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Cook Training, Professional Certificate Selkirk College




Course info


Your culinary career can take you all over the world with employment options in 5-star dining rooms to crafting perfect eggs benny at your favorite brunch spot. There’s no limit to where your talent and creativity can take you.

Our skilled instructors teach you culinary fundamentals for detailed menu planning, quality ingredient selection and efficient meal preparation. You will learn in a live kitchen environment, providing cooking services for our student cafeteria, banquet guests, at regional competitions and in our signature Scholars Dining Room.

Master Your Trade

  • Occupational Skills
  • Baked Goods and Desserts
  • Beverages
  • Grade Manger
  • Meat, Poultry and Seafood
  • Stocks, Soups and Sauces and more

You’ll earn Professional Cook Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved certification upon successful program completion. If you want to take your education further, you’ll be set to enter our Culinary Management diploma program.

Provincial Standard Certification

Selkirk College offers three levels of the Industry Training Authority provincially standardized apprenticeship cooking program leading to Red Seal Certification. A certificate will be issued to those who successfully complete each level of training. ITA provincial apprenticeship exams in both practical and theory are administered at the end of each level of training.

Professional Cook: Cook 1 is a 28-week Industry Training Authority provincially standardized program designed to train people for employment in restaurants, institutions, and fast-food outlets.

Professional Cook 2: Cook 2 is a 14-week, provincially standardized apprenticeship program designed to introduce students to the complexity, diversity and attractiveness of the Cooking profession. Students acquire practical experience preparing a la carte, table d’hôtel and prix fixe menu items for patrons of the College's training dining room.

Professional Cook 3 – Red Seal Certification: Cook 3 is the most advanced credential offered in this apprenticeship, this level is 6 weeks in length and meets all the requirements of the national Red Seal standard for cooks. Upon completion of the program students will be competent with all of the major techniques and principles used in cooking, baking and other aspects of food preparation. In addition to demonstrating a mastery of cooking skills, a professional cook at this level should be able to plan and cost menus and recipes, and have an understanding of the communication skills necessary to take a leadership role in the kitchen.

Youth Train in Trades (ACE IT) High School Transition Program: This program qualifies for high school transitions. A program that is designed to help secondary school students get a head-start on their trades careers, while earning graduation credit, the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) Youth Train in Trades (formerly known as Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT)) program is a perfect way to learn more about the industry.


The demand for professional cooks is very high and growing. There is tremendous potential for placement in many types of industry establishments. Students have found excellent steady employment in hospitals, camps, major resorts and hotels. Also many small establishments and restaurant chains employ our students locally and throughout BC and Alberta.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Cook Training, Professional Certificate.

Full Time (3 terms)

Tuition fees

Year 1: CAN $12,640; Year 2: CAN $6,460




Tenth Street Campus (Nelson)

820 Tenth Street,


British Columbia (BC),

V1L 3C7, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Admission is open to individuals who:

  • have graduated from a BC senior secondary school or equivalent (may be under 19 years of age).
  • an official secondary school transcript must be submitted.
  • mature students must be least 19 years of age and have completed Grade 10 or equivalent with passing grades in Math and English, OR
  • are at least 19 years of age and have been admitted at the discretion of the School Chair.

Submission of a TOEFL score of IBT 80 or better; or

Submission of an IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band less than 5.5 or better; or

Submission of an acceptable score on the Language Proficiency Index score of 4 or better.

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