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Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts certificate program is accredited with the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). It is designed to train students for work in the hospitality industry. All phases of basic fundamental cookery are addressed in a concise curriculum within a well-equipped industry kitchen and professional classroom. Emphasis is on the development of skills and techniques necessary for advancement within the industry. This program offers both lecture-based and lab-based courses. Beginning courses include fundamentals of knife skills, culinary safety/sanitation and introduction to the industry. In addition, the advanced lab-based courses include various cooking methodologies, garde manger techniques, advanced techniques, internship and more. 

Upon completion of Renton Technical College’s Culinary Arts program graduates who have received an AAS or AAS-T degree and are current American Culinary Federation members have the opportunity to be certified as a “Certified Culinarian” by the ACFEF. 

To earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree, the student must complete all requirements for the certificate program plus 20 credits of General Education. 

Transfer credit from other institutions will be considered upon validation of transcript and course work.  Students holding a recent Certification of Completion from RTC should contact the Registrar for degree options.

All students enrolling in this program beginning Fall of 2014 will be required to take the College Success course during their first quarter of enrollment.

This course is designed to help students develop skills critical for academic success. In this course, students will learn about and practice motivation, time-management, teamwork, and self-advocacy. Classes are engaging and highly participatory.

Program Options:

  • Certificate of Completion (108 credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree (128) credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science-Transfer Degree (128 credits)

Other Program Info:

John Fisher
425-235-2352 x5708

Michael McBride
425-235-2352 x2437

Program Length:

  • 6 quarters 
  • 108 credits
  • Monday-Friday,
    7:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Estimated Costs:

  • Tuition $10,142.00
  • Supplies $1,047.28


  • Students may enter fall, winter, or spring quarter.







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