Diplomas and Certificates

For just about all the different kinds of jobs in the culinary field there are diplomas and certificate programs to help you get there.

It’s possible to get into a decent-paying position at a good restaurant with your native skills and talents, but if you don’t have the connections, longevity, or just want to ensure that you can prove that you know your stuff to a potential employer, a diploma or certificate will certainly help.

And, if you aspire to specialty positions in your field, proving that you’ve gained the necessary skills and techniques is easier done if you’ve completed a diploma or certificate program.

The main focus of these credentials is mostly on the technical, practical aspects of the job. These credentials are generally offered for the fundamental elements of working in the culinary field – basic kitchen skills and hospitality, baking and pastry, restaurant management, catering and others. Other certificate programs include overview courses on the different kinds of popular cuisine and offer students the opportunity to improve their existing techniques.

Do you have the basic knife skills to be a line cook or food prep worker? Can you maintain a clean working environment and handle and store food in a manner consistent with the health code? Do you know the difference between baking and broiling? Do you have the basic administrative and customer service skills to keep the kitchen and the dining area running smoothly? A diploma or certificate can answer these questions.

Not all diploma or certificate programs are equal, however, so it’s important to know the details of the program before you sign up. Those just entering the field might want to set themselves up with the program that gives them the most chance to take advantage of the opportunities in the culinary field; those with some experience may not need such an extensive education and might want to take courses that point them towards the specialty they desire. Those just breaking in might want to take programs with plenty of hands-on experience to maximize their beginner skills; those who’ve been working for a while might be able to use their experience in lieu of kitchen or lab hours.

No matter which program you choose, accreditation is an important element you must not overlook. A cheap, quick course that promises you credentials in a few weeks might be too good to be true, but so is the expensive, extensive course if the school does not back it up with accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

A graduate of a certificate or diploma program will be able to work in the entry-level spots in restaurants, cafeterias, cafes, bistros, bakeries, hotel eateries and other outlets. They may also find themselves working more behind the scenes with food distribution companies and kitchen equipment companies, or corporate dining rooms. They may manage the floor or the kitchen of a casual dining establishment, or cater events.

Other occupations a certificate or diploma may give graduates access to include food writer, or food demonstrator, cooking workshop teacher, event coordinator and restaurant publicist.

Keiser University

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career-focused education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success. Our small class sizes, individualized attention, and one-class-at-a-time schedules create a positive learning environment where you can excel. Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or to advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs.

Keiser University Advantage

  • Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs
  • Day, Evening, and Online Classes
  • Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify
  • Job Placement Assistance Available
  • Military-friendly, scholarships for qualified active duty personnel, Veterans, and dependants. Yellow Ribbon program participant, approved for Veterans training

Programs and delivery format vary by campus. Courses are subject to change.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.

  • Sarasota
  • Melbourne
  • Tallahassee
  • Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
  • Associate of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

Remington College

At Remington College, we offer a variety of educational programs.

While no reputable school can guarantee employment after graduation, our programs are designed with an emphasis on helping students to prepare for entry-level employment in various career fields.

This combination of traditional teaching methods along with practical classroom experience provides an opportunity for students to apply and practice their knowledge and skills.

Not sure which program is right for you? Remington College understands that choosing a career path can be stressful for some students. That’s why we have admissions staff available to students in order to help them find an area of study that is right for them.

Some programs that may be available in your area:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Medical Assisting
  • Cosmetology
  • Pharmacy Technician

Why choose Remington College?

  • Small class sizes
  • Day or evening classes available in select programs
  • Career focused educational programs
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify

Simply fill out the form to receive more information about Remington College.

  • Memphis
  • Culinary Skills Essentials

Sullivan University

Sullivan University is a private college or university, offering higher education for people with higher goals. At Sullivan University, we focus on in-demand programs that lead to successful careers. Whether you’re a high school student considering college for the first time, an adult returning to school or someone seeking professional development, you’ll be surprised at the variety and range of alternatives Sullivan University offers. We offer programs designed to fit into your life, whether you prefer day, evening or online classes – or some combination – we work hard to help you get what you need. We offer everything from certificates and diplomas to advanced degrees, so no matter what your timeline may be, we have the program to fit. Since our founding over fifty years ago, the goal of Sullivan University has been to prepare students for success, and over the decades, we’ve built up an impressive record in achieving that goal. Our course offerings have continually evolved to meet the real, practical needs of the business world and our work continues even after a student has graduated, with unlimited employment assistance to help graduates find jobs nationwide. Find out what makes Sullivan the right fit for you!

Sullivan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degrees.

  • Louisville
  • Lexington
  • Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
  • Associate of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Professional Cook Career Diploma