School of Skilled Trades

Baking and Pastry Arts

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You want to be a baker or pastry chef.

In the industry, bakers and pastry chefs can work in bakeries, pastry shops, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, catering facilities and more. This profession can include a variety of shifts such as days, nights, early mornings, weekends, and holidays. You must have a good sense of taste and smell, enjoy making food and working with your hands, and be able to work as a team. The Baking and Pastry Arts diploma program focuses on the art and science of bread, cake and pastry making, including

  • cake design and decorating
  • confectionery training (chocolate and sugar)
  • artisan-style baking
  • showpiece making

There is also a focus on culinary fundamentals, international and specialty baking, baking for alternative diets, business, customer service, and showpiece making. Using NAIT’s fully equipped bakery and pastry arts training lab, you will learn to safely operate and maintain the kinds of equipment used in a variety of bakery, pastry arts, and confectionery operations.

At NAIT, Baking and Pastry Arts classes begin early in the morning, which is reflective of typical work hours in industry. The environment can be hot and humid, using ovens, stoves, knives, and other bakery equipment, and often requires standing for long periods of time. Baking may involve the following: use of basic math skills such as measurement calculation, clear and concise written and verbal communication, and an ability to adhere to public health and safety standards. Bakery environments may involve lifting and moving objects up to 20 kg (45 lbs.). (Please contact NAIT should you wish to discuss possible accommodations). Maintaining professionalism including respect, responsibility and accountability are key in this industry.

Sep 01, 2022

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The 2-year Baking and Pastry Arts diploma will train you in traditional, contemporary and modern baking methods. The program provides hands-on experience in the art and science of bread, cake and pastry production, including cake design and decorating, confectionary training (chocolate and sugar), artisan-style baking and frozen desserts.

This practical knowledge is complemented by training in:

  • baking theory
  • nutrition
  • baking for alternative diets
  • showpiece making
  • trade calculations
  • sanitation
  • safety
  • business concepts
  • customer service

In the first year of the program, students can expect to learn fundamental concepts, skills and preparation methods, such as

  • yeast fermentation to create artisan-style baked products
  • cake and cookie fundamentals
  • introductory decorating techniques
  • production of classical and modern pastries, chocolates and confections

In the second year of the program, students can expect to learn intermediate and advanced techniques as well as business concepts, such as

  • how to plan and construct single/mixed media edible art centerpieces
  • traditional baking, pastry and confectionary specialties from around the world
  • how to adjust formulas for alternative diets
  • entrepreneurship, product development and menu creation (with beverage pairings)

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Enter the workforce with confidence

Become a Certified Journeyman Baker

During the Baking and Pastry Arts diploma program, students can challenge the first- and second-year apprenticeship exam during the first year of the program, and the third-year apprenticeship exam during the second year of the program at a cost of $150.00 for each exam. An additional 5,400 hours of employment must be completed to become a certified journeyman baker. See the Baker apprenticeship program page for more information.

Graduates may elect to indenture as apprentices in bakeries or other establishments where baking is a major production factor. Once indentured, and after successful completion of the journeyman exam, the graduate can challenge the Interprovincial Red Seal exam once they are in their third period of apprentice hours.

Continuing your studies

Professional association courses
Baking graduates have the opportunity to take courses through The Baking Association of Canada.

Further career enhancement courses
Baking graduates have the opportunity to take career enhancement courses at the following institutions.

  • Ecole Grégoire Ferrandi, Paris, France
  • San Francisco Baking Institute
  • Bellouet Conseil, Paris, France
  • French Pastry School, Chicago, USA
  • NAIT Bakes
Baking and Pastry Arts Showcase

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  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
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Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 1 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of D in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Please see below for the list of courses that are available for PLAR credits in this program. Select the specific course for more information on the evidence that is required for each course.

Please refer to the Credit for Work and Life Experience page for more information on how to apply for PLAR credits.

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

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Want to learn more about this program?

Thank you for your interest! We want to get you in contact with the right person to answer your questions.

Please contact the Student Service Centre for general inquiries such as:

  • Student application support
  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
  • Program admissions process
  • Enrolment support
  • Student funding options
  • Fee and refund inquiries
  • General program and course withdrawal procedures
  • Navigating nait.ca and MyNAITPortal

Contact Student Service Centre

Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal



The personal information on this form is being collected under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act and section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The information will be protected by the provisions of FOIP, and will be used for the purpose of registration and administration of the event. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection, use, security or disclosure of the personal information, please contact General Council at 780.471.7664 or legal@nait.ca.

 

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