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Culinary Arts Technical Certificate

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Technical Certificate
Program Office:
615-916-5595, Southeast Campus, Program Site, E-mail: culinary.arts@nscc.edu

Culinary Arts education prepares students for careers as chefs and culinary professionals in a variety of hospitality businesses. The program includes a core of culinary arts courses that develop cooking skills and provide instruction in purchasing, cost control, sanitation, nutrition, and supervision.

Graduates of the program should be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to think creatively and work effectively in team environments within a kitchen production facility;
  • Competency in food production cooking methods including hot and cold foods, and basic baking;
  • A working knowledge of culinary theory and terms, and the ability to operate within a kitchen production facility; and
  • Knowledge of nutrition principles, menu writing, cost and inventory control, and safety and sanitation principles.

Career Opportunities

  • Line Cook
  • Pastry Cook
  • Prep Cook
  • Catering Cook

Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program

An American Culinary Federation Certified Culinarian (CC) Registered Apprenticeship Program is available through Nashville State Community College. The CC apprenticeship consists of the 30-credit hour Technical Certificate in Culinary Arts and 2000 hours of on-the-job paid learning at an approved restaurant, hotel, or other food service facility. Successful completion of the ACF Certified Culinarian Apprenticeship Program and the 30-hour Technical Certificate result in the awarding of the technical certificate from NSCC, the ACF CC designation, a Certificate of Apprenticeship from the US Department of Labor, and a certificate from the ACF.

Grading Policy

A grade of “C” or above must be earned in all Culinary Arts courses prior to graduation.


This certificate is designed so that a student can apply all of the required courses toward a Nashville State A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts. A student who plans to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult his/her advisor about articulation options.

Total Certificate Requirements: 30 Credits


Recommended Full-Time Schedule


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).



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