American Society of Baking Launches Online Education Center

KANSAS CITY — The American Society of Baking (ASB) is launching an online training center that includes 10 bread production certificate courses. These digital courses are designed to provide the commercial baking industry with streamlined, contemporary delivery methods and up-to-date training content, the organization said.

The platform will be powered by BAKERpedia, a digital resource of technical and scientific information on baking. Each module takes around 30 minutes to complete and the entire series of certificates can be completed in half a day, allowing new employees to be trained thoroughly and quickly, ASB said.

“The BAKERpedia/American Society of Baking Certified Training Courses for Bread Production are not just a repeat of decades-old courses that have become redundant, but rather are a new and innovative approach to providing baking professionals with the information and training they need to compete in today’s wholesale bakery industry,” said Kent Van Amburg, Executive Director, ASB.

ASB’s Bread Production Certificate courses cover all the basics of bread production, from wheat and yeast to fermentation and packaging. These courses can be used to quickly train employees for onboarding or prepare current employees for career development, the organization said.

“The BAKERpedia/American Society of Baking Certified Training Courses for Bread Production represent a dynamic shift in how bakery training and learning will be conducted in the future,” said Lin Carson, PhD, CEO of BAKERpedia. “It delves into the fundamentals of bread production with a focus on ingredient functionality, process controls, shelf life extension and quality control programs. It meets the need for quick knowledge in small modules. Companies no longer have the time to send employees to external training sites; they need instant, in-the-moment training that can be leveraged for immediate returns and efficiencies in production. »

The courses are set to launch in September ahead of the International Baking Industry Expo (IBIE), which runs September 17-21 in Las Vegas. The courses will be available for purchase at the show (ASB stand no. 1255). For more information, contact Amy Leigh Beecher, ASB Director of Education and Training, at: [email protected], or visit https://asbe.org/certified-courses/.

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