Commercial Bakery and Pastry Arts - CCL

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Commercial Bakery and Pastry Arts program is designed to teach baking and pastry techniques and fundamentals associated with that area of the culinary industry. Emphasis is on skills required for positions in commercial operations. Instruction includes principles for preparation, storage and serving bakery products, study of ingredients, preparation of classical and artisan breads, rich yeast doughs and edible centerpieces; decorative showpieces and special occasion cakes; basic business operation of a retail bakery.


Major Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Admission criteria

Formal application and acceptance into the program is required.

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Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, evening, and full-time.  

Program Length

It takes a minimum of 2 semesters as a full-time student. This estimate does not include developmental education courses (courses under 100 level).


All Culinary Arts program classes use low or no-cost textbooks. General Education courses may have textbooks that cost more. 

Program Contacts

Mark Dow, Culinary Arts Program Director
Office: AP 254
Phone: (480) 423-6241

Gary Ward, Division Chair
Office: AP 247
Phone: (480) 423-6685

Division Secretary: TBA
Office: AP 251
Phone: (480) 423-6578

Program Notes:

  • Culinary Arts Student Interest Form
  • Enroll in the courses listed in the Program Curriculum
  • For permission to take upper-level class:
    • Email  and provide us with the following.
      • Full name
      • Student ID#
      • Course number and section of classes you would like to take
      • Brief explanation of your educational and industry background
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CUL113Commercial Baking Techniques3
CUL119Baking Theory and Retail Operations3
CUL127Classical Desserts3
CUL137Specialty Breads and Breakfast Pastry3
CUL215Advanced Pastry Arts3
CUL219Professional Pastry Techniques3
  • Describe principles and practice techniques for preparation, storage and serving bakery products to include breads, cakes, pies, pastries, fillings, icings and cookies. (CUL113)
  • Identify basic ingredients and their functions in the baking production process including flours, sugar, fats and liquids. (CUL113, CUL119)
  • Describe and implement safety practices critical to a commercial baking environment to include work with specialized equipment and high temperature products. (CUL113, CUL215)
  • Examine the functions of bakeshop organization, large, small and specialty equipment uses and requirements, and develop a plan for a retail bakery concept. (CUL119)
  • Demonstrate uses of culinary math in a bakeshop to include weights, measures, conversions, food costing, pricing and practical applications. (CUL119)
  • Demonstrate and describe characteristics for production of French pastry, torts, custards, soufflés, crepes and other classical desserts. (CUL127)
  • Describe and produce a variety of classical and artisan breads, to include classic breakfast pastries utilizing laminated, sweet and yeast doughs. (CUL137)
  • Identify, describe and apply techniques for production of decorative work applied to showpieces, special occasion and wedding cakes to include the use of pastillage, sugar work, royal icing, gumpaste, chocolate and fondant. (CUL215)
  • Apply proper techniques for creation of special occasion, wedding cakes, chocolate pieces, sugar pieces. (CUL215)
  • Utilize and describe principles for production of plated desserts, frozen desserts, chocolates, ice creams, mousses, Bavarians, application for combinations of multiple items and techniques. (CUL219)

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