Baking Skills

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Program Code: 1810

School: School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2569

The Baking Skills program has been specifically designed to meet industry demands for professionals skilled in producing baked goods for any number of organizations in the baking sector.

Whether you aspire to work within a large company or want to pursue your own baking business, the fundamental baking skills you learn in this program's Baking courses will get you there.

In Centennial College's baking and pastry labs, including a one-of-a-kind commercial bake shop as well as a cafe, restaurant and event centre, you hone the skills for which employers are looking. From fine decorating and finishing skills to large quantity production techniques, this offering ensures that you are work-ready upon completion.

To even further increase your employability, you also leave the Pre-Employment - Baking program with important industry certifications such as Smart Serve, Safe Food Handlers and CPR.

The commercial baking sector in Canada, and around the world, is one of the most expansive and dynamic industries with limitless career opportunities.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CMBK-101 Baking and Pastry Arts Theory - Basic Progress Campus
CMBK-102 Baking and Pastry Arts Skills - Basic Progress Campus
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
HTAP-101 Introduction to Computers Progress Campus
HTAP-153 Practical Math for Hospitality Progress Campus
HTAP-157 Basic Food Safety Training, Smart Serve, First Aid/CPR Progress Campus
ICAM-100 Principles of Nutrition I Progress Campus
ICAM-101 Culinary Skills Fundamentals - Basic Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CMBK-106 Restaurant Baking Operations Skills - Intermediate Progress Campus
CMBK-107 Catering Baking Operations - Basic Progress Campus
CMBK-201 Baking and Pastry Arts Theory - Advanced Progress Campus
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Progress Campus
HOTL-153 Human Resources Progress Campus
HOTL-206 Principles of Food, Beverage and Labour Cost Controls Progress Campus
HTAP-201 Principles of Hospitality Management Progress Campus
KMGT-104 Purchasing for the Commercial Kitchen Progress Campus

Program Highlights

  • The Baking Skills program features the type of experiential learning opportunities that prepare you for a range of scenarios you may encounter in your career.
  • Progress campus houses live labs that are state-of-the-art and include: a lab especially designed for commercial baking, culinary labs, a restaurant, a cafe and an event centre.
  • The realistic, practical experiences within the offering truly set you apart from the competition.
  • Graduates from the Baking Skills program can transition directly into the second year of the Baking and Pastry Arts Management Program 

Career Outlook

  • Commercial Baker
  • Production Baker
  • Cake Decorator
  • Food Manufacturer

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

After successfully completing this program, you may enter the third semester of the Baking and Pastry Arts Management diploma program.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,850.00 $1,580.00 $4,430.00
International $12,772.00 $2,140.00 $14,912.00