Bakers Journal

Virtual bootcamp to help beginning bakers and cake decorators prepare for certification

January 16, 2024
By Bakers Journal

The Retail Bakers of America is teaming up with The Bake Fest to launch a first-of-its-kind certification prep course for beginning bakers and cake decorators.

The Baking Basics Bootcamp is a virtual prep course designed for beginning bakers to prepare for the Certified Journey Decorator (CJD) certification.

This bootcamp is perfect for beginning bakers who wants to get certified through Retail Bakers of America, such as aspiring cake decorators, cottage bakers building their credentials and baking and pastry students.

The Baking Basics Bootcamp is a 12-week program offered through Circle, the RBA’s virtual learning platform. It’s designed for flexibility, offering a mix of self-guided classes, group discussions and 1:1 support.

You will be guided by two instructors: Marissa Sertich Velie, Director of Education and Certification at RBA, and Certified Master Baker, Chef Raymond Blanchard III.

In addition to the prep course, cohort members receive a custom study guide, discounts to RBA workshops, RBA membership and RBA test fee coverage.

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