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Professional Cooking Certificate

NEW program offering fall 2021

The Professional Cooking Certificate gives students the opportunity to complete the certificate program. The course will be a blended delivery with theory classes being online and all lab training is face-to-face.

Courses include Kitchen introduction, Baking and Pastries, Stocks, Soups & Sauces, and Kitchen Management - All in the professional commercial kitchens in the new, state-of-the-art Training Centre.

A three-week practicum will provide additional experience as well as opportunities to network and make important contacts within the industry. Students are responsible for finding their own practicum placement. Plus, all our students receive National Food Safety Training, WHMIS training and first aid training.

This program after successful completion is transferable to our Culinary Arts Diploma.

Students will also have the opportunity to challenge the 1st and 2nd period Apprenticeship exams for Cook.

Career Potential

Graduates of the Culinary Arts Diploma program are able to work in:

  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Restaurants (from fast food to fine dining)
  • Conference centres
  • Hospitals
  • Banquet halls and clubs
  • Camp kitchens
  • Nationwide specialty food outlets

Cooks can advance through promotions with the same employer or move to more advanced positions with other employers. Career options include chef, sous-chef, executive chef, banquet manager, food service administrator and coordinator, general manager and food editor. Yet another level of achievement includes Certified Chef de Cuisine (C.C.C.), a highly respected trade certification with many good prospects for travel within Canada and abroad. There are numerous career opportunities for certified cooks, including marketing, media, education, product development, consulting and owning their own business.

Credentials

Certificate

Admission Requirements

  • English 10-2 (recommended passing grade of 60%), Math 10-3 (recommended passing grade of 60%) or
  • GED (a pass mark in all five tests Canadian General Educational Development GED tests) or
  • Entrance Exam (CAAT-C)

Recommended

  • Alberta high school diploma with English 30-2, Math 30-3 and
  • Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20
  • Related career and technology studies courses

Other 

  • Interview with program coordinator may be required
  • For the purpose of the practicum, may need a criminal record check
  • Register as apprentices

Program Start/End Dates 
August 26, 2021 to May 20, 2022 (Fall, Winter and Spring Terms)

Locations Portage College, St. Paul campus.

Domestic Student Fees
Application fee: $53.50

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 16, 2021

Tuition $1940.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $68.48
Recreation Fee $0.00
Total $2,125.18

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 17, 2021

Tuition $1940.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $68.48
Recreation Fee $0.00
Total $2,125.18

Spring Term
Fee payment deadline: April 22, 2022

Tuition $230.00
Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $68.48
Recreation Fee $0.00
Total $338.43


Total tuition and mandatory fees for Year 1: $4,588.79

Part-time Fees
Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $130. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $130.

International Student Fees
Application Fee $160.00

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 16, 2021

Tuition $5820.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $68.48
Recreation Fee $0.00
Total $6,005.18

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 17, 2021

Tuition $5820.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $68.48
Recreation Fee $0.00
Total $6,005.18

Spring Term
Fee payment deadline: April 22, 2022

Tuition $690.00
Student Association $68.95
Technology Fee $68.48
Recreation Fee $0.00
Total $827.43


Total tuition and mandatory fees for Year 1: $12,837.79

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Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)
Domestic Students - $100
International Students - $500

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