Courses & Programs

Culinary Arts Certificate

Warren Leigh

Chair, Hospitality Mgt and Culinary Arts

Business and Technology

Culinary Arts Institute 209

413.552.2298 (Tel)


what will you learn?

The Culinary Certificate program prepares students for a variety of positions in the diverse field of food service. Accredited by the American Culinary Federation, HCC is the only Massachusetts community college that holds this certification. Want to go farther? The certificate fulfills the first year of HCC's associate degree in Foodservice Management, which prepares students to transfer to culinary degree-granting institutions such as Johnson & Wales University, the Culinary Institute of America, and New England Culinary Institute.

Students will use a teamwork-based business approach to identify, define, respond to and evaluate problems and resolutions in various foodservice industry situations and to further an understanding of professional development in the industry, utilize basic arithmetic, and understand current nutritional issues.   

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon graduating from this program, students will be able to:

  • Use a hands-on approach to identify, define and appropriately handle a vast variety of food product and equipment as utilized in the commercial kitchen, dining room and bakeshop.
  • Understand the current industry standards as well as legal and ethical issues involved in the safe-handling and service of food beverages.

what will you do?

Job and career options include:

  • Food Preparation
  • Restaurant Customer Service
  • Food Server
  • Cook

Learn more at HCC's Advising, Career and Transfer Center and at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

31 total credits

31 program requirements


An introduction to culinary and dining service skills as practiced in function settings. Students will participate in an ongoing series of special banquet and reception projects during which they will be coached through the food preparation and service required. 1 class hour per week and 35 clock hours in special events as assigned throughout the semester. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CUL 100


Students must pass the NRAEF ServSafe exam in order to complete the requirements for attaining the certificate. CUL 111 may be waived in lieu of an earned and valid ServSafe Certificate. NTR 101 may be substituted for CUL 203.