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Culinary Arts - Professional Cook Level One

7-month Certificate Program
August 27, 2019 to March 20, 2020


Apply early as space is limited

This program is designed to train students for a career in professional cooking.

Course content includes

  • preparation of meat, poultry, soup, salads, sauces, seafood, fruit and desserts
  • setting up and operating a cafeteria that provides regular lunches
  • catering many special events

Students rotate through the many jobs within the cafeteria on site at Brooks Senior Secondary School.

As part of the program, students will acquire the following certificates:

  • WHMIS 2015
  • Occupational First Aid, Level 1
  • Foodsafe, Level 1
  • SuperHost Foundations of Service Quality
  • Kitchen Safety and Fire Extinguisher
  • Serving It Right

Regular attendance and a minimum average of 70% in the practical and theory portions of the program is required to pass.

Classes are in session 4 days per week, Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Students should be aware that the schedule is flexible as there are evening, weekend and early morning events.

Admission Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check (approx $42.00)
  • Application form
    (No application deadline date, however apply early as space is limited)
  • Grade 12 or provincial equivalent, or mature student status
  • If proof of completion of Grade 12 is not submitted, a $20.00 Assessment Test will be required (study materials are available)
  • Minimum 17 years of age
  • Interview

Recommendations for Admission

  • High school career food preparation courses
  • Some industry experience

Program Outline

  • COOK 100T Orientation & Evaluation
  • COOK 102T Breakfast and Meat Cutting - Theory & Practical
  • COOK 104T Garde-Manger, Vegetables and Starch 1 - Theory & Practical
  • COOK 108T Stocks, Soups, Protein Cookery 1 - Theory & Practical
  • COOK 112T A la Carte 1 - Theory & Practical
  • COOK 119T Pastries and Desserts 1 - Theory & Practical

Fees (subject to change)

Type Cost
Tuition Fee
Co-op Fee
Student Fees


Application Fee
Grad Fee
Criminal Record Check Fee
International Student Tuition
$1740.00 per month

*Dual Credit Students click here for information on fees


Other Expenses (approx.)

Type Cost
Chef's Jacket (will be ordered first day of class)

Dining Room Attire - black shoes, socks, pants and a white shirt are required.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance may be available to students demonstrating financial need. This program is government student loan eligible. Applications for the academic year are available each May at any post-secondary institution, or on-line at

More information is available from an advisor at Vancouver Island University.
Please call (604) 485-2878 to make an appointment.

How to Apply

When the Registration Center confirms that you have been admitted, you will be advised when and how to register and pay for your program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Culinary Arts program leave with a sound knowledge of the basics of professional cooking; to become a recognized chef requires years of work experience. Students who excel in this program are in high demand, and many have attained top-level positions in five-star hotels, restaurants, resorts, and private clubs in Canada and other parts of the world. Graduates have also found employment in institutional kitchens, hospitals, retirement homes, B.C. Ferries and camps. Chefs in the industry recognize the expertise of the Culinary Arts graduates and regularly contact the University instructors when employment opportunities arise locally, nationally and internationally.