Professional Cooking Certificate

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 face-to-face.

This program will introduce you to the kitchen, teaching you about vegetables, proteins, stocks, soups, sauces, and kitchen management. With a three-week practicum, you'll have the opportunity to learn in an actual work environment.

Professional Cooking combines theory, demonstration, and hands-on practical application, along with FoodSafe, First Aid, and WHIMS certification. After successful completion of the program, students can transfer into the Culinary Arts Diploma program.

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

Jada Anderson - Success Story

For twenty years Jada wanted to go back to school but always thought she was too old. After surviving an injury, she applied to the Professional Cooking Certificate program and continued onto the Culinary Arts Diploma. As a graduate, she receives the Red Spirit Knife.

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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%) or equivalent
  • Math 10-3 (recommended passing grade of 60%) or equivalent 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

Use this chart to check Provincial high school equivalencies accepted at Portage College. Note: This is just a guide.

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 28, 2023 to May 17, 2024 (Fall, Winter and Spring Terms)

Application Deadline
August 15, 2023

Location
St. Paul campus

Domestic Student Fees
Application fee: $53.50

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 15, 2022

Tuition $1940.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $2,189.67

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 15, 2022

Tuition $1940.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $2,189.67

Spring Term
Fee payment deadline: April 21, 2023

Tuition $230.00
Student Association $26.50
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $23.54
Total $358.44


Total tuition and mandatory fees for Year 1: $4,737.78

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 15, 2022

Tuition $6422.25
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $6,671.92

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 15, 2022

Tuition $5820.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $6,069.67

Spring Term
Fee payment deadline: April 21, 2023

Tuition $690.00
Student Association $26.50
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $23.54
Total $818.44


Total tuition and mandatory fees for Year 1: $13,560.03


Guaranteed yearly tuition for 2023-2024 - Year 2 of program started 2022-2023, not including mandatory fees: $12,707.85

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Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)
Domestic Students - $100
International Students - $1500

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