Professional Cook (Institution Entry)

Cooks perform all phases of kitchen activities including the preparation and presentation of food, basic menu planning/costing and they possess knowledge of safety, sanitation and food storage, plus human and customer relations.

Cooks can obtain professional designation at Levels 1, 2, or 3, progressing in knowledge and responsibility at each Level. A Professional Cook 1 is usually supervised and performs basic cooking and food preparation tasks utilizing knife skills, correct terminology, and a variety of cooking methods. They must be able to follow recipes, weigh and measure food accurately, and have an understanding of the major techniques and principles used in cooking, baking, and other aspects of food preparation. At Level 1, a professional cook should have a solid foundation of culinary skill.

A Professional Cook 2 usually works under some supervision and performs a variety of cooking and food preparation tasks using multiple methods, and should have a preliminary understanding of food costing, menu planning, and purchasing processes.

Usually working under limited supervision, a Professional Cook 3 will be competent at the major techniques and principles used in cooking, baking, and other aspects of food preparation. In addition, a Professional Cook 3 should be able to plan and cost menus and recipes, and have an understanding of the communication skills necessary to take a leadership role in the kitchen. At Level 3, a Professional Cook can obtain national designation as a Cook under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.

Other programs in this sector:

 | Baker

Recommendations

Creativity, a keen sense of taste and smell, interest in precision work and good memory for details.

 

The following education is recommended: Grade 10 or equivalent (Grade 12 is preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.

 

A Foodsafe Level 1 Certificate is required prior to enrolment in a training program.

 

The Apprenticeship Program is comprised of Levels 1-to-3 of progressive training, with each Level taking 6 weeks (180 hours) to complete, however certification can be achieved at any desired level (refer to the Industry Training Authority for full details).

 

At Levels 1 and 2, apprentices are required to accumulate 1,000 hours of work-based training; at Level 3, it's 3,000, totalling 5,000 hours.

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Okanagan College

1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Jan 03 2023Jul 28 2023

Professional Cook 1 Institution Entry

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Jan 04 2023Dec 22 2023

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VCC

Downtown Campus

Jan 09 2023Apr 28 2023

Professional Cook 2 Institutional Entry

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VCC

Downtown Campus

Jan 09 2023Aug 24 2023

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Jan 30 2023Oct 27 2023

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Coast Mountain College

Hazelton

Feb 06 2023Aug 18 2023

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Northern Lights College

Dawson Creek

Feb 06 2023Jun 23 2023

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North Island College

Port Alberni - Roger St

Feb 06 2023Aug 18 2023

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VCC

Downtown Campus

Feb 06 2023Sep 21 2023

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VCC

Downtown Campus

Feb 06 2023May 26 2023

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Feb 21 2023Nov 17 2023

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Northern Lights College

Dawson Creek

Feb 27 2023Jun 02 2023

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VCC

Downtown Campus

Mar 06 2023Oct 19 2023

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VCC

Downtown Campus

Mar 06 2023Jun 23 2023

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Mar 13 2023Jun 16 2023

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Mar 13 2023Jun 16 2023

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Mar 27 2023Sep 08 2023

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Van. Island University

Cowichan

Mar 27 2023Sep 08 2023

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North Island College

Campbell River

Mar 27 2023Jun 30 2023

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Mar 27 2023Sep 08 2023

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Mar 27 2023Sep 08 2023

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Van. Island University

Powell River

Mar 27 2023Sep 15 2023

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Okanagan College

1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Apr 17 2023Nov 09 2023

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North Island College

Campbell River

Jul 04 2023Aug 25 2023

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Coast Mountain College

Terrace

Aug 08 2023Mar 01 2024

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Aug 14 2023Mar 08 2024

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Univ. of the Fraser Valley

Trades and Technology Centre (CEP)

Aug 14 2023Mar 08 2024

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Univ. of the Fraser Valley

Trades and Technology Centre (CEP)

Aug 14 2023Mar 08 2024

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Aug 28 2023Mar 22 2024

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Aug 28 2023Mar 22 2024

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Aug 28 2023Mar 22 2024

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Van. Island University

Cowichan

Aug 28 2023Mar 22 2024

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Van. Island University

Powell River

Aug 28 2023Mar 22 2024

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North Island College

Port Alberni - Roger St

Sep 05 2023Mar 22 2024

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Sep 05 2023Apr 25 2024

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College of the Rockies

Main Campus

Sep 05 2023Mar 28 2024

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Okanagan College

1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Sep 11 2023Apr 12 2024

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Sep 11 2023Dec 15 2023

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Selkirk College

Tenth Street Campus - Nelson

Sep 12 2023Dec 15 2023

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Okanagan College

1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Oct 10 2023Dec 15 2023

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Coast Mountain College

Terrace

Oct 23 2023Feb 09 2024

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Oct 30 2023Feb 16 2024

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North Island College

Campbell River

Nov 06 2023Mar 01 2024

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Nov 20 2023Mar 08 2024

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Okanagan College

1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Jan 02 2024Jul 26 2024

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Jan 03 2024Dec 20 2024

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Jan 11 2024Apr 19 2024

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Okanagan College

1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Jan 22 2024Mar 28 2024

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Jan 29 2024Oct 25 2024

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Feb 19 2024Nov 15 2024

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Mar 11 2024Jun 14 2024

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Mar 25 2024Sep 06 2024

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Van. Island University

Cowichan

Mar 25 2024Sep 06 2024

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North Island College

Port Alberni - Roger St

Mar 25 2024Jun 28 2024

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Mar 25 2024Sep 06 2024

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Mar 25 2024Sep 06 2024

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Van. Island University

Powell River

Mar 25 2024Sep 06 2024

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INSTITUTIONS THAT OFFER THE PROGRAM BUT HAVE NO ACTIVELY SCHEDULED INTAKES

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Camosun College

Interurban

Apr 25 2022Dec 09 2022

Professional Cook (Institution Entry)

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