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2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Professional Cook Direct Entry

Location(s): ​Dawson Creek

The Professional Cook program follows SkilledTradesBC prescribed course curriculum for direct entry to Professional Cook levels 1, 2, or 3. 

Learners will perform all phases of kitchen activities including the preparation and presentation of vegetables, soups, sauces, meat, fish and poultry; cold kitchen items; desserts, baking, pastry; basic menu planning/costing as well as knowledge of safety, sanitation and food storage. Learners will also gain valuable knowledge of human and customer relations which will enable them to become leaders in their field. 

Level 1 starts learners in a fully supervised environment performing basic cooking and food preparation tasks. There is a standardized SkilledTradesBC exam upon completion of this level.

Learners will move to partially independent tasking in level 2, performing a variety of cooking and food preparation. There are standardized SkilledTradesBC exams upon completion of this level, accompanied by the work-based training hours necessary for SkilledTradesBC Level Certifications.

Learners complete their final level of study working under limited supervision and gain competency in the major techniques and principles of cooking, baking and other aspects of food preparation. Upon successful completion of the six-week level 3 component, students will be eligible to write the Inter-Provincial exam. Successful completion of this examination, along with required the practical and work-based hours, will grant the learner a Red Seal Journeyperson status which is globally recognized in this industry. For more information about Inter-Provincial Standard Endorsement (Red Seal) visit

Career Prospects

Professional Cooks work in a variety of settings including: camps, institutional kitchens, family restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, ferry boats, resorts, nursing homes, hospitals, catering operations, and airlines.



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Level 1 is 180 hours; approximately 6 weeks long.

Level 2 is 180 hours; approximately 6 weeks long.

Level 3 is 180 hours; approximately 6 weeks long.

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Trades/Apprenticeship (Tier 2)

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.

Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Level 1$ 615.60$ 65.88$ 158.22$ 839.70
Level 2$ 615.60$ 65.88$ 361.81$ 1,043.29
Level 3$ 615.60$ 65.88$ 361.81$ 1,043.29

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Level 1$ 2,212.20$ 65.88$ 155.13$ 276.00$ 2,709.21
Level 2$ 2,212.20$ 65.88$ 361.81$ 276.00$ 2,915.89
Level 3$ 2,212.20$ 65.88$ 361.81$ 276.00$ 2,915.89

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Admission Requirements

Level 1: Eligibility as indicated by SkilledTradesBC.

Level 2: Eligibility as indicated by SkilledTradesBC.

Level 3: Successful completion of PCOI 202 or equivalent as indicated by SkilledTradesBC.

Post-Admission Requirements

Hold a valid Foodsafe Certificate.

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
  2. The program is affiliated with SkilledTradesBC, School District 59, 60, 81 and 87, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Go 2 (Industry training organization who monitors all hospitality type industry for the SkilledTradesBC)
  3. Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement100% of each level must be completed at Northern Lights College or by approval of the Dean
Minimum Grade Requirements70% minimum in all courses
Safety RequirementsStudents are required to sign and adhere to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Policy and Regulatory Practices for Students Policy.



Training results are reported to SkilledTradesBC