Confectionery School and Training Programs

Confectioners have a love of baking and all things sweet. Continue reading to learn more about the schools and training available to you, as well as potential salary and how to get professionally certified. Schools offering Baking & Pastry degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

The term confection refers to many different types of sweets, such as candy, petits fours and chocolates. People who want to learn more about baking and decorating these desserts attend confectionary training programs. There are a variety of confectionary training programs available, depending on your long-term goals.

Schools Culinary schools or colleges
Programs Certificate, associate degree, and bachelor's degree; usually in patisserie or hospitality management
Median Salary (2015) $41,500 for chefs and head cooks; $24,170 for bakers

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Types of Confectionary Schools and Training Programs Are Available?

Confectionery training is typically found as individual courses through culinary schools and colleges. You may also find confectionery courses within a program on patisserie and baking or hospitality management. These programs can be found at the certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree levels.

You may also find residency courses that consist of intensive workshops designed to build your skill set in making confections of all types. You'll most likely need to take your courses on campus only, due to the large amount of hands-on training required.

What Will I Learn?

Throughout your training, you'll learn production methods, presentation techniques, cost management, food safety and preparation skills. Some schools have on-campus restaurants, where you can work and apply the skills you're learning. Specific topics included in your confectionery training may be similar to the following:

  • Sugar work
  • Chocolate techniques
  • Fondant
  • Marzipan
  • Flavorings and colorings
  • Showpiece creation
  • Pastillage (sugary dough used for decorations)

What Is The Career Outlook?

Once you have finished your confectionery training, you look for an entry-level position, such as assistant pastry chef or baking assistant. Work experience may qualify you for advancement to pastry chef or shop manager.

Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn't report specific data for confectioners, the agency does note that career opportunities for chefs and head cooks, including pastry chefs, are expected to grow 9% from 2014-2024. Jobs in baking are expected to grow 7% over the same period. In May of 2015, the annual median salary for chefs and head cooks, including pastry chefs, was $41,500. In the same year, bakers earned a median salary of $24,170.

Can I Get Certified?

Since confection preparation is such a specific area of the culinary profession, specific certification relating to confectionery work isn't typically offered. However, earning a certification in another area of culinary arts can be beneficial in documenting your skills. Certification may be obtained through The American Culinary Federation. Certifications can be obtained at various levels and with different specializations. Those working with confections may be most interested in the ACF's baking and pastry certifications, since confection training is often included in degree programs on baking and patisserie.

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