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Faculty of Culinary Arts: Cook (Entry)


Faculty of Culinary Arts: Cook (Entry)

Duration: 32 weeks plus 2 week work term
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Faculty:Construction, Trades & Mining
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education

Program Description

The 9-month Cook Diploma program is a provincially-accredited apprenticeship curriculum that was developed by government and approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board. The program provides students with a wide range of skills that are needed to work as a first-year apprentice, including those related to safety and hygiene, vegetables, meats, fruits and nuts, rices and grains, seafood and deserts as well as many others. Most courses are designed in such a way that students spend time divided equally between the classroom and one of our professional kitchens. After completing the academic portion of the program students will complete a 2 week work-term under the supervision of a professional cook.  

Program Courses

Occupational Health and Safety Sauces
WHMIS Principles of Meat Cooking and Handling
Standard First Aid Beef and Pork
The Professional Cook Poultry
Health and Safety Fish
Personal Hygiene and Kitchen Sanitation Seafood
Kitchen Tools and Equipment Dairy Products
Weights and Measures Breakfast Cookery and Eggs
Receiving and Storage Introduction to Baking
Basic Cooking Methods and Principles Bread Products
Food Presentation Cookies
Vegetables and Fungi Pies, Tarts, Flans and Fillings
Potatoes Basic Cakes and Quick Breads
Pulses, Grains and Nuts Introduction to Apprenticeship
Pastas and Dumplings Math Essentials
Fruits Cook Math Fundamentals
Salads and Salad Dressings Communication Essentials
Sandwiches Workplace Essentials
Stocks and Glazes Computer Essentials
Soups Workplace Exposure

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Cook program, graduates may be employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, educational institutions, and other establishments. Cooks are also employed aboard ships and at construction and logging campsites. Students will gain valuable hands-on training throughout their program and will be ready for immediate entry into the work force upon graduation.  A small sample of Academy Canada’s excellent employers include:

Marriott Hotels
Glynmill Inn
Columbus Club
Red Oak Catering

Rufus Ginchard Health Center
Fairmont Hotels
Holiday Inn

Jingle Jims
Marble Mountain


The Cook program is Canadian Armed Forced recognized as meeting the requirements for entering into a job in the CAF.

Students who graduate from the Cook program may receive advanced standing in the Canadian Armed Forces, which means a higher pay rate relative to CAF members who have not graduated from a CAF-recognized program.

Watch a video about the Cook occupation with the CAF and apply today!.

Entrance Requirements

For detailed program Entrance Requirements please click here.