Culinary Principles

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Culinary Principles program is designed to introduce students who wish to become professional chefs and cooks to the fundamentals of culinary studies. A formal dining room is operated by the program and provides practical work experience for students. Instruction includes commercial food production concepts including catering, baking and sanitation.


Major Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2018 Spring
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Students with transfer credits should contact the Culinary Studies Department.
Students must obtain a Maricopa County Food Handlers Card before the start of required courses, and must maintain the card throughout the program.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Assessment test score for placement in 100-level English, Math, and Reading classes or above, or complete the following courses
(or higher level ENG, RDG or MAT courses) with a C or better:
ENG091Preparatory Academic Writing III (3) OR
Appropriate writing placement test score OR Satisfactory completion of a higher level English course0-3
RDG100Successful College Reading (3) OR
Appropriate reading placement test score OR Satisfactory completion of a higher level Reading course0-3
MAT090Introductory Algebra (5) OR
MAT091Introductory Algebra (4) OR
MAT092Introductory Algebra (3) OR
MAT093Introductory Algebra/Math Anxiety Reduction (5) OR
Satisfactory score on District Placement exam OR Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course0-5
Admission criteria

Student must meet with One Stop Student Specialist for Culinary Studies.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CUL105Principles of Professional Cooking3
CUL107Principles and Techniques of Garde Manger3
CUL111Purchasing for Food Service Systems3
CUL113Commercial Baking Techniques3
FON104Certification in Food Service Safety and Sanitation1
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
CUL+++++Any CUL Culinary Arts course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses.
  • Describe the essential concepts of and techniques used in food production. (CUL105, CUL111)
  • Identify, describe, and practice the techniques, procedures, and presentation techniques used in the preparation of a variety of cold foods. (CUL107)
  • Demonstrate and apply the advanced skills required in hot and cold food preparation and presentation. (CUL113, CUL105)
  • Describe the essential concepts of a quality sanitation system in a hospitality food service operation. (FON104)

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