Cooks 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.
A Professional Cook (Level 1) usually works in a supervised environment and performs basic cooking and food preparation tasks, utilizing knife skills, correct terminology, and a variety of cooking methods. At this level, a professional cook should have a solid foundation of culinary skills.
The Cook program consists of practical and essential skills related to the Cook 1 Apprenticeship program as outlined by the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia. Graduates receive Level 1 Technical Training and 400 work-based hours credit toward the Certificate of Qualification in Professional Cook 1. This 20-week program includes a 12-week Camp Cook component.
Career prospects include work in camps, institutional kitchens, family restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, ferry boats, resorts, nursing homes, hospitals, catering operations, and airlines.
Location: Dawson Creek Campus
Length: 20 weeks (includes Camp Cook, 12 weeks; Cook 1, 8 weeks)
Start: September and February
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 10 level that includes:
- Grade 10 English or Career and College Preparation ENGL030 (Intermediate/Grade 10); and
- Grade 10 Math (Essentials, Applications or Principles) or Career and College Preparation MATH030 (Intermediate/Grade 10), both with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.
Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
- Reading Comprehension: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Number Operations: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Problem Solving: 10.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Completion of Grade 10 level that includes Grade 10 English; and Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), with 67 per cent (C+) or higher in both.
- Scheduled enrollment in Grade 11 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace), where applicable.
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
- Upon successful completion of the Cook 1 program, students will be required to write the Industry Training Authority Certificate of Qualification Professional Cook 1 exam.
- This program is Canadian Forces accredited. For more information see this pdf and visit the Canadian Forces website.
- The program is affiliated with Peace River South School District 59, Peace River North School District 60, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the Industry Training Authority.
- If a student possesses a valid ticket in any of the required safety courses (listed below), and can provide proof of its validity through to the program's end date, s/he will not be required to enroll in that particular course, and will have the cost of the course(s) will be reimbursed from the overall tuition.
- The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.
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Program Chair: Mark Heartt
Program Instructor: Michael French