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Are you ready to turn your passion for baking into a career? If you love spending time in the kitchen perfecting cakes and pastries, then our one-year baking certificate is the next step to take you to the professional level.

Experience or not, you will learn the ins and outs of the modern bakery from production of breads and doughnuts to cookies and specialty cakes. Learn from and work alongside some of the region’s top pastry chefs in our Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.

You’ll leave this program knowing how to operate the most current bakery equipment and machinery, order bakery supplies and equipment, compute the cost of a finished bakery product and implement creative merchandising displays. You will mix, proof and bake breads, sweet goods, rolls, pies, cakes and variety breads. And you’ll become an expert in preparing and applying icings and filings to cakes, pies and pastries. You will also gain real experience in the student-run bakery on the SCC campus.

Detailed Information

There is a 50-pound lifting requirement for this program. In addition to tuition, some classes have lab fees for chef uniforms, decorating tools, and textbooks. You will also be required to obtain a Spokane County Health Card, which is currently $10. For more information, please read our Books and Tools list.

  1. Operate equipment and machinery in a modern bake shop.
  2. Mix, proof and bake breads, sweet goods, rolls, pies, specialty cakes and variety breads.
  3. Prepare and apply icings and fillings to cakes, pies and pastries.
  4. Order bakery supplies and equipment.
  5. Weigh and measure product ingredients, and properly portion finished baked goods.
  6. Implement creative bakery merchandising.
  7. Compute the cost of a finished bakery product.
A minimum 50-pound lifting requirement is required for this program.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.


Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

This program prepares students for employment in independent, specialty bakeries and professional cake decorating environments. The certificate provides practical and theoretical training in personal hygiene in the baking industry, baking machinery usage, and production training in the baking of artisan breads and pastries. Students learn decorating, including proper piping procedures, tube usage, flower creation and decoration, color mixing and design principles.

Students must complete all courses with a 2.0 grade or better before advancing to subsequent quarters.

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Total Program Credits: 45

Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
BAK 101
Introduction to Baking and Pastries  
BAK 110
Artisan Breads  
BAK 111
HM 112
Hospitality Mathematics   1
Total Credits

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
BAK 120
Special Occasion Cakes  
BAK 121
Tortes and Gateau  
BAK 130
Sculptured Cakes  
BAK 131
Rolled Fondant  
BAK 248
Wedding Cakes  
CUL 115
Foodservice Safety and Sanitation  
Total Credits

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
BAK 288
Cooperative Education Work Experience (No Seminar)   2
CUL 256
Hospitality Writing  
HM 130
Human Relations  
Total Credits

1 This course may be substituted with any course or combination of courses approved by the instructional dean.
2 BAK 288 may be substituted with BAK 266 and 267 for 7 credits.

Estimated costs for completing this program

WA Resident
$ 4,621
$ 5,730
$ 10,571
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
Course Fees
$ 1,254
$ 1,254
$ 1,254
Institutional Fees
$ 1,606
$ 1,606
$ 1,606
Total Costs
$ 8,183
$ 9,292
$ 14,133

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

  • Katie Anderson
    Katie Anderson
    Commercial Baking Instructor
    A.A., Art Institute of Seattle
  • Curtis Smith
    Curtis Smith
    Culinary Arts
    A.A., Spokane Community College; A.O.S., Culinary Institute of America; Additional study Whitworth College

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