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Available at: Kingston


This program includes all of the in-school training requirements to complete the Cook Apprenticeship Program, as defined by the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. This program is open only to employees who are currently working in the industry, have been sponsored by their employer as a registered cook apprentice and who are working towards obtaining their Provincial Certificate of Qualification.

Apprenticeship training is recognized as one of the most efficient methods of training and educating skilled tradespersons. Flexible in-school training options are necessary to meet the specific needs of apprentices and their training sponsor or employer. Apprentices learn to become qualified trades people or “journeypersons” while sponsors or employers gain highly skilled employees with current knowledge and work techniques.

This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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Training Allowances

During in-school instruction, the apprentice may qualify for E.I. Benefits for living allowances and travel expenses provided for by Service Canada. For more information please contact the nearest Service Canada office in your area.

Career Opportunities

Culinary professionals are in high demand across Canada and around the world. You can find employment wherever food is prepared: restaurants, hotels and resorts, camps and remote sites, catering, institutional food services and product development kitchens.

Essence Dining Room


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Students embrace real-life learning by running Essence, an on-campus restaurant. Enjoy great foods from around the world at fantastic prices at Essence Dining Room, operated by students on the Kingston campus. Enjoy three-course lunches or five-course dinners. Open to students, staff and the general public. This culinary teaching environment benefits our students immensely by giving them hands-on experience. Click here to learn more about Essence.

Program Name


Program Code



Certificate of Apprenticeship C. of Q.

Start Dates


Program Duration

Day Release Delivery format (2.5 days/week)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

The apprentice will be required to pay classroom and administrative fees. Please contact the Skilled Trades Office 613-544-5400, ext. 1376 or toll-free 1-866-826-3338. Additional fees for Certification in WHMIS, Food Safety and CPR/First Aid are additional costs to the registered apprentice.

International Fees

Additional Costs

Knife Kit: College Approved $450.00 - $500.00
Text book: $150.00 - $175.00 Professional Cooking For Canadian Chefs 8th Edition with Wiley Plus
Cooks uniform: $150.00 Can use employers cooks uniform: Must be a White Chef Jacket

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2019-20

Semester 1: Assistant Cook Level 1
COOK 101 Food Theory
COOK 102 Sanitation, Safety and Equipment
COOK 103 Basic Nutrition
COOK 104 Bake Theory
COOK 105 Techniques of Baking
COOK 106 Culinary Techniques
COOK 107 Kitchen Management
COOK 108 Business Development

Semester 2: Assistant Cook Level 1
COOK 106 Culinary Techniques
COOK 107 Kitchen Management
COOK 108 Business Development

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    The apprentice must be currently:

    • sponsored by an employer;
    • registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development;
    • registered with the Ontario College of Trades.



    Health Requirements

    Not applicable


    The culinary course was very informative, and most of all very fun. I was always excited to go to each and every class, and never wanted to miss a moment. I have even suggested to fellow cooks in the industry to take this program.

    Sarim Sok

    Program Contact

    Chef Richard Hendy

    Chef Leslie Leacy

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

    International Students Contact:

    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.  

    70% of instruction occurs in the training kitchens with hands-on direction from chef professors. Apprentices learn the skills needed for career success and advancement. Ingredients and menu selections are comparable to those used in finer restaurants, hotels and resort establishments. St. Lawrence College provides the academic training, in cooperation with the Apprenticeship and Client Services Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

    How to Prepare

    How to Start

    Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Ministry Website


    Apprenticeship Incentive Grants ($4000.00) Incentive Grant Website


    Employer Tax Credits Job Creation Tax Credit for Employers


    College of Trades College of Trades Website


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    Contact your local office of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development:

    299 Concession Street, Suite 201,
    Kingston, Ontario, K7K 2B9
    Tel: 613-548-1151 or 1-866-973-4043
    Fax: 613-548-4120

    135 North Front St
    Belleville, Ontario, K8P 3B5
    Tel: 613-968-5558 
    or 1-800-953-6885 
    Fax: 613-968-2364

    132 Second Street East, Suite 202,
    Cornwall, Ontario,
    K6H 1Y4
    Tel: 613-938-9702 or 1-877-668-6604
    Fax: 613-938-6627


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