Pastry Arts Certificate Programs in Ohio with Course Descriptions

Research pastry arts programs in Ohio, which currently has four public colleges offering programs. Read an overview of certificate programs, tuition info and program options for these schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

There are four public schools that currently offer pastry arts certificate programs in Ohio. A for-profit school in the state also offers a program, but it's not profiled in this article. The curricula of these programs focus strictly on core career training and do not include general education courses. Credits earned through the certificate programs, however, may be transferred towards an associate's degree.

Four of Ohio's pastry arts certificate programs are described in more detail below, followed by a comparison table that highlights each school's features and tuition info.


Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College is located in Columbus and offers a baking certificate that teaches students how to prepare and aesthetically present a range of desserts, including cakes, pies and cookies. This program is geared toward career training for individuals who want to work in bakeries and other food establishments that serve pastry products, including dining facilities at hotels. Credits earned in this certificate program can be applied toward the school's associate degree program in restaurant and foodservice management with a concentration in baking and pastry arts.

  • Programs Offered: Baking Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2013): $129 per credit hour (in-state);
    $286 per credit hour (out-of-state);
    $344 per credit hour (international)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year; public; large city

Cuyahoga Community College

Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College offers a 32-credit professional baking certificate program that trains students to work as pastry culinarians. Students enrolled in this program learn basic and advanced baking and business skills in courses like culinary fundamentals, pastry basics, customer service and pastry sales. The program also includes a field experience course, which gives students actual hands-on baking experience prior to entering the workforce. Students who wish to go on and earn a degree can apply credits earned in this program toward a degree in hospitality management with a specialization in culinary arts.

  • Programs Offered: Professional Baking Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $98 per credit hour (in-county);
    $125 per credit hour (in-state);
    $242 per credit hour (out-of-state)**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year; public; large city

Owens Community College

Owens Community College has four campus locations that offer programs and training, including the baking and pastry program offered at the Toledo campus. This certificate program is designed for career training and advancement, and students that earn a certificate are typically prepared for employment in bakeshops, fine dining establishments and other food service facilities. Students enrolled in this 28-credit program take three courses focused on baking and pastry and learn hands-on skills, like cake decorating, breadmaking and pastry production.

  • Programs Offered: Baking and Pastry Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2013): $146 per credit hour (in-state);
    $277 per credit hour (out-of-state)***
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year; public; large suburb

Sinclair Community College

Located in Dayton, Sinclair Community College offers a bakery specialist certificate. Students who complete this 17-credit program can transfer credits earned toward an associate degree program in hospitality management and culinary arts. The program is designed to train individuals for work as professional bakers. It can also be useful for individuals who have culinary arts training, but desire further baking and pastry arts training for employment purposes. The program curriculum blends practical instruction with traditional lectures. Among other skills, students learn to prepare pastry doughs and fillings; craft specialty desserts like mousses, custards and merengues; and decorate cakes with icing, airbrush and sugar molding.

  • Programs Offered: Bakery Specialist Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2013): $96 per credit hour (in-county);
    $143 per credit hour (in-state);
    $274 per credit hour (out-of-state)****
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year; public; midsize city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Baking and Pastry Arts Certificates Offered Tuition & Fees
Columbus State Community College 2-year; public; large city Baking Certificate $129 per credit hour (in-state); $286 per credit hour (out-of-state); $344 per credit hour (international) (2013)*
Cuyahoga Community College 2-year; public; large city Professional Baking Certificate $98 per credit hour (in-county); $125 per credit hour (in-state); $242 per credit hour (out-of-state) (2012-2013)**
Owens Community College 2-year; public; large suburb Baking and Pastry Certificate $146 per credit hour (in-state); $277 per credit hour (out-of-state) (2013)***
Sinclair Community College 2-year; public; midsize city Bakery Specialist Certificate $96 per credit hour (in-county); $143 per credit hour (in-state); $274 per credit hour (out-of-state) (2013)****

Source: *Columbus State Community College, **Cuyahoga Community College, ***Owens Community College, ****Sinclair Community College.

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      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate
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    • Charlotte
    • Providence
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      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Culinary Arts and Culinary Services
        • Baking and Pastry Arts
        • Catering and Restaurant Management
        • Chef Training
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    • Muskegon
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      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
      • Culinary Arts and Culinary Services
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        • Catering and Restaurant Management
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      • Undergraduate: Associate
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      • Cosmetology and Related Services
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