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Course Description

CIP Code: 12.0501

Baking and Pastry Arts


This is an instructional program with specialized classroom and practical work experiences associated with the preparation of breads, crackers, cakes, pies, pastries and other bakery products for retail distribution, consumption in a commercial food service establishment or special functions. Instruction includes making, freezing and handling of baking products, decorating and displaying of baking items at a retail counter display, and packaging of merchandise. This is a comprehensive program designed to prepare individuals for employment in a variety of occupations in the baking industry.


Students have the opportunity to demonstrate skills in our student run bakery. In addition to classic pastry and cake items, the students will also run seasonal items. This gives them an opportunity to practice customer service, counter service and register operation.

Course Content

Topics of Study include:

  • Introduction to the Hospitality & Baking Industry

  • Sanitation & Safety

  • Business & Math Skills

  • Baking Preparation

  • Baking Fundamentals

  • Purchasing, Receiving, Inventory & Storage

  • Nutrition

  • Baking Planning

  • Human Relations Skills

Required Uniform & Materials

The CMTHS Required Baking & Pastry Arts Uniform can be ordered HERE.

Recommended Materials:

  • Basic cake decorating tip set. You can purchase a larger set if you choose. Click HERE for a link to an example of the required minimum.

Related Occupations

  • Pastry Chef

  • Line Cook

  • Bakery Manager/Owner

  • Banquet Chef

  • Caterer

  • Baker

  • Bread Maker

  • Television Chef

  • Food Wholesaler

  • Food Stylist

  • Baking and Pastry Arts Educator

Potential Certifications

Students in the Baking and Pastry Arts Program may earn the following certifications:

  • NOCTI Retail Commercial Baking

  • ServSafe Food Handler Certification

  • ServSafe/Manager Food Safety Certification

Post-Secondary Education

Recent graduates from the Baking & Pastry Arts Program are attending:

  • The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

  • Johnson & Wales University

  • Montgomery County Community College

  • Culinary Institute of America


Articulation Agreements are cooperative arrangements for granting admission and college credit to students who are continuing their education.  Central Montco Technical High School has articulated its programs with a wide range of colleges and technical schools resulting in college credit or priority placement for CMTHS students.

Click HERE and select Baking & Pastry Arts 12.0501 and your year of graduation to see what Articulation Agreements are available for this program of study.

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