Are You Ready to Be Certified?

Certified Decorator Practical Exam
Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI   

October 11-12, 2019

Certified Master Baker & Certified Baker Exam
Johnson & Wales University, Miami, FL 

April 3-5, 2020

Certified Master Baker & Certified Baker Exam
The Culinary Institute of America, Napa, CA 

October 2-4, 2020

​​An RBA certification raises professional standards and verifies the knowledge, skills, and abilities professional bakers bring to the marketplace.  Certification also increases job opportunities and income for certified bakers and decorators.   

RBA certification greatly benefits four types of retail bakers:
  • Students graduating from a baking or culinary programs, but have limited work experience
  • Bakery staff with little or no technical training, but much on-the-job training
  • Bakery staff specializing in decorating or bread baking
  • Retail bakers with four or more years of experience.   

RBA provides professionals of the retail baking industry the opportunity to earn up to four certifications.  

Certified Journey Baker (CJB) 
A baker at this level assists in the preparation and production of pies, cookies, cakes, breads, rolls, desserts or other baked goods for a commercial bakery. Duties may include stocking ingredients, preparing and cleaning equipment; measuring ingredients, mixing, scaling, forming, proofing, oven tending, and product finishing. He/she must demonstrate a basic knowledge about the principles of sanitation.  

Certified Baker (CB) 
A Certified Baker prepares and produces baked goods while assisting with general commercial bakery operations. He/she has considerable responsibility and autonomy and participates in a broad range of both complex and routine work activities, including supervision of other staff and allocation of resources. He/she must demonstrate a basic knowledge of bakery sanitation, management, retail sales/merchandising and staff training.  

Certified Decorator (CD)
A decorator at this level and for this designation prepares and finishes sweet baked goods for a commercial bakery. Duties include preparing icings, decorating a variety of cakes using various techniques, seasonal displays and specialty designs, and working with customers. He/she demonstrates a basic knowledge about sanitation.  

Certified Master Baker (CMB) 
A baker at this level and for this designation participates in a broad range of complex, technical or professional work activities, performed in a wide variety of contexts with a substantial degree of personal responsibility and autonomy. Responsibility for the work of others and allocation of resources is present. He/she must have the technical and administrative skills necessary to operate and manage the production area of a full-line independent or in-store commercial bakery. He/she must produce high quality bakery foods, and demonstrate a basic knowledge about the principles of sanitation, management, retail sales/merchandising and training.   

The Cost to Test

​                                                             RBA Member                RBA Non-Member           Test Site Registration

Certified Journey Baker                          $50                                    $75                                    N/A
Certified Baker                                        $200                                  $300                                  $50
Certified Decorator                                $200                                  $300                                  $50
Certified Master Baker                           $750                                  $1,000                              $150 

The Certification Process

The Certification process evaluates a candidate’s experience, knowledge, and skill. The initial application identifies a candidate’s level of experience, the online exam determines professional knowledge, and the practical exam demonstrates practical skill.  Below is your roadmap to becoming an RBA certified professional.

STEP 1: Complete the certification application.  Email or mail the application and appropriate application fee to The Retail Bakers of America.
15941 Harlem Ave. #347, Tinley Park, IL 60477,
If the application contains discrepancies or incorrect/incomplete information, it will be returned with a letter detailing any concerns.

STEP 2: Upon acceptance of the application, the applicant is granted “candidate” status. The candidate must complete all tests associated with the certification level within two years.

STEP 3: Candidates are responsible for coordinating the online written exam with RBA. RBA will email an exam link to the candidate, and notify the candidate of the results. ONLINE TESTS MUST BE PASSED BEFORE REGISTERING FOR A PRACTICAL EXAM.

STEP 4: After passing the written test, register to take a practical exam. Examination schedules are available online, or email for more details.

STEP 5: Candidates who successfully complete all exams are awarded a certification pin and certificate.  Congratulations! 

Download and fax your application to  (800) 638-0924
Questions? Call 1 (800) 638-0924 or e-mail

RBA Guide to Certification.