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Program Information

School:Vancouver Island University
Faculty:Trades and Applied Technology
Degree:Certificate; Apprenticeship
Field of Study:Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Description:The Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island (CIVI) at VIU provides students with a Certificate in Professional Baking and Pastry Arts giving them the leading edge to advancement and progression in the baking and pastry profession. This full–time program provides baking and pastry arts students with knowledge and experience in the science and production of bakery items baked in both commercial ovens and our wood burning brick oven. Emphasis is placed on traditional and artisan baking methods as applied to modern Canadian and international trends. The pastry arts component of the program also provides the fundamental skills needed in pastry training from cake decoration, including wedding and special occasion cakes, to desserts, chocolate and sugar work. Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island baking and pastry arts students are ready for employment in the professional baking and pastry industry — patisserie shops, hotels, retail and wholesale bakeries, supermarkets, restaurants, caterers, camps and other food–related businesses.

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive the Vancouver Island University certificate in Professional Baking and Pastry Arts as well as credit for their first year Baker Apprentice technical training.
URL:Professional Baking and Pastry Arts at Vancouver Island University
Length:10 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,008

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    - Grade 12, or equivalent, or mature student status. - Minimum 17 years of age. - Successful completion of assessment testing. - Submission of copy of Foodsafe Level I certificate. - Interview may be required. - Personal profile. - Math and/or reading and/or trades aptitude test may be required. - Physically fit and able to adapt to working conditions. - Good hand/eye coordination. - Good health, free of vision, hearing or respiratory ailments. - Valid driver’s license will be required for vehicle and equipment operation. Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program. Students must have the ability to stand for 4 hours at a time, and must be capable of lifting 20 kg/44 lbs as per industry standard.

    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    High school career food preparation courses and food industry experience is recommended.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on August 10, 2017

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