Culinary Arts Certificate

Explore your creativity and find the pathway for your exciting career in culinary arts. With a certificate in culinary arts, you will discover worldwide opportunities that will make your dreams come true.

Are you passionate about food? Do you enjoy making people smile when they eat your dish? Make your dreams a reality and enroll at the Culinary Arts Institute today. This certificate program will provide you with comprehensive training for entry-level positions in food service. You will be taught by expert chefs with many years of experience and talent who will show you the fundamental techniques you need to succeed in the industry. Enjoy small and affordable classes that are local and easily accessible, where you will experience one-on-one, hands-on instruction. Take advantage of the largest and most modern instructional kitchens in NJ to help you reach your dreams. Hybrid classes available. Start working on your career today!


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Our students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. What unites all of them is their passion for food and service. See what they had to say…

HCCC CAI has an amazing Culinary Certificate program that allows hard working individuals like myself to be able to attend school and earn the education and experience needed in the industry, without taking time off from work and running a small business. The professional and personal relationships I built along the way gave me the opportunity to give back and employ fellow alumni. I’m grateful for the time I spent at CAI and the knowledge I gained from the experience.
Renee Geronimo
2015 Certificate Recipient – Hot Food

Renee knew she had made the right move with the Culinary Arts Institute at HCCC.

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) accreditation of AAS Culinary Arts, Certificate - Culinary Arts, AAS Culinary Arts-Baking and Pastry Option, Certificate - Baking and Pastry Arts is valid until 06/30/2024. The AAS Culinary Arts and Certificate Culinary Arts have been accredited continuously since 06/30/1997. 


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Culinary Arts Certificate


The Culinary Arts Certificate Program trains students for entry-level positions in the food service industry as station cooks, short order cooks, breakfast cooks, and pantry personnel. The program includes a 600-hour externship during which students receive on-site training in fine restaurants and hotels.


Why we are your 1st and only choice for Culinary Arts?

With over 10 labs, we are the largest and most modern culinary program in the State of New Jersey.


Certificate - Culinary Arts (30 credits)

Term Total number of students   Number of students that graduated within 150% of the time   Percentage of students that graduated within 150% of the time    
Fall 2017 18   1   6%    
Fall 2018 5   1   20%    
Fall 2019 11   1   9%    
Fall 2020 ** 18   3   17%    
Fall 2021 ** 18   4   22%    
Fall 2022 * 19   2   11%    
These numbers are as of August 24, 2023.
* This indicates that as of the date this report was generated, it has not been 150% of the time for completion.
** This indicates that there is one graduate in this group who graduated with an associate degree instead of a certificate degree.
We are in the process of formalizing the gathering of job placement and ACF certification data for the department. We are confident of high job placement rates based on informal collection of data from our graduates. Extensive efforts to increase ACF membership and Certified Culinarian© (CC©) certification of students are consistently being practiced.    
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Nationally Accredited American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accredited (since 1997)

Our signature culinary arts program has been accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation continuously since 1997. Our program has the recognition for its high standards and reputable influence on our graduates.



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Contact Information

Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, and Hospitality Management Recruiter
Ms. Janine Nunez

161 Newkirk Street - Room E222
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4640