The Professional Cooking program prepares students to practise the trade of professional cook.
Generally speaking, professional cooks perform tasks related to preparing, transforming, serving and storing food. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, educational institutions and other establishments. They can also work on ships, construction sites, for caterers, food production facilities, etc. They sometimes work under the authority of a chef.
The duration of the program is 1 470 hours, which includes 930 hours spent on the specific competencies required to practise the trade or occupation and 540 hours on general, work-related competencies. The program of study is divided into 24 competencies which vary in length from 30 to 135 hours. The total hours allocated to the program include time devoted to teaching, evaluation of learning and enrichment or remedial activities.
To be eligible for admission to the Professional Cooking program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:
• Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent.
• Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition of equivalent learning.
• Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the general development test and SPR 3, 4, 6, or recognition of equivalent learning.
• Persons having earned Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister and who will continue their general education courses concurrently with their vocational training in order to obtain the credits they are missing among the following: Secondary IV language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister.
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Certification of Studies
Diploma of Vocational Studies (D.V.S.)