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The Culinary Arts Certificate is designed for the serious hobbyist rather than the industry professional-in-training. Courses focus on food service sanitation and basic cooking skills.

Certificate courses also apply to the Culinary Arts associate’s degree program.

Students in the certificate program are not eligible for financial aid or Kentucky reciprocity.

Related Programs

Culinary Arts (CUL)Hospitality Management (HOSP)Pastry Arts (PAS)Dietetic Technology (DT)Dietary Management Certificate (DMC)Pre-​Nutrition Science (PNS)


Program Chair

Chef Mary (Betsy) Lasorella


Chef Margaret (Meg) Galvin

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Enter the Culinary associate's degree program
  • Work as a line cook, prep cook, or pantry worker

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Line Cook
  • Prep Cook
  • Food Preparation Worker
  • Cold Preparation Worker

Graduate Employment Outlook

Although the Culinary Arts Certificate is primarily intended for serious hobbyists, graduates have excellent opportunities for entry-level employment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in culinary fields is projected to grow 8% over the next 10 years, due to increased consumer demand for dining places including restaurants and grocery stores.

$18,000 - $22,000 annually

Graduate Starting Salary Projections


Effective 2021-2022 academic year

Culinary Arts Certificate (CAC)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
CUL 100 Culinary Demonstration 2 0 2
CUL 101 Culinary 1 0 6 3
CUL 102 Culinary 2 0 6 3
CUL 115 Food Service Sanitation 1 0 1
XXX XXX Culinary Elective 3 0 3
Total Credits: 6 12 12


Culinary Elective
CUL 105 Culinary Baking 3
CUL 110 Culinary Nutrition 3
HRM 110 Food and Beverage Cost Control 3

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