“How can bakers afford not to make use of the training programs available to them through the association? It is hard to imagine how you can be concerned about your bottom line when your employees are not fully trained.”—Chairman of B&CMA in 1948
With great flour comes great responsibility.
Baking manufacturing requires technical skills knowledge, and those skills and knowledge must be learned. ABA’s Cookie & Cracker Academy has all the training courses to prepare cookie and cracker professionals. With three different training options, there are programs that fit all skill and knowledge levels.
Entry Level Training Program
An introductory program that provides the basic foundational information that all cookie and cracker personnel must know to work in plant operations environment. With four web-based lessons covering ingredients, mixing, forming, and baking, this course teaches the fundamentals necessary to build a career in baking manufacturing. Read more about why all bakery employees should understand the basics.
“I am really enjoying the ELT class I’m taking now. I’m learning a lot about a portion of the industry I’ve never had to be directly involved with until now. The class is easy to follow and the quizzes helpful.”—Andrea Zeilinger, Owner, Brand Castle, LLC
For mid-level professionals…
Intermediate Training Course
A mid-level course for individuals who are beyond a beginner’s level of knowledge, but who may not yet be ready to learn about the science and theory of the manufacturing process. Students will participate in 12 individual lessons based on specific product type and/or the equipment used to produce it, such as sandwiching and the ins-and-outs of a rotary molder.
“I find these courses very interesting because it allows me to reform and clarify my knowledge in the different processes that are handled and used in the cookie industry. It also has a very dynamic and easy way to understand the processes that are used.” – Maria Fernanda Lucmi Mejia, Food Engineer, Colombina del Cauca
For experienced professionals…
Cookie & Cracker Manufacturing Course
An advanced training program that provides an in-depth technical understanding of the complete cookie and cracker manufacturing process. Students will learn about the science and theory behind cookie and cracker production along with context and essentials behind bakery operations.
“This course is a comprehensive one which details all the aspects of food manufacturing from ingredient functionality to manufacturing operations and packaging. It provides great insight into the overall manufacturing environment and gives the student a good deal of knowledge to prepare him / her to tackle the challenges of cracker and biscuit manufacturing.”—Ben Colon, Food Scientist, D.F Stauffer’s and 2016 Vander Heide Award Winner