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Baking and Pastry Arts Management with optional Co-op

Baking and Pastry Arts Management with optional Co-op

Conestoga College, Canada

About This Program

Whether you are shifting careers or want to start one as a baker or pastry chef, this two-year College Diploma program in Baking and Pastry Arts Management will help you advance in the fast-growing hospitality and culinary arts industry.

Developed with culinary arts leaders in Canada, the program has a unique dual focus on:

  • Advanced pastry and baking training 
  • The critical management skills in finance, sales, and marketing that you will need to run a successful operation.

Besides the classroom instruction and if you qualify, the college will give you the option to take part in an industry-based co-op to augment your knowledge and skills with real-world experience. Co-op programs add value to your education as your potential employers know you already attuned to Canadian ethics and work standards.

This course may also allow you to travel to an international location in cooperation with its college partners outside Canada. 

If you are a Filipino Citizen, there is no need to sit for any Secure English Language Test such as the IELTS or PTE if you are going to enroll in Conestoga College UNLESS:

  • The program explicitly requires it OR;
  • You intend to apply under the Study Direct Stream procedure.

The program opens at 48 slots for the first year so talk to us first if you're interested in joining any of the two intakes per year.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Conestoga College recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that you gained through your work, formal and informal education, non-formal learning, or other life experiences.

This prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level. It must also meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses.

Do you want your prior learning recognized for advanced standing or exemption? You may have to undergo further assessment, such as challenge exams.

Once you complete the assessment, Conestoga records your proper course credit on your official transcript.

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Course Delivery

This Baking and Pastry Arts Management (Optional Co-op) Diploma program is offered at the Waterloo campus of the college. 

You will spend time in Conestoga College's state-of-the-art labs and teaching facilities,  developing and expanding on the core skills of the culinary arts industry. You will acquire technical knowledge of ingredient function, formula balance, and modern technology as it relates to the field.

This program offers an optional co-op term. As co-op placement is dependent on Canada labor market conditions, Conestoga College cannot guarantee co-op employment. Moreover, work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation. You will, therefore, be required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the support and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.


Prepare yourself for a career in various areas of the baking and pastry realm, including commercial bakeries, pastry shops, chocolate shops, as well as extensive production facilities.

At the end of the program, Conestoga pathways enable you to build on your academic achievements to earn a degree or an additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. 

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Learning Outcomes

This program includes practical, theoretical, and hands-on training in areas of baking, cake decorating, sanitation and safety, and pastry shop management, and advanced techniques practiced in the culinary arts industry.

The core skills you will learn in this program include creating artisan breads and breakfast pastries; wedding cakes; chocolates and confections; plated desserts; classic and modern tarts, entremets, and petits fours; laminated dough and viennoiseries; ice cream and sorbets; artisan sugar confections.

On the business side, you will learn the critical management skills to run a successful operation, including cost control and forecasting, labor relations and leadership, sales and marketing, and small business development.

Therefore, by the end of the two-year Baking and Pastry Arts Management program, the college expects you to know how to:

  • Plan, prepare and present a variety of bakery, pastry and confectionery products to meet the diverse needs of a range of food service environments
  • Research and design a variety of bakery, pastry, and confectionery related products that meet the needs of a range of foodservice environments
  • Apply fundamental nutritional principles, including formula modifications to all aspects of baking production, with an awareness of potential allergens and dietary requirements
  • Apply kitchen management skills to use resources in baking and pastry operations responsibly
  • Identify business practices, including marketing and cost control to manage a pastry and baking operation effectively
  • Develop and use strategies to enhance practical skills, knowledge, leadership, and management practices
  • Perform work professionally, independently and collaboratively in a baking, pastry or confectionery environment
  • Perform equipment maintenance, sanitation, and food safety practices to provide for a healthy, safe and well-maintained work environment
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment, and environmental stewardship.


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Course Outline

You start by applying to the regular program, Code 1484.  Once you decide whether you will apply for co-op, you apply for the co-op stream.

To be considered for admission to the co-op program, you must achieve a minimum of 2.75 SWA or 70% session weighted average. You should have no dropped or failed courses during the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op work period.

Since labor market conditions determine co-op seats in any optional co-op program, you might not be admitted to the co-op stream even if you qualify.

The following are details for the Optional Co-op Course Code 1484C:

Level 1

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
COMP1006 Software Applications I
CON0101 Conestoga 101
CUL1470 Baking and Pastry Arts Theory I
CUL1480 Baking and Pastry Arts Skills I
MATH1575 Mathematics for Hospitality
OHS1390 Hospitality Certifications: SmartServe & Food Handlers

Level 2

CEPR1020 Co-op and Career Preparation
CUL1010 Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle
CUL1500  Baking and Pastry Arts Theory II
CUL1510  Baking and Pastry Arts Skills II
CUL1520 Dessert Menu Management
CUL1530  Baking Production
MGMT1050 Kitchen Management I

Level 3

COOP1600 Co-op Work Term (Baking & Pastry Arts)

Level 4

CUL2160 Advanced Cake Decorating
CUL2170 The Modern Cafe
CUL2180 Principles of Formula Development
CUL2190 Chocolates and Confections
HOSP2225 Wine and Food Pairing


Electives: General Education. You must complete a minimum of 42 hours

Level 5

CUL2200 Capstone Project (Baking & Pastry Arts)
CUL2210 Modern Patisserie Trends and Techniques
ENTR2025 Small Business Management and Marketing
HOSP2090 Hospitality Leadership


  • You may only fail or defer one work term regardless of the reason(s).
  • You must maintain academic eligibility standard to participate in a co-op work term, including successfully completing the required co-op program prerequisites.
  • If your academic performance declines considerably during the term prior to any work term, Conestoga College reserves the right to withdraw your participation in the upcoming work term.

Course Info

Course Code : 1484

College : Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Duration : Two years

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Diploma

Fees :

The actual costs for 2020/2021 at the Waterloo Campus is for estimation purposes only. For example, the entire program fee for the 2019 Fall intake fee is CAD 30,640.50.

Take note of the following:

  • The above figure represents what Conestoga College expects will be your reasonable international fees.
  • Books and supplies are excluded.
  • These fees are subject to change. The college will make every effort to provide you with as much advance notice as possible when fees change.
  • You will be responsible for your transportation and associated costs to complete work term requirements.

Intake Dates :

There are two intake dates every year:

  • September (Fall)
  • January (Winter)

IVC however, accepts applications for an intake date up to 9 months before the start of classes.  This preparation period includes:

  • Ensuring you have a place in the program.
  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office of the college;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

The long period will also allow you sufficient time to:

  • Review for the English language proficiency exam if you intend to apply under the SDS;
  • Collate your documents;
  • Put together funds for the initial Tuition Fee payment and maintenance funds.

So be sure you apply early!  After all, you deserve the best professional service we can offer.

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Entry Criteria

  • You must have completed the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or be 19 years of age or older with mature student status.
  • A sound mathematical and English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission process. The following are the academic requirements to be accepted to this two-year Baking and Pastry Arts Management program:
    • Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR
    • Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
    • Grade 11 Mathematics, C, M (U/C), or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics (MATH1420)
  • You must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency and meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • TOEFL iBT: 80
    • IELTS Academic test: 6.0 with no score less than 5.5
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53.

Requirements are different if you intend to apply under the Study Direct Stream. Call our IVC Office at +63917 529 8472 to speak with a Migration Associate regarding this. 

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