Culinary Arts Certificate Program


If you have a great passion for cooking and the drive to pursue your goal as a professional cook, food entrepreneur, and more, there is no better time to start a career in this thriving landscape. This program provides strong culinary foundations training with a hands-on optional externship.

Students can acquire intensive professional and practical experience with culinary preparations and operation of a professional kitchen. With a focus on foundational and fundamental skills development and reinforcement, universal and widely-adopted methods and techniques of cooking as well as recipes and activities, will reinforce the same principles taught in professional culinary schools around the world. This comprehensive course covers a full basic professional cooking school curriculum including, but not limited to kitchen and food safety, knife skills, moist- and dry-heat cooking methods, seasoning, culinary nutrition, basic breads and baking, salads and dressings, and pastry basics.

By partnering with CareerSource, we are able to offer a scholarship for this course. Learn more about it and how to apply here

Download The Program Syllabus

Orlando Location

Pathlight Kitchen | 3200 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808

Register for the Orlando Course

Gainesville Location

Working Food | 219 NW 10th Ave Office 209, Gainesville, FL 32601

Register for the Gainesville Course

Who Should Attend

  • First-time cooks seeking to start a career as a professional cook
  • Entrepreneurs wishing to accquire foundational cooking techniques to help launch a culinary business
  • Experienced cooks brushing up on their techniques
  • Home cooks looking to learn these advanced techniques and methods
Who Should Attend

Career Insight

You start out as a line cook and work your way up the ladder. View a career path of becoming a chef by downloading this pdf: Culinary Career Timeline

Occupational summary for chefs and head cooks:

Professionally Styled Food

Program Benefits

  • Small class size
  • In-person training and optional externship
  • Professional kitchen facilities
  • Complete program quicky: 4 months part-time in the evening

Professional Kitchen

Our program highlights a professional training kitchen. The facility enables students to gain familiarity with the fast-paced environment and diverse tools of a working kitchen.

English Proficiency Requirement

All programs at UF Office of Professional and Workforce Development require English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.