Online Culinary Arts Certificate

Learn more about obtaining an online certificate in culinary arts. Find information on courses, skills, career outlook, and salary info. View popular online culinary schools that prepare students for careers in the culinary arts.

Program Overview

The curriculum within an online culinary arts certificate may include several major-specific courses as well as an externship. These programs may provide students with a culinary arts tool kit once they enroll, and the kits may include different types of knives and kitchen utensils. Courses may focus on specific areas of cuisine, such as meat, vegetables, dairy, and seafood. Students may learn culinary basics, including how to slice and dice using classic knife cuts, create stocks and soups, and cure and smoke meats. Students may also learn how to set up a kitchen, convert recipes, and create a menu based on clients’ needs. Popular courses found in an online culinary arts certificate program may include the following:

  • Allergy and Gluten-Free Foods
  • Classic Cooking Principles
  • Food Sanitation and Safety Principles
  • Health and Wellness Foods
  • Life Skills and Career Development
  • Catering and Buffets
  • Baking and Pastry

Skills Required

Students who enroll in an online culinary arts certificate program should possess several key skills to help them become chefs. Students should work well with others as chefs often work with other chefs and food preparers. They should also have strong customer-service skills, have a high stress tolerance, and be patient, as chefs may need to deal with specific customer requests or complaints. Other important skills may include the following:

  • Teamwork
  • Stamina
  • Dexterity
  • Dependable
  • Adaptable

Career Outlook & Salary Info

Upon graduation, students may find employment working as cooks in full-service restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels, and private homes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for those pursuing careers as cooks are expected to increase by 8% from 2010-2020. In addition, the median hourly salary of cooks was $9.74 as of May 2010; hourly wages depend heavily on what region and which employer. Earnings are typically higher in metropolitan areas at fine-dining restaurants and luxury hotels.

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