Baking - Pre-employment Program (H108)

Baking – Pre-Employment
Chef School
St. James Campus
1 year (2 semesters)
Ontario College Certificate
Our mission: the delivery of passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals for the urban hospitality and culinary experience. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, George Brown puts you at the centre of the culinary industry in Canada. This one-year Baking – Pre-Employment certificate program will help you learn the basics of pastry, cakes and decorating through hands-on training and classroom learning.

Full Program Description


Baked Goods

If you want to work as a baker or pastry chef, this is where you start. This one-year certificate program will help you launch a career in baking and pastry arts. You’ll learn all the basics of pastry, cakes and decorating through hands-on training and classroom learning. You’ll also gain specialized knowledge in areas such as artisanal breads, chocolate techniques, fermentation and contemporary dessert plating, as well as menu management and nutrition.

Program Schedule

The schedule for the Baking – Pre-Employment program currently operates from Monday to Friday. In addition, some classes may begin at 7 a.m. and others may run until 10 p.m.

Part Time Study Options  

Do you work during the day? Are you looking for a flexible schedule or do you need to make up a course? Continuing Education offers this complete certificate in evening and weekend courses throughout the year. When you complete this certificate through Continuing Education, you are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the second year of the Baking and Pastry Arts Management full-time program.

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Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

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Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF1094 Baking and Pastry Arts Theory I
HOSF1093 Baking and Pastry Arts Skills I
HOSF1146 Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR (Weekend Course)
COMM1007 College English**
MATH1102 Mathematics for Hospitality**
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF1097 Baking and Pastry Arts Theory II
HOSF1096 Baking and Pastry Arts Skills II
HOSF1224 Dessert Menu Management
HOSF2060 Baking & Pastry Production I
HOSF1255 Nutrition Fundamentals from a Culinary Perspective
HOST1126 Career Preparation
HOSF1206 Cost Control
GNED General Education Elective

** Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007. You may also be required to take MATH 1000 (Math Foundations) before progressing to MATH1102 (Mathematics for Hospitality). COMM 1003/CESL 1003 and MATH1000 do not count as courses required for graduation and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please visit for more information.

Detailed course outlines

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

This program gives you the fundamental skills needed for an exciting and rewarding career in areas such as:

  • Large bakery production
  • Hotel pastry departments
  • Catering companies
  • Any of the countless small bakeries and pastry shops located all over the world

You can even combine the skills you’ve learned with your entrepreneurial spirit and start your own business.

Future Study Options 

Are you a culinary graduate interested in expanding your expertise in pastry? As a culinary graduate from any culinary management program in Ontario, (or one year certificate program with one year of industry experience), you are eligible to apply for our Postgraduate Advanced French Patisserie program (H413).

Graduates may qualify for direct entry to the second year of the Baking and Pastry Arts Management diploma program. Summer semester graduates may be admitted in the Fall semester, based on space availability. Please contact the program co-ordinator for further information.

Tuition and Fees


$5,480.00 * †

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

† Additional Cost

other fees
Description Cost
Uniform $290
Knives and small wares $500-$700
Manuals and books $400
Black safety shoes $100-$140

** First semester material fee includes the Gisslen Professional Baking e-text.

** Second semester material fee includes the Nutrition e-text.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (C, M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Health Policy  

Students should be aware that various allergens including nuts, dairy and shellfish are routinely used in practical labs. Students should also note that George Brown College is sensitive to religious observances; however, while products purchased for production and consumption meet all provincial and federal regulations, they may not meet specific dietary laws related to Halal and Kosher foods.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Contact Timothy Simpson, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, at 416-415-5000, ext. 3138 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

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George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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