The Retail Bakers of America held a two-day certification test at Kendall College in Chicago with six candidates testing for their Certified Baker test and one candidate testing for Certified Master Baker.  

The hands-on test challenges candidates with their knowledge of the baking industry and techniques.  It was a very intense weekend, but these candidates knocked it out of the park showing the judges just what it means to get an RBA Certification.

New Certified Master Baker:

Luminita Cirstea, CMB, Warwick, RI 

New Certified Bakers:

Gina Figura, CB, Gurnee

Joshua Gomes, CB, Taunton, MA

Aileen Semenetz, CB, New York, NY

Keith Long, CB, San Diego, CA

Colette Christian, CB, Los Angeles, CA

Douglas Essinger-Hileman, CB, Glen Wills, PA

An RBA Certification raises professional standards and verifies the knowledge, skills, and abilities a professional baker brings to the marketplace. 


RBA provides professionals in the baking industry the opportunity to do online testing for three designations - Certified Journey Baker, Certified Baker (CB is an online test & a one-day practical exam), and Certified Master Baker (CMB is an online test & a two-day practical exam). 

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