Professional Cook Program
Certificate in Culinary Arts - Professional Cook (PC), Level 1 & 2
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Please note that as of September 2009 the cook training program was restructured by the Industry Training Authority (ITA). For detailed information on these changes please visit Go2 or review the new Professional Cook program comparison chart.
Go2 is the Industry Training Organization (ITO) for the hospitality and tourism. It is sanctioned by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to define an industry driven training leadership and coordinating division for the BC tourism industry. This is consistent with the industry's goal of creating and sustaining an association that is mandated to coordinate and implement the industry's human resources strategic plan.
The Professional Cook program allows you to turn your passion into a career!
You’ll be trained in the fundamentals of food preparation in all aspects of a modern industrial kitchen. You’ll learn professional standards of sanitation, personal hygiene, portion control, waste prevention, the importance of serving nutritionally balanced meals. As well, you'll learn the importance of having a positive attitude towards your employer and fellow workers and you’ll work your magic in the student-run Class Room Restaurant.
After finishing your training under the program’s experienced faculty, you’ll be able to find employment in a wide variety of professional cooking positions.
The food service industry is one of the nation’s biggest employers, and opportunities for Culinary Arts graduates are numerous and diverse. You’ll work in restaurants, hotels, lodges, clubs, institutions, catering companies and resorts. After graduating PC Level 1 (PC1) apprenticeship training you can seek jobs in family restaurants, bistros, hotels and large institutions such as hospitals, logging camps, cruise ships or schools. Upon graduation from Level 2 (PC2) apprenticeship training you"ll be able to find jobs in fine dining in some of the most famous hotels and restaurants locally, nationally or internationally, as well as take on positions requiring planning and costing, elaborate buffets, and large-function catering.
Where & When
The Professional Cook Training program is offered at Camosun’s Interuban Campus from September through July.
Professional Cook Level 1 (PC1) will be offered over a period of 28 weeks. Upon successful completion students will be awarded the equivalent of technical training for Level 1 apprenticeship.
Professional Cook Level 2 (PC2) training will be offered over a period of 14 weeks. Upon successful completion students will be awarded the equivalent of technical training for Level 2 apprenticeship.
Upon successful completion of PC1 & PC2 and the necessary work based training hours, students will be eligible to continue their training at Professional Cook Training Level 3 (PC3) apprenticeship over a period of 6 weeks.
Important: Students who completed their program prior to September 2009 in Culinary Arts, under the old program, are asked to contact Gilbert Noussitou, Chair of Culinary Arts, at email@example.com or 250-370-3778, to develop an individual transition plan.
High School students: If you're interested in getting an early start, checkout Lync.
Last updated: August 23, 2012 11:11 am