The Certificate of Completion Baking and Pastry Arts provides a broad foundation of baking and pastry theory and practical training necessary for success in the food service industry. Students will learn the art of creating tasty baked goods, pastries, and confections, from traditional bread baking to beautiful showpieces. Students will also learn to use sugar, syrups, icings and chocolate. Prepares students for an entry-level baking position such as a pastry cook or baker in a bakery, restaurant, hotel or resort.

Entry Requirements

For application and fee information, contact OCCI Admissions at 541-888-7195.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Southwestern is required by federal regulations to disclose information related to the College's educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This information is intended to provide students the opportunity to measure employment outcomes associated with certificate programs.

Gainful employment information for the Certificate of Completion Baking and Pastry Arts can be found online.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 73 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Certificate of Completion Baking and Pastry Arts is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CRT2015 Sanitation and Safety for Managers 3
CRT2031 Bakery and Pastry Fundamentals 6
CRT2032 Baking and Pastry Fundamentals II 7
CRT2016 Culinary Nutrition 1 3
CRT2027 Introduction to Sugar 1
CRT2028 Basic Chocolate 1
CRT2033 Classic and Contemporary Cakes 4
CRT2040 Culinary Arts for Baking and Pastry 6
CRT2007 Inventory Control and Purchasing 1
CRT2017 Restaurant Management Supervision 3
CRT2018 Culinary Arts Career Planning 1
CRT2024 Frozen Desserts 3
CRT2026 Dessert Menu Development 1
CRT2030 Bakery Design 3
CRT2045 Retail Baking 7
Second Year
CRT2034 Advanced Sugar and Chocolate 2
CRT2037 Plated Desserts 6
CRT2042 Wedding Cakes 3
CRT280B2 CWE: Baking and Pastry Arts 12
 Total Credits73

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Prepare yeast-raised products to include breads, yeast-leavened pastries to include laminated doughs, breakfast pastries and leavened cakes.
  • Prepare a variety of cakes, fillings and icings to include chemical and mechanical leavening techniques.
  • Prepare a variety of egg- and dairy-based products, fried baked goods, and a variety of pastry products to include but not limited to meringue, fritters, and pies.
  • Identify, select and demonstrate the use of various chocolates and sugar and the common uses for the decoration processes.
  • List and explain the application of mixes and other convenience products pertaining to the baking process.
  • Describe and apply the principles of nutrition to maximize nutrient retention in baking preparation.
  • Obtain ServSafe Certification.