Baking and Pastry Arts Management – Conestoga College

Program Info

School: Conestoga College
Faculty: Waterloo
Degree: Diploma; Co-op
Field of Study: Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager
Description: Developed in collaboration with industry leaders, this two-year program in Baking and Pastry Arts Management focuses on advanced pastry and baking training, as well as the management skills required to work successfully in this fast-growing industry. This program is designed to help students start a career as a baker or pastry chef. It will include practical, theoretical and hands-on training in areas of baking, cake decorating, sanitation and safety, and pastry shop management, as well as advanced techniques practiced in this ever-evolving industry. Students will spend extensive time in the College’s state-of-the art labs and teaching facilities developing and expanding on the core skills of the industry. These include: artisan breads and breakfast pastries; wedding cakes; chocolates and confections; plated desserts; classic and modern tarts, entremets and petits fours; laminated dough and viennoiseries; ice cream and sorbets; artisan sugar confections. In the classroom, students will acquire the technical knowledge of ingredient function, formula balance, and modern technology as it relates to this field. On the business side, students will learn the key skills that are necessary to run a successful operation including: cost control and forecasting; labour relations and leadership; sales and marketing and small business development. Students have the option of participating in an industry-based co-op, further refining their knowledge and skills with real-world experience which will provide a true advantage. The optional co-op stream includes one co-op work term. Additionally, interested students may have the opportunity to travel to an international location in collaboration with college partners for what can be a life-changing experience.
URL: Baking and Pastry Arts Management at Conestoga College
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $18,943
Enrolment #: 36
Scholarships: 2
Careers: Bakers; Restaurant and Food Service Managers


LOCATION: Kitchener, Ontario
ENTRANCE DATES: January, March, May, June, September
TELEPHONE: (519) 748-3556
FAX: (519) 748-5926
ADDRESS: 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada


Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Training (ITAL) stands as a pinnacle of academic excellence in the Ontario province, earning the prestigious distinction of being the number one public college for an impressive ninth consecutive year. Situated in the vibrant city of Kitchener, a mere 120 kilometers west of Toronto, Conestoga College offers a comprehensive array of educational programs, catering to diverse fields of study and ensuring a transformative learning experience.

Renowned for its commitment to delivering exceptional education, Conestoga College boasts a wide range of programs leading to certificates, diplomas, and degrees. Within its esteemed academic repertoire, students can delve into disciplines such as business, health sciences, engineering technology, information technology, skilled trades, media studies, community services, and liberal studies. With a steadfast dedication to academic rigor and relevance, Conestoga equips its students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience necessary to thrive in their chosen professions.

Nestled within the heart of mid-western Ontario, Conestoga College serves a dynamic and diverse region renowned as Canada’s technology triangle. This geographic area harmoniously combines the charm of small towns with the vibrancy of larger cities, creating a unique backdrop for both academic and personal growth. The region’s landscape encompasses robust manufacturing industries, traditional agricultural production, and a remarkable concentration of advanced technology enterprises, research and development institutions, as well as esteemed higher education establishments.

Conestoga College takes pride in its commitment to nurturing a conducive and supportive environment for students. The college offers modern and comfortable student residence options, thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of its diverse student population. These accommodations include fully furnished two-bedroom apartment-style rooms and shared open-concept rooms, complete with shared kitchenette and washroom facilities. The residence ensures a safe and secure living environment with controlled-access entry and round-the-clock on-site staff, promoting a sense of community and fostering a conducive atmosphere for academic and personal growth.

Beyond the campus, Conestoga College recognizes the importance of assisting students in securing suitable off-campus housing options. To this end, the college’s student services provide an invaluable off-campus housing registry, facilitating seamless access to resources that help students find appropriate accommodations, whether through homestay arrangements or off-campus residences.

Embracing the needs of incoming students, Conestoga College offers a comprehensive range of support services to ensure a smooth transition into college life. From assisting with accommodation arrangements, providing complimentary airport transfers from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, to offering engaging orientation programs, the college endeavors to create a welcoming and inclusive environment. Additionally, students have the opportunity to partake in a variety of social activities and trips that not only foster new friendships but also allow them to immerse themselves in Canadian culture. These events are thoughtfully arranged at a modest cost, ensuring maximum participation and enjoyment. Moreover, Conestoga’s International Education Office offers dedicated advisors who provide invaluable guidance, address concerns, and furnish essential information about the college and the surrounding community. A dedicated representative is also available to assist students in establishing their banking needs.

Complementing its commitment to academic and personal development, Conestoga College boasts exceptional sports and recreational facilities. The college’s Recreation Centre stands as a testament to its dedication to student well-being, offering a wide range of amenities. These include an Olympic-size ice surface for skating enthusiasts, a double gymnasium for various sporting activities, a well-equipped weight room, squash courts for exhilarating matches, baseball diamonds, and a soccer field for athletic pursuits. Additionally, the college’s recreational offerings extend to OT’s Sports Bar, a licensed establishment that provides students with a social hub where they can unwind and connect with their peers.

To foster a vibrant campus atmosphere, Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) takes the helm in curating a diverse range of activities throughout the year. From lively barbecues to themed parties like the renowned toga party, as well as organized trips to popular destinations like Canada’s Wonderland and Blue Jays games, students have ample opportunities to engage, socialize, and create lasting memories. Furthermore, students can explore a plethora of clubs catering to various interests and passions. Club Day, held every term, showcases the diverse clubs at Conestoga College, providing students with a platform to connect with like-minded individuals and engage in exciting extracurricular activities. Whether it’s joining the dance team, 8 Count, participating in the LGBTTTIQQ & Friends club, or becoming a member of the Wizards of the College club, students can find avenues for personal growth and exploration outside the classroom.

Conestoga College recognizes the pivotal role of technology in modern education. Consequently, the college ensures that students have access to state-of-the-art information technology resources. Open computer labs equipped with high-speed Internet are readily available on campus and within the student residence, facilitating seamless access to digital tools and resources. Moreover, the college provides wireless network connectivity at the Doon and Waterloo Campuses, empowering students to stay connected and engage in online learning. Full-time students also benefit from web-based email services, streamlining communication within the college community.

Promoting cultural enrichment, Conestoga College presents CJIQ 88.3 FM The Condor, its captivating radio station that offers a diverse range of music genres. From rock and club music to R&B, jazz, classical, Christian, and ethnic music, students can enjoy a melodic backdrop to their college experience. Additionally, the college’s student-run newspaper, SPOKE, serves as a platform for aspiring journalists and writers to share news, stories, and perspectives, fostering a vibrant literary community.

Recognizing the importance of inclusivity and catering to students with special needs, Conestoga College provides a range of specialized services. The Disability Services Office ensures an inclusive educational environment by offering comprehensive support, counseling, and accommodations tailored to meet diverse learning requirements. With an adaptive technology computer lab at their disposal, students with special needs can access cutting-edge resources and tools that enhance their learning experience. Moreover, Conestoga College operates five childcare centers throughout the Waterloo Region, providing a valuable service to students who are parents. These centers, located on the Doon Campus and in collaboration with local public elementary schools, offer safe and nurturing environments for children. Annual fees are established, and fee subsidies may be available to eligible parents through local municipal social services or child care divisions.

Celebrating its international involvement, Conestoga College actively engages in global education initiatives, forging meaningful partnerships and collaborations. The college’s Teacher Education programs in Beijing, China, contribute to the professional development of teachers in the Western School District. Conestoga College’s expertise was instrumental in the establishment of the system of Colleges of Higher Technology in the United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, the college has fostered strong educational connections in Malaysia, Japan, and the Caribbean. Notably, Conestoga played a pivotal role in the 1991 Ontario-Jiangsu (China) Educational Exchange program. Within Canada, the college has welcomed numerous international students and educators, offering tailored programs of study designed to enhance their skills and knowledge. For detailed information on international education opportunities, interested individuals can reach out to Ms. Christine Buuck, the Director of International Education, through or by calling (519) 748-3556.

Conestoga College invites prospective students to embark on an immersive campus tour, providing them with an up-close and personal glimpse into the college’s captivating campuses. Knowledgeable and highly trained guides offer informative tours, showcasing the college’s state-of-the-art facilities, student-centric resources, and the vibrant atmosphere that distinguishes Conestoga as the premier college in the province. To schedule a campus tour, visit and book an appointment to explore the remarkable educational environment offered by Conestoga College.

Note: The information provided in this description is based on the available text and may not reflect the most current details. It is recommended to visit the official Conestoga College website or contact the college directly for the latest and most accurate information.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:* These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English
  •  Grade11 Mathematics

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.), Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270), and Grade 11 Mathematics, C, M (U/C), or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics (MATH1420).

Additional Admission Requirements: To be considered for admission to the co-op stream, students are required to achieve a minimum of 70% session weighted average, with no dropped or failed courses during the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op work term.

Fees & Scholarships

International Students: $18,943

Notes for International Students:

International Fees: Estimated cost for an academic year based on two semesters or eight months. Tuition (two semesters or eight months): $9,800.00 CAD, Incidental Fees: $1,185.00 CAD, Total Estimated Cost: $10,700.00 CAD

Please Note: Incidental fees include health insurance, prescription drug plan, student activities, alumni services, graduation fee, athletic services, student ID, technology fee, locker, etc.


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