in Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship – Culinary
Formerly named: Culinary Management Dual Diploma Apprenticeship
In just two years, graduates from the Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship – Culinary program earn an Ontario College diploma and the in-school training required to pursue their Certificate of Qualification – Red Seal for the trade of Cook.
This combination of experience and skills will ensure students have the foundation for career advancement in the hospitality industry. This unique program provides students with exceptional culinary and management skills, apprenticeship training, practical techniques and real-world experience.
Earn While You Learn
On top of learning alongside experienced and diverse faculty and culinary industry leaders, students complete a paid co-op placement as a registered apprentice. This 15-week, college-supervised, paid apprenticeship training is scheduled for the summer between the first and second year of the program. The placement experience can be in the Peterborough area or in your hometown. Our Apprenticeship Liaison Officer is available to provide assistance in securing the placement that’s right for you.
Students will be able to complete apprenticeship competencies during their co-op experience.
After completing on-the-job training requirements (in addition to your college diploma), graduates are eligible to write the provincial Trade of Cook Certificate of Qualifications examination. Once you obtain your Certificate of Qualifications, you can work anywhere in Canada and advance in your culinary career.
Career opportunities are wide-ranging and include:
- Journey person cook in commercial or institutional setting
- Chef de Partie
- Chef de Partie
- Kitchen Manager in a commercial setting or institutional setting
- Journey person cook in a resort/cruise ship setting
- Executive chef
- Working Chef
- Executive Sous chef
- Sous chef
- Manager/owner of a restaurant
- Food or hospitality services manager
- Food stylist
- Sales agent for a food supplier
How to Apply
Students apply to the Culinary Management program (CM) through OCAS and once accepted into the program, will then go through an application and interview process to gain admission to the Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program – Culinary. Students must register as an apprentice after acceptance into the program.
To be registered as an apprentice, students must be a Canadian citizen or landed status, have a SIN number and have completed an OSSD.
Financial Support for Apprenticeship Students
Students qualify for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) - $1000 per year for apprenticeship training.
Students are also eligible for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant once they have finished their competences and written their certificate of qualifications for journey person cook
Students may be eligible for Employment Insurance for their final year of education if they meet the EI eligibility criteria during their summer work placement (Co-op)
For more information regarding financial support please contact your local Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities Apprenticeship Office https://www.ontario.ca/page/employment-ontario-apprenticeship-offices
Plan on $1200 for first year books and supplies and $700 for the second year.
Students should be in good physical and mental health. Independent physical mobility and manual dexterity are essential in cooking. If you have a medical concern, you are strongly advised to discuss your concerns with your program coordinator and to consult with your doctor. Students are strongly urged to obtain vaccination against Hepatitis B prior to the practical component of this program.
Education Requirements Minimum of Grade 12 or equivalent International Students require both a SIN and a Work Visa to participate in the program. A study visa is not sufficient for entry into the program.
For more information, contact our Apprenticeship Officer: