Cooking Certificate vs. Diploma Programs
For anyone looking to launch a career in the culinary industry quickly, earning a cooking certificate or a culinary arts diploma are options to consider. Programs are completed in 8-12 months and offer flexible class schedules. These often intensive courses start students on their way to secure careers in a wide variety of fields in the food industry upon graduation.
Not all programs are created equal, though. It is important to understand the details of the cooking program you are interested in and how it matches your unique skills and needs toward your career. Also be sure the school to which you are applying is accredited.
WHY EARN A CULINARY DIPLOMA
In addition to a culinary diploma opening a number of doors for those interested in getting into the industry, graduates often find the training and instruction they receive through their education helps them advance up the ladder in the kitchen more quickly.
THE COUNTRY'S PREEMINENT PRIVATE CULINARY SCHOOL
The Institute of Culinary Education is accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges) and has received the highest honor, the ACCSC’s School of Excellence, in NYC and LA. The International Association of Industry Professionals (IACP) has named ICE the top vocational cooking school. See more awards and honors.
Continue Your Culinary Education
ICE is proud to have been evaluated by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), an organization chartered by the New York State Board of Regents to make college credit recommendations. As such, graduates of ICE’s Culinary Arts Program can transfer their ICE credits and receive up to 19 college credits, graduates of ICE Pastry & Baking Arts Program can transfer their ICE credits and receive up to 18 college credits, graduates of ICE’s Hospitality & Hotel Management Program can transfer their ICE credits and receive up to 19 credits and and graduates of ICE’s Restaurant & Culinary Management Program can transfer their ICE credits and receive up to 14 college credits. Learn more here.
ADVANCE YOUR CULINARY CAREER: REQUEST MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ICE
This blog post was originally published by the International Culinary Center (ICC), founded as The French Culinary Institute (FCI). In 2020, ICE and ICC came together on one strong and dynamic national platform at ICE's campuses in New York City and Los Angeles. Explore your culinary education where the legacy lives on.