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Professional Cooking Proficiency Certificate


The growing hospitality industry in the city and the region is in need of qualified personnel. This set of courses is designed for the individual seeking to acquire culinary skills for possible employment within the food service industry at an entry-level position as a cook. This proficiency certificate includes courses in elementary and quantity food preparation, baking, and American cuisine or menu planning and food production. When completed, the courses may be applied to the Culinary Arts Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing the Professional Cooking Proficiency Certificate, the students will be able to:

  • Apply their acquired skills by preparing regional cuisines, cold foods, and international cuisine.
  • Apply their acquired skills by preparing basic quick breads, rolls, breakfast items, basic desserts, icings, cakes, cookies, and pies.
  • Enhance their opportunities for employment as an entry-level cook.

Entrance Requirements:

*Students who have proof of current ServSafe Certification and who have the equivalent of one year full time paid experience within the past five years in a commercial kitchen may register directly for CAHM 171 and may earn the certificate in 12 credits. Students must be ENGL 098 ready and FNMT 017 ready.

Professional Cooking Proficiency Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number Course Title Prerequisites Credits
CAHM 170 Elementary Food Preparation, Principles and Practices*   4
CAHM 151 Elementary Baking and Pastry   4
CAHM 171 Quantity Food Preparation CAHM 170 4

CAHM 210 or
CAHM 211 or
CAHM 270

American Cuisine
Techniques of Garde Manager and International Cuisine
Advanced Food Production, Nutrition and Finishing
CAHM 170
CAHM 171
CAHM 171
Total Credits: 16

Successful Completion:

Successful completion of the program requires a “C” grade or better in each of the courses listed. In order to achieve a “C” grade or better and thus demonstrate competency, students must complete exams, writing assignments, projects and presentations.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room C1-9, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 496-6164; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

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