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Baking and Pastry Arts (Baker): Apprenticeship

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Applications are submitted externally through the VCC website.

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $610 per level (Level 1 to 3); call 604.871.7041 or email the Trades Department for more details
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $300 per level
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • Baker- Certificate of Qualification with Red Seal endorsement; Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • Coordinator Contact
    Contact 604.871.7041 or email

Application Deadline Advice

Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

International students may refer to the VCC International page for details on admission deadlines. 

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 01
Downtown Campus
Level: 02
Downtown Campus
Level: 03
Downtown Campus

Related Foundation Programs

Not ready for an apprenticeship program? These Foundation (Pre-apprenticeship) programs may be of interest:

Apprenticeship Training

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:


For updated details regarding Baker, please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.

ITA Registration

Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.


Bakers are responsible for the production of all baked foods. This includes the preparation of bread, rolls, muffins, pies, pastries, cakes and cookies for retail and wholesale bakeries and restaurants.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It is normally completed over three years.

The technical training is offered in three levels. Each level is made up of four weeks (120 hours) for a total of 360 hours. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 5400 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 180 weeks of training.

Training Content
  • Occupational Skills
  • Fermented Goods
  • Pastries
  • Cakes and Cookies
  • Decorate and Finish Baked Goods
  • Desserts
  • Chocolate and Confectionery


  • FOODSAFE Level 1 Certificate (prior to technical training)


(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart for course equivalents)

Grade 10 or equivalent, including:
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent
Advisor Tips
The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.
Cross-Program Credits

Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.

Credits Granted



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Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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