Follow your passion and get started in a career in culinary arts!
The Professional Cooking Skills training is designed to quick-start your culinary skills. Enroll today, classes start soon!
Demand for food service positions in hospitality industries such as hotel, catering, restaurants and/or other dining establishments, cruise ships, clubs, or airlines will continue to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of chefs and head cooks will grow 8.9 percent by 2024.
This training consists of five face-to-face, noncredit courses. Students attend class four days a week for sixteen weeks. Topics include kitchen procedures, intermediate kitchen skills, cooking techniques, restaurant cooking, menu costing and design, baking techniques, and more…
HCT-359 Hot Kitchen
HCT-333 Certification in Sanitation
HCT-360 Baking Kitchen
HCT-361 Prep Kitchen
HCT-362 Restaurant Kitchen
Upon successful completion of the program, students can earn an AACC continuing education certificate and are eligible for employment as a cook. To receive the certificate, submit a student application for a Continuing Education Certificate to the Continuing Professional Education office, use certificate code CE.PROF-COOK.
Additionally, students may achieve up to 10 credits, through credit by exam, toward a credit certificate or associate degree program in culinary or baking and pastry.
$4,532 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition, fees, text books, and knife kit.
Scholarships are available. Learn about noncredit scholarships.
Students must purchase two uniforms from the supplier, Mercer Culinary: HCAT Uniform
Students must be at least 16 years old to enroll.
Register online, by mail or in person.
For information contact the HCAT Office at 410-777-2966.