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What will I learn?

There are no limits to where your culinary career can take you with employment options in 5-star dining rooms to crafting perfect eggs benny at your favorite brunch spot. Learn foundational skills in level one and go on to achieve your Red Seal certification with Selkirk College.

As a provincial Industry Training Authority (ITA) for professional cooks 1, 2 and 3, our skilled instructors teach you culinary fundamentals for detailed menu planning, quality ingredient selection and efficient meal preparation. Learn the complexities of a creative menu and go on to master kitchen skills as you achieve our most advanced credential, the national Red Seal certification.

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


Garde Manger

Meat, Poultry and Seafood

Stocks, Soups and Sauces and more

Take Your Education Further

After completion of Professional Cook 1-3, you’ll be set to enter our Culinary Management diploma program.

Chefs, food and beverage managers and restaurant owners today need business, leadership and human resource skills in addition to a strong culinary foundation. This program provides fundamental management skills for students with culinary backgrounds looking to manage own or operate a food and beverage business.

Which department am I in?

School of Hospitality and Tourism

Study options

Full Time (3 terms)

Tuition fees
CAD$25,200.00 (US$ 18,988) per year
Year 1 – Tuition: CAN $14,700, Total estimated cost: CAN $17,615.76 (Includes tuition, program fees, mandatory fees, student union fees, Books & Supplies); Year 2 – Tuition: CAN $7,350, Total estimated cost: CAN $9,162.31 (Includes tuition, program fees, mandatory fees, student union fees, Books & Supplies); Year 3 – Tuition: CAN $3,150, Total estimated cost: CAN $3,766.77 (Includes tuition, program fees, mandatory fees, student union fees)
Start date

Expected September 2022


Tenth Street Campus (Nelson)

820 Tenth Street,


British Columbia (BC),

V1L 3C7, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have graduated from a BC Senior Secondary School or equivalent, or Be 19 years of age or older, or Be under 19 years of age but have a written recommendation from your Secondary School Principal, or Be considered by the Admissions & Standards Committee or Registrar to be capable of succeeding in college courses in view of your particular circumstances. English Language Proficiency Requirements: 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.

For international students

In order to attend the Professional Cook Program at Selkirk College you must meet the following admission requirements.

Successful completion of Grade 10 or equivalent with passing grades in any Math 10 and any English 10. For international applicants, IELTS 6.5 overall band score (with no band less than 6.0), or equivalent on other internationally recognized English Language Proficiency Tests. If an international student applies with an IELTS of 6.0 overall score (with no band less than 5.5), then they would need to meet the requirements below.

Applicants who lack the specific English admission requirements may still gain admission to the program with the understanding that they will successfully complete ENGL 66 Essential English course in the first year of their program. This course must be completed to be able to advance beyond 30 program credits.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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