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Baking & Pastry Specialist Overview

If you are looking to start a food service career or add sweet treats to your resume, CVTC’s Baking & Pastry Specialist degree is the right choice! This one-year hands-on program is designed to teach you the technical skills to make everything from bread to desserts and the business knowledge to manage a bakery.

Spend time in CVTC’s state of the art culinary lab learning basic through advanced techniques, and learn the skills needed for a career in restaurants, bakeries, catering services, or starting your own business!

Baking & Pastry Specialist students will learn to:

  • Execute basic bakeshop fundamental techniques
  • Manage a bakery
  • Master advanced bakeshop techniques
  • Understand banquet and catering services
  • Develop retail concepts

Career Opportunities


Pastry Specialist

Just the Facts

Baking & Pastry Specialist
24 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

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   Financial Aid Eligible

Estimated Program Cost 

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Estimated Total:  $6,203

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Baking & Pastry Specialist program.

Intro to Baking & Pastry
This introductory course covers the basic theory and fundamental skills used throughout the professional bakeshop and the production of high-quality products. Topics covered include the use of hand tools and equipment found in a bakeshop, as well as the exploration of baking and pastry ingredients and their functions. Students will explore and practice fundamental techniques such as creaming, blending, foaming, meringues, pre-cooked, cut-in, lamination, straight dough, custards, frozen desserts, chocolates, and sauces with an emphasis on fundamental production techniques. Students will also taste, evaluate, and present their products in class and through retail production.

Bakery Management
Bakery Management introduces students to the basic elements of operating a retail bakery. Topics will include start up considerations, Human Resources Management, Training, Bakery Operations, and Systems Development.

Advanced Baking & Pastry
This course will build upon the skills and knowledge you have developed during your introduction courses in the Baking and Pastry Program. Throughout this course you will apply advanced baking and pastry techniques in the operation of a restaurant open to the public, retail bakery, as well as developing new skills and understanding in banquets and catering, bakery management, and human resource management. During this course your class will have the opportunity to develop a retail concept.

Baking & Pastry Specialist Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.


Yearly Salary

Baking & Pastry Specialist professionals make an average starting salary of $29,322.


Credits to Other Institutions

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* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from EMSI which is an Economic Modeling Software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Culinary Management, Associate Degree


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