Baking Arts


The Baking Arts program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Baking Arts, the Baking Arts Certificate of Proficiency, and Certificates of Completion that can be completed in two or three quarters. LWTech students enrolled in the program will have a fun and rich experience for learning and growing baking and entrepreneurship skills to prepare them for the culinary industry.

The Baking Arts AAS degree prepares graduates for employment opportunities in a professional pastry kitchen, bakeshop, or business with professional product lines. Students develop academic knowledge and occupational skills that are required for getting a job in the industry, career advancement and retention.

When students enroll in the Baking Arts program, they will:

  • Receive real-world industry job training
  • Gain production experience and build your work portfolio
  • Work in classrooms that are an actual working pastry cafe and bakery, open to the public
  • Learn skills in business management, nutrition and safety and sanitation
  • Take part in competitions
  • Get an American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification.

The program is certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Upon graduation, students will be eligible to receive their initial ACF certifications. This includes a certification as a Certified Pastry Culinarian® (CPC®) in baking arts. Students will also get a valid Washington State Health Card. They will test for their Nationally recognized Serve Safe Certificate. required by many Puget Sound employers.

After completion of their AAS degree or certificates at LWTech, graduates will be prepared for employment in a variety of food service settings. Past LWTech graduates work at leading local and national businesses. These include Compass Group, Blazing Bagels, NY Cupcakes, French Bakery, Deru Market, Hoffman’s, Dianne’s Delights, Whole Foods, and many others.

New! Baking Arts, Certificate of Proficiency

The Baking Arts Specialty Baking Certificate of Proficiency prepares students for entry level employment with a good foundation for job advancement. Students will be prepared for employment opportunities in commercial kitchens, in-store bakeries, baking and catering operations with a focus on production, dietary diversity, cakes, breads and doughs, sugar, and chocolate work. Learn more about the Baking Arts Specialty Baking Certificate of Proficiency.

Information Sessions

Join the professors and members of the admissions team to learn more about the exciting opportunities in the Baking industry and how LWTech can help you achieve your goals during a virtual information session.

Admission Requirements

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

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The Baking Arts program is accredited through the American Culinary Federation.


We are the future bakers, pastry chefs, cake stylists, chocolatiers and sugar artists of the industry. We strive to prepare our students for industry with skills and opportunities, while creating positive experiences and lifelong curiosities in learning.

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