What Can You Do With a Culinary Arts Certificate?

This certificate sets you up for success in the food service industry in a range of roles. Through this program, you gain key culinary skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced and ever-growing industry. Work experience is a key part of the certificate. That experience and your coursework mean you’re ready for positions like:

  • Line cook
  • Prep cook
  • Personal chef
  • Caterer

With your ServSafe® certification (this program prepares you to take the exam), you can take on roles of greater responsibility:

  • Restaurant manager
  • Head cook
  • Chef
  • Baking and pastry chef

This could be the start of a creative and rewarding career—a restaurant with your name on it? A much-followed food truck?

Earn Your ServSafe® Certification

At graduation, you’re ready to earn the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification. Administered by the National Restaurant Association, ServSafe® is the gold standard for quality and safety in the foodservice industry. ServSafe® satisfies the California requirement for food managers and is portable, meaning it goes with you even if you move to another state.

Earn Your Hospitality Degree

Once you graduate with your certificate in Culinary Arts, you may decide to continue your education at Copper Mountain College. If so, the associate degree Hospitality Management program is a perfect fit for you. This two-year degree unlocks doors in a growing industry and provides you with a variety of important business skills. Plus, you can also use it to transfer — with a guarantee — to a California State University.

Culinary Arts Cert.: What to Expect

  • Completion Requirements
    • 12 units of required courses
    • 8 units of work experience
    • 20 total certificate units
    • A minimum of a 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
    • A grade of “C” or better in all required courses (a “P” grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major)
  • Required Courses

    CULN 001A: Culinary Essentials | 3.00

    CULN 001B: Vegetables, Legumes & Other Starches | 3.00

    CULN 002A: Dairy, Breakfast Foods, Salads & Appetizers | 3.00

    CULN 002B: Essential Baking, Meat, Poultry & Seafood | 3.00

  • What You Learn
    1. How the hospitality industry works and your own career opportunities
    2. Consistent kitchen production and food presentation
    3. Safe ways to handle, prepare, and serve various foods

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