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Professional Cook Indigenous Content Direct Entry


The Professional Cook Indigenous Content program follows SkilledTradesBC prescribed course curriculum focusing on Indigenous content. Students will learn about the traditions and history of food sources, including foraging and gathering, and the preparation methods used in the Indigenous tradition. They will also explore medicinal properties of food, as well as food storage and preservation methods. 

Students will perform all required 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. 

They will also gain valuable knowledge of human and customer relations enabling them to become leaders in their field. Level 1 starts in a fully supervised environment performing basic cooking and food preparation tasks. There is a standardized SkilledTradesBC exam upon completion.

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.

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

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 2,212.20$ 65.88$ 158.22$ 276.00$ 2,712.30

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Admission Requirements

Eligibility 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 SkilledTradesBC)
  3. Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement

100% of each level must be completed at Northern Lights College or by approval of the Dean

Minimum Grade Requirements

70% minimum in all courses


PCOD 110 – Professional Cook 1 Indigenous Content Direct Entry (180 contact hours)


Training results are reported to SkilledTradesBC