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Cook Apprenticeship

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Program Code: 06091 Credential: Certificate of Achievement Program Length: 4 semesters Program and course details can be viewed on Current Student Resources  
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Program Overview

Humber’s Cook Apprenticeship certificate program provides the fundamentals of menu planning, costing, butchery, garde manger and charcuterie, nutrition, baking, purchasing, and product management. We teach you about supervising kitchen staff in a balanced program of theory and practical classes to set you up for a successful career. The apprenticeship component allows you to study and work at the same time – earn while you learn.

Humber is home to the Ontario Cook Apprenticeship Training Centre, the largest training centre for cook apprentices in the province. The centre has been instrumental in the design of all of the province’s post-Red Seal cook apprentice curriculum. Humber’s apprenticeship curriculum is innovative while following the standards set by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD).

Note: This program follows professional industry standards for decorum, uniform, hygiene and personal presentation. Practical courses, which take place in a lab, have strict uniform and attendance standards and policies that are mandatory for successful completion of the course.

Apprenticeships are not available to international applicants.

Courses Program Standards

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Provide advanced culinary planning, preparation and presentation for a variety of food service environments using a range of classical and contemporary techniques

  2. Apply basic and advanced food and bake science to food preparation to create a desired end product.

  3. Contribute to and monitor adherence of others to the provision of a well-maintained kitchen environment and to the service of food and beverage products that are free from harmful bacteria or other contaminants, adhering to health, safety, sanitation and food handling regulations.

  4. Ensure the safe operation of the kitchen and all aspects of food preparation to promote healthy work spaces, responsible kitchen management and efficient use of resources.

  5. Create menus that reflect knowledge of nutrition and food ingredients, promote general health and well-being, respond to a range of nutritional needs and preferences and address modifications for special diets, food allergies and intolerances, as required.

  6. Apply business principles and recognized industry costing and control practices to food service operations to manage and promote a fiscally responsible operation.

  7. Apply knowledge of sustainability*, ethical and local food sourcing, and food security to food preparation and kitchen management, recognizing the potential impacts on food production, consumer choice and operations within the food service industry.

  8. Select and use technology, including contemporary kitchen equipment, for food production and promotion.

  9. Perform effectively as a member of a food and beverage preparation and service team and contribute to the success of a food-service operation by applying self-management and interpersonal skills.

  10. Develop strategies for continuous personal and professional learning to ensure currency with and responsiveness to emerging culinary techniques, regulations, and practices in the food service industry.

  11. Contribute to the development of marketing strategies that promote the successful operation of a food service business.

  12. Contribute to the business management of a variety of food and beverage operations to foster an engaging work environment that reflects service excellence.


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Humber is the home of the Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts & Science, Canada’s leading centre of excellence in culinary education, apprenticeship training and culinary research and development.

  • Kitchen Lab Facilities
  • On-Campus Restaurant Training Facility
  • Wine Tasting and Demonstration Lab

Take a 360 Degree Tour of Our New Culinary Lab

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The Faculty of Business has more than 500 industry partners. Partners provide funding for capital projects (labs, etc.), provide internships for students, donate more than $60,000 in awards and scholarships, and employ our students upon graduation.

Is Apprenticeship Right for You? 

There are many ways for passionate aspiring chefs to enter the fast-paced culinary industry. The opportunity to become an apprentice and "earn while you learn" is one of them. 

Recently, chef and culinary instructor Michael Teune sat down with Restaurants Canada to discuss apprenticeships in the culinary industry and the benefits for aspiring chefs, restaurant employees, employers and the culinary industry as a whole.

Learn While You Earn 

Working professionals can enroll in this Apprenticeship program and learn new culinary skills, earn a credential and reach higher goals, like earning their Red Seal Certification. A total of $4,000 in government grants are available to each Apprentice. Employers are able to enroll current staff into the program and will be automatically enrolled to receive a $9,700 government grant per Apprentice.

WNET Video

Humber and the Faculty of Business hosted the Women Entering Non-Traditional Trades Conference

In June 2021, CHCH Morning Live visited the Humber culinary labs, watch the clip.

Your Career

The demand for passionate, well-trained chefs around the world is constant, and with more than 7,000 restaurants reflecting a wide variety of cultures and cuisines, Toronto is the ideal place to launch your culinary career.

The culinary skills you’ll gain at Humber will put you in high demand. Potential job locations include hotels, restaurants, clubs, resorts, hospitals, corporate settings and more.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you’ll be inspired by the variety of establishments you can own. Food service is a constantly evolving industry that has never been more in the spotlight, and our cook apprenticeship program is your gateway.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Canadian Culinary Federation (CCF)

Upon successful completion of the basic and advanced programs, graduates have the necessary knowledge to take the national Red Seal for the Journeyman Cook exam. After one year post-Red Seal, an apprentice may challenge a practical exam for the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCF) designation, Certified Working Chef. After four to five years, graduates may enroll in the Certified Chef de Cuisine program, also offered at Humber under the regulation of the CCF.

World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS)

Humber’s culinary and pastry programs have been awarded international recognition from the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program for meeting or exceeding the WACS standards of quality culinary education. This program is approved by WACS for Fast Track Certification for the Worldchefs Commis Chef Level.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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Cook Apprenticeship Program Video

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Watch the video to see the overview of the Cook Apprenticeship program.


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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following requirements:

  • Academic

    This apprenticeship is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades. You and your employer are required to register through your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD).

    You will be scheduled for the in-school portion of training by MLTSD. Apprentices who have been scheduled for the in-school training will be sent an Offer of Classroom Training letter from the MLTSD. For more information, visit ontario.ca/page/start-apprenticeship.

    Required Preparation

    •  Grade 12

    For Peel Region, please contact:
    MLTSD – Apprenticeship Branch
    The Emerald Centre
    10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle, Suite 404
    Mississauga, ON  L5R 3K6
    905.279.7333 or 800.736.7332
    ontario.ca/page/employment-ontario

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Not available

Fees

Level 1 - $600
Level 2 - $600

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$400 - textbooks; $160 - uniforms; $100 - safety shoes.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

BA in Culinary Arts

Graduates of Humber's Cook Apprenticeship Certificate of Achievement with Professional Cook 3 (Red Seal) are eligible to enter Year 3 of the Bachelor of Arts (Ordinary) in Culinary Arts at the Institute of Technology Tralee in Ireland.  

To be eligible for consideration for entry, applicants must have achieved a minimum grade point average of 60% on graduation from the Humber program.  

IT Tralee offers Humber students a special package which includes tuition for two semesters, accommodation for the academic year, emergency medical insurance, and pick up at airport on first arrival.  For 2019 intake this package costs €10,650 but is subject to change from year-to-year.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner postsecondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

For more information, please contact: Cyril Gavaghan, cyril.gavaghan@ittralee.ie

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Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

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Contact Information

James Bodanis, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5177
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How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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