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Professional Baking and Pastry

Turn your baking into business and your passion for pastry into professional success.

Gain the practical skills you need to start a rewarding career in this creative culinary industry.

In RRC Polytech’s renowned Professional Baking and Pastry program, you will develop the technical knowledge and practical skills you need to pursue a variety of baking and pastry careers.

Through a combination of applied learning and work experience, you’ll learn to prepare yeast goods, sourdough breads, quick breads, viennoiserie, pies, pastries, cookies, cakes, plated desserts and chocolates. You’ll also take advantage of RRC Polytech’s state-of-the-art facilities to build equipment handling, food sanitation and inventory control skills.

As part of your RRC Polytech education, you’ll equip yourself with the essential communication, collaboration and management skills you need to adapt to new technology, continue growing your knowledge and take on new career opportunities.

  • Program Type
  • Credential
  • Program Delivery
  • In-person Location
    Exchange District Campus
  • Intake
  • Program Length
    1 year
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $7,500 – $8,300
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Direct entry
  • Work-Integrated Learning
    Gain hands-on experience with real work opportunities
  • International Program
    Open to students from around the globe

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you’ll explore local and international baking trends and build a versatile set of skills through a combination of co-op opportunities, work-integrated learning labs and classes.


Explore foundational baking techniques and build basic baking skills.


Build on your foundational knowledge, gain practical experience and develop collaboration skills while serving guests in a simulated retail bakery.


Gain real work experience, meet potential employers and expand your professional network by completing a co-op with one of our local industry partners.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Baker
  • Baking apprentice
  • Bakery supervisor
  • Bread baker
  • Head baker
  • Pastry cook
  • Pastry chef
  • Pastry decorator
  • Cake decorator
  • Chocolatier
  • Bakery owner
  • Donut maker
  • Junior baker
  • Wedding cake decorator
  • Entrepreneur
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What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

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Make your mark on the culinary industry and learn to plan and prepare mouth-watering pastries.
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Work alongside expert instructors, industry leaders and local employers and take advantage of their insight and decades of professional baking experience.
Baking students in a kitchen
Join a passionate community of professionals and build friendships, partnerships and industry connections that will last you a lifetime.
Baking student in a kitchen working with dough
Develop foundational skills and confidence before exploring new ingredients and techniques in a fast-paced and creative industry.
Two bakers talking to one another
Build critical communication and collaboration skills alongside passionate peers in immersive labs and real workspaces.
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Focus on delicate details and transform your passion into professional expertise.

Graduate Success

RRC Polytech graduates consistently find excellent hospitality positions in Manitoba, across Canada and around the world. Through the Professional Baking and Pastry program, you’ll prepare for a diverse range of careers and an unparalleled set of advancement opportunities.

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2019-2020 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.

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RRC Polytech’s co-op placements play a critical role in the success of our graduates. The practical experience, confidence and industry connections you develop while working with a local employer ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running and make a difference from day one.


Graduates of the Professional Baking and Pastry program often begin employment as baker’s assistants and quickly progress into higher positions with greater responsibilities and opportunities. Some graduates continue growing their skills and supervise, manage or own bakeries.

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Two bakers talking to one another by a mixer in a kitchen


Our grads build rewarding careers by combining their passion for baking with professional techniques, industry connections and communication skills. This combination of in-depth learning and real-world experience gives you the confidence you need to lead, succeed and grow, no matter your career path.

“My time at RRC Polytech opened up a lot of work opportunities after graduation and gave me access points where I could meet and network with local professionals in the food-service industry.”

Marcus Fontaine

“(The program) has been a pillar of strength for my success in the baking industry thus far. (It) has helped me in many ways to feel confident in my abilities and the knowledge I have gained.”

Tracy Malinowski

“Being able to learn from some of the best in the industry about what I love to do was great. From the theory behind it all to the hands-on practice – it was a fantastic experience.”

Danielle Petrie

“I really enjoyed my time in the Professional Baking and Pastry program. It was a wonderful experience being in the kitchen every day – doing what I love to do and being around people who love baking.”

Heidi Rodriguez

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a Professional Baking and Pastry student, you love baking and dream of turning that passion into a lifelong career. You enjoy working with your hands and collaborating with others to plan, manage and prepare exceptional culinary experiences. Your persistence, patience, attention to detail and willingness to learn new techniques are critical to your success as a student and professional baker.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Adaptable
  • Both introverts and extroverts
  • Creative
  • Detail-oriented
  • Team-oriented


  • Commitment
  • Listening
  • Organization
  • Problem solving
  • Time management


  • Baking
  • Pastries
  • Bakery ownership
  • Sourdough bread
  • Wedding cakes
  • Food styling
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Cake decoration

All the Information You Need


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Plan out your preferred learning journey. Review a summary of this program’s courses to discover what you’ll learn and how an RRC Polytech education will help your career.

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Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.

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Explore our Catalogue for more detailed information, including a program outline, course descriptions and everything you’ll need to plan and prepare for your future success.

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Your future is within reach, and we’re here to help you achieve it. Experience industry-focused opportunities available at RRC Polytech and develop the knowledge and skills to grow, lead and excel in your future career.

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Support yourself while pursuing your RRC Polytech education. You may be eligible for loans, grants and scholarships to help tackle your financial needs.

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We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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