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At a Glance

22 week program
135 hour externship
24 credits

Enrollment Dates

September 2019

January 2020

May 2020

Program Disclosure Information

For more information regarding our programs, including graduation rates and median loan debt of completers, please see NECI Program Disclosure Information.

Certificate in Professional Baking and Pastry Arts

Learning in our operations, side-by-side with NECI Chef-Instructors for 22 weeks gives you the skills you need to perform with confidence. This intensive “learn by doing” program gets to the heart of day-to-day kitchen operations. 

The Certificate programs are designed to prepare our students to become industry professionals. As graduates, they will be able to perform effectively at one or more positions in a variety of foodservice establishments, depending on concentration. In addition to professional technical skills, Certificate students will also focus on business and entrepreneurial goals.

The Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts is an introduction into the fundamentals of culinary technique designed for students who are new to commercial cooking. This program teaches the technical side of the profession including sanitation, scaled food-production, product sourcing with a focus on sustainability, and other culinary basics. This is the most popular program for students who are changing careers or taking their first steps in a culinary career.

From here, you may go on to other programs, such as NECI’s Associate of Occupational Studies in Baking & Pastry Arts degree.

Educational Objectives

  • To impart to students a basic theoretical knowledge
  • To provide basic practical training in fundamental skills
  • To promote the development of managerial attributes 


Cost of Attendance (Certificate in Professional Baking)
  On-Campus Off-Campus
Tuition $16,800 $16,800
Technology Fee $400 $400
Room $7,466 -
Board $3,000/$1,500 $3,000/$1,500
Materials $810 $810
Total Tuition and Fees $28,476/$26,976 $21,010/$19,510



Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts Program Disclosures (View)

New England Culinary Institute is required to disclose information regarding the on-time graduation rates, the placement rates, tuition and fees, occupational opportunities, and the median loan debt of students who have completed our degree and certificate programs.

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