Program Overview

  • Location
  • Tuition
  • Program Length
    2 years
  • Learning Environment
  • Financial Aid
    FAFSA Eligible

Program Description

The Career Ladder Culinary Arts program at Kaua‘i Community College aims to equip students with technical knowledge and essential skills needed to pursue a career in the culinary field. The program is designed to both provide foundational training for aspiring culinary professionals and enhance the skills of individuals already working in the food service industry. Through a combination of theoretical instruction and practical, hands-on laboratory training, graduates are prepared for various roles in the professional food service industry.

The program follows a curriculum approved by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF). Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible for ACF certification as a Certified Culinarian (CC). This certification recognizes their successful completion of an accredited associate degree or non-degree program in culinary arts.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Applied Science:
Culinary Arts (62-63 credits) – Tuition: $8,182-$8,253

Certificate of Achievement:
Advanced Culinary Arts (32 credits) – Tuition: $4,192
Culinary Arts (24 credits) – Tuition: $3,144

Certificate of Competence:
Culinary Arts (14 credits) – Tuition: $1,834
Culinary Arts Food Prep (8 credits) – Tuition: $1,048


Upon completion of the Culinary Arts program, students have various career opportunities in the food service industry. They can pursue roles such as chefs, sous chefs, line cooks, pastry chefs, caterers, restaurant managers, and culinary instructors. Graduates may find employment in restaurants, hotels, resorts, catering companies, bakeries, culinary schools, and other food-related establishments, utilizing the skills and knowledge gained during their culinary arts education.

Learn more about Kauaʻi Community College’s Culinary Arts program