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Dennis Boucher, program manager of the culinary arts cetificate program, conversing with a prospective student about the program at an open house.

Heat Up Your Cooking Career with NECC’s Culinary Arts Certificate

This Culinary Arts Certificate program has an anticipated opening of September 2020, pending approvals for Financial Aid and the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Noncredit courses are scheduled to start in the spring of 2020.

Start your career as a culinary professional by training in NECC’s NEW Culinary Arts Certificate program. From learning the foundations of the food service industry, to developing more advanced skills such as artisanal breads and classic world cuisine, the program will prepare you for a successful culinary career.

Why Choose NECC?

The program will be located at The Heights, a 10-story luxury building under construction in downtown Haverhill. NECC’s two floors will include classrooms, laboratories, and state-of-the-art teaching kitchens. The building will also have a full-service restaurant on the first floor, where student internships will be available.

Because of NECC

Upon completion of the Certificate, you will be prepared to directly enter the workforce or transfer to other partner colleges to continue your degree in culinary arts. You can:

  • Earn the 29 credit certificate full or part time
  • Develop your skills in courses such as
    • Applied Culinary Techniques
    • Advanced Baking: Artisanal Breads, Pastry, and Patisserie
    • And Advanced Culinary: Classic World Cuisine and Garde Manger
  • Gain practical experience through a required program internship

Courses and Requirements


Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for this certificate .


Program Manager

Program Manager

Denis Boucher, Program Manager


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