Culinary and Service Skills Training

What will I learn in this program?

Students in the Culinary and Service Skills Training Program earn a Certificate of Completion. The CSST Program provides students with both academic and hands-on training in many facets of the hospitality industry, including culinary arts, food service and more.

The jobs for which students will be qualified for upon graduation will greatly depend upon both the amount and the level of work experience as well as the education and training received in this program. For graduates with little work experience, examples of available positions would be entry-level cooks (pantry or prep). For those with greater experience, positions include line or pastry cooks, sous chef and more.

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay?  What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Combined Food Preparations and Serving Workers


Average Growth
First-Line Supervisors/ Managers of Food Preparation and Serving Workers $35,400 Average Growth
Cooks $28,700 Average Growth
Chefs and Head Cooks $51,100 Average Growth

Data taken from Workforce Investment San Francisco DRAFT Workforce Strategic Plan: 2013-2017

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

Prospective students need to file a CCSF noncredit student application, meet with a Downtown CCST program counselor, take placement tests for noncredit English or noncredit ESL and noncredit math and bring the testing information to their Downtown center counselor.

Does this program have any special costs?

The baking and pastry students are required to purchase chef’s uniforms, knives and tools.  The total cost is about $500.

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Certificate of Completion

2 Semesters (1,020 hours)

*Based on completion of both courses with a grade of “C” or better and a minimum of 80% attendance.

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:
Department contact information:
Culinary and Service Skills Training Program
CCSF Downtown Campus
88 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 267-6555