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Business and Hospitality
Business and Hospitality

Culinary Arts-Catering - Certificate (1261)

Do you have a passion for cooking or baking? Do you enjoy using your creativity to surprise others with delicious dishes and desserts? Are you looking for a fast-paced career that will allow you to pursue your passion?  

If this fits your interests, the culinary arts and catering field could be the perfect path for you. Our Culinary Arts - Catering Certificate can help you hone your skills and turn your passion into a rewarding career. The certificate is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACEF) and graduates with an American Culinary Federation (ACF) membership are awarded Certified Culinarian (CC).

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After receiving your culinary arts certificate, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce as a:

  • Baker
  • Caterers
  • Cook in a restaurant, institution or cafeteria
  • Food preparation worker and server

While having a passion for cooking is crucial to your success, you should also:

  • Enjoy working with others
  • Be able to multitask and work well under pressure
  • Possess a commitment to quality



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We designed this program to lead directly to employment. You’ll learn about food preparation and service, catering principles, and management skills in the classroom and in on-campus labs. Under supervision, you’ll also prepare food and earn production industry experience at multiple off-campus commercial food and beverage operations that are open to the public and that involve both production and service rotations.

By completing our Culinary Arts Catering certificate, you will be able to: 

  • Apply industry sanitation and safety procedures
  • Demonstrate foundational cooking techniques and knife skills
  • Compose a complete meal including culinary and bakery items using standardized recipes
  • Exhibit management skills in professionalism, employee relations, food and beverage service, catering principles, menu design, food purchasing and inventory
  • Create working recipes based on developed flavor profiles, food costs and nutritional values

Our program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACEF). Graduates with an American Culinary Federation membership are awarded Certified Culinarian (CC). Find more information about our graduation completion and job placement rates here.

Federal regulations require the College to disclose specific gainful employment information about this program.  This link will provide you with information on completion rates and placement, program costs and median loan debt.



  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

Our certificate is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, if you wish to continue your education, we encourage you to earn an associate degree at HACC!

When you complete your associate degree, you can continue and transfer credits to a four-year school.

You can complete the entire program at our Harrisburg Campus, and we offer all classes during the daytime. Conveniently YOURS, we also offer some classes in the evening on a rotating basis.  

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.



Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, you have the opportunity to offset the cost of your HACC education through approximately 200 scholarships. To learn more or apply, we encourage you to visit



We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall, and you can apply anytime online. When you submit your application, please include program code 1261. By using this code, you will apply to the correct program. 



Through hands-on instruction, our innovative culinary instructors will give you the foundation you need to hone your skills and begin a fast-paced career in the culinary arts. Watch this video to hear from others who have experienced the program.

Please contact an admissions counselor or Steve Lustig, business studies department chair, to learn more about the program. You may also request more information today. We are committed to YOUR success and can help you enroll today.