Professional Cook

Foundation Program
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 are open.

Program dates:

Fall 2024 (PROC1): Aug 12 2024 - March 7 2025
Spring 2025 (PROC2): Mar 10 2025 - June 13 2025
  • 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 Skilled Trades BC.

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


Professional Cook Level 2


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 

  • English Language Arts 10 or ENGL 030 (minimum “C“) or equivalent 
  • Workplace Math 10 or MATH 041 (minimum “C-“) or equivalent 

Food Safe Level 1 certificate must be attained before the course end date. The School of Trades and Technologies will assist students with attaining access to the Food Safe Level 1 course.

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

Limited Admission

If there is room in the program, you will be accepted once you have met all the admission requirements. This is called “first qualified, first accepted”. If you qualify after the program is full, you will be put on a wait list.


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.