this program at the following locations:

Clovis, California
Modesto, California

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What Program Graduates Say

  • “I can honestly say that my experience at IOT was one of the best experiences that I’ve had in my life. I enjoyed going to school, learning new things, and trying new recipes. All of our chefs were really supportive and well educated.”

    Jennifer E.

  • “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.



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

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