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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Nov 26, 2022
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Culinary Arts (6051) (T.C.)

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Technical Certificate


The mission of the Culinary Arts program is to educate, train, and develop students for career-oriented positions as cooks and managers in the dynamic foodservice and hospitality industries. The College successfully recruits, retains, and graduates students who progress through curricular cohorts. Program requirements are rooted in competencies developed by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) and the Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), and emphasize a practical, hands-on application approach to understanding the foundations of culinary arts and hospitality management. 

The Program

The Culinary Arts Technical Certificate program is designed to provide career-oriented students with basic culinary arts, foodservice management principles and training for supervisory and management positions in the food service industry and hospitality industry through management and culinary classes. The program provides students with a foundation for building a rewarding career in one of the largest and fastest growing industries in Florida.

Educational coursework includes emphasis on communication, management, human relations, and leadership skills. Through the internship program, catering students gain college credit and valuable, profitable work experience.

Students enrolled in food production courses are required to purchase the College approved knife set, chef’s uniform, and solid black non-skid shoes.

A minimum grade of C or higher must be achieved in all professional coursework.

The Career

The culinary and hospitality fields are one of the hottest, fastest-growing industries, especially in Florida. Many employers in today’s market are expressing a preference for education over experience.

Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.


Students are required to complete 300 internship hours before earning their certificate. Internship sites may include hotels, resorts, restaurants, theme parks, cruise lines, and catering operations.

Application Procedure

Immediately upon enrolling with the college, and before selecting first semester courses, prospective students must complete a program application and be advised by the Program Manager to ensure proper course sequencing. The Program Manager, with the approval of the dean of instruction may require additional courses or make substitutions to meet the needs of the students. This program is offered at Downtown Campus during the day and evening. Students must complete FOS 1201  with a grade of C or higher (unless they have completed this course prior to program admission) and pass their ServSafe Managers exam with a passing score of 75% or higher during their first term coursework.

Need More Information? Contact:

Kasey Anderson, Instructional Program Manager, Downtown Campus, (904) 633-8129 or


Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 35

A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all Professional coursework. Students must complete FOS 1201  with a grade of C or higher (unless they have completed this course prior to program admission) and pass their ServSafe Managers exam with a passing score of 75% or higher during their first term coursework.
Total Credit Hours: 35 / Program Length: 14 Months

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a technical certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  4. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating. 
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up).
  • Students who enter under the (2022/2023) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2022/2023 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or higher regardless of program of study.


This certificate articulates directly into the Culinary Management (2259) (A.S.)  degree. Students may pursue this certificate to develop or upgrade their skills, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn the certificate while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

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