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Baking and Pastry Arts

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
You want to be a baker or pastry chef. In the industry, bakers and pastry chefs can work in bakeries, pastry shops, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, catering facilities and more. This profession can include a variety of shifts such as days, nights, early mornings, weekends, and holidays. You must have a good sense of taste and smell, enjoy making food and working with your hands, and be able to work as a team. The Baking and Pastry Arts diploma program focuses on the art and science of bread, cake and pastry making, including cake design and decorating confectionery training (chocolate and sugar) artisan-style baking showpiece making There is also a focus on culinary fundamentals, international and specialty baking, baking for alternative diets, business, customer service, and showpiece making. Using NAIT's fully equipped bakery and pastry arts training lab, you will learn to safely operate and maintain the kinds of equipment used in a variety of bakery, pastry arts, and confectionery operations. At NAIT, Baking and Pastry Arts classes begin early in the morning, which is reflective of typical work hours in industry. The environment can be hot and humid, using ovens, stoves, knives, and other bakery equipment, and often requires standing for long periods of time. Baking may involve the following: use of basic math skills such as measurement calculation, clear and concise written and verbal communication, and an ability to adhere to public health and safety standards. Bakery environments may involve lifting and moving objects up to 20 kg (45 lbs.). (Please contact NAIT should you wish to discuss possible accommodations). Maintaining professionalism including respect, responsibility and accountability are key in this industry.

Office of the Registrar
11762 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5G2R1, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
  • Grade 10 Language Arts (English 10-2)*
  • Grade 10 Mathematics (Any of: Math 10C, Math 10-3, Math 20-4, Applied Math 10, Math 13, or Math 24)*
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency


*See Competitive entrance requirements for more information

Application Deadline

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Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $6,120.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,950.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,248.20 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated December 06, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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