Professional Cook

Also available as:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 42 weeks
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Estimated at $6,722
START DATE: Fall 2023 - Spring 2025
  • In Class
Application Status
Applications still open.
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


Are you craving to get into a fast-paced and rewarding career where you can express your creativity and passion for food? CNC’s Professional Cook program is the perfect fit for you. As a professional cook, you will be highly employable in a variety of kitchen environments. Discover your possibilities here.


Upon completion of this program, you will be qualified for jobs in the following work environments:

  • Hotels
  • exotic resorts
  • cruise ships
  • local restaurants
  • Fine Dining Restaurant
  • Pubs and bars
  • Self- Employed

Next career steps

Red Seal

A Professional Cook 3 will have met all of the requirements of the national Red Seal standard for Cook. Professional Cook 3 can be taken or challenged through the Industry Training Authority.

Certified Chef de Cuisine

Red Seal cooks are eligible to become members of the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCF) and enroll in the Certified Chef de Cuisine program. To enrol you need to be a Red Seal cook for at least five years, and a CCF member to enter their program. 

Governing bodies

Professional Cook Courses

Fast-paced and rewarding, a career as a professional cook lets you express your creativity. You'll find jobs at hotels, exotic resorts, cruise ships and local restaurants. You might even own your own restaurant one day.

Professional Cook Level 1 Program

CULA-150 Professional Cook I 0 28 weeks

Professional Cook Level 2

CULA-250 Professional Cook II 0 14 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Fall 2023 Prince George In Class August 14 2023 - March 8 2024 (Level 1)
Spring 2024 Prince George In Class March 11 2024 - June 14 2024 (Level 2)
Fall 2024 Prince George In Class Level 1, Aug 12, 2024 - Mar 7, 2025
Spring 2025 Prince George In Class Level 2, Mar 10, 2025 - Jun 13, 2025

Entry Requirements 

  • “C” grade or higher in one of the following: English 10, or Communications 11, or English 030 or equivalent 
  •  “C” grade or higher in one of the following: Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10,or Math 041,or Math 030, or equivalent 

In addition to the minimum requirements, it is suggested that anyone planning to apply to this program acquire some background by taking Foods 11 and 12 and Career Preparation/ Hospitality Foods or Cafeteria 11 and 12. It is also advisable to have recent work experience in a kitchen.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options. 

Selective admission

A program for which seats are filled based on approved selection criteria. Such criteria may include, but are not limited to, assessment, portfolio submissions, interviews and grade point average. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance to the program. 

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $6,722.
  • Tuition: $3,557
  • Student fees: $1,338
  • Medical/Dental Fee (Fall semester only): $260
  • Books, uniform and knife kit: $1,567

These costs are an estimate. Costs may change without notice. Student tuition and fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.

Supplies for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial assistance to find out how.

Salaries and employment 

Employment growth increasing

Unemployment rate dropping

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.