Skip to content Skip to footer site map

Print ViewDownload PDF

Culinary Management/Cook Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship

Available at: Kingston


The exciting and growing world of professional culinary arts offers talented and committed individuals a wide spectrum of opportunities. In Canada, or internationally, skilled chefs are in very high demand. Whether in leading edge restaurants, resorts or hotels, catering operations or product development kitchens, a rewarding career awaits the prepared and qualified individual who aspires to be a professional chef with management responsibility.

St. Lawrence College is a recognized leader in Ontario delivering this program, which combines a registered Apprenticeship with a Culinary Management Diploma. Lead by a team of dedicated chef professors who continue to work in the industry, the Culinary Management Diploma/Cook Co-op Apprenticeship offers the student a unique and exciting career path into the culinary profession by combining hands-on experience in the College’s training facilities with professional work experience in a paid placement and a registered apprenticeship.

This program will teach students all aspects of food production and preparation through demonstrations by culinary professionals, followed by continuous hands-on practice. More than 60% of your 2 year program is spent in the culinary labs, more than most culinary schools in the province. In addition, studies in the areas of business communications, kitchen management practices, nutrition, menu planning and applied computer skills will prepare students to successfully meet the demands of the industry as well-rounded graduates with technical and interpersonal skills.

Note: This program provides the complete in–school portion of the Level 1 and Level 2 Apprenticeship certification program.

This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

How to Prepare:

How to Start:

This program is not open to International students.


  • Students in this program will obtain the provincial Safe Food Handler Certification. 
  • Students are registered as an Apprentice with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development  
  • Assistance is provided to help secure paid co-op work placement for semester 3 
  • Placement hours are logged, by your designated employer for apprenticeship 
  • Upon successful completion of the program students are exempt from any further apprenticeship in-school training 
  • Graduates who complete the work requirements for their apprenticeship are eligible to qualify for Certificate of Qualification for Cook (Red Seal) 
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible for a Diploma

Essence Dining Room

Essence Dining Room Logo

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.

Barbados Exchange Program

A number of spaces will be available each year for students to complete the second year of their studies as exchange students at Barbados Community College. Students will pay St. Lawrence College tuition and will receive full credit for their studies in both institutions, earning a Culinary Management Diploma from St. Lawrence College and an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Culinary Arts from Barbados Community College. Add a year in Ireland: Graduates will be eligible to continue their studies in Ireland earning a Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts. Three years, three countries, three credentials: an incredible start to your culinary career!

Study in Ireland

Graduates of this program can turn their diploma into a degree in Ireland. Check out our flyer (pdf) to find out more information or click here to learn more about studying in Ireland.

Program Name

Culinary Management/Cook Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

First year:
Knife kit: $500.00 - $550.00
Uniform package: $150.00 - $175.00
Textbooks: $150.00 - $200.00

Apprenticeship Registration, College of Trades: $60.00

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
CHEF 103 Nutrition
CHEF 104 Culinary Techniques I
CHEF 105 Food Science I
CHEF 106 Baking I - Foundation of Baking
CHEF 107 Culinary Math
CHEF 108 Kitchen Management I

Semester 2
CHEF 201 Menu Planning
CHEF 203 Food Science II
CHEF 204 Culinary Techniques II
CHEF 205 Restaurant Service
CHEF 206 Food Sustainability
CHEF 208 Kitchen Management II
COMM 14 Career Planning and Communications

Semester 3
CHEF 302 Food Science III
CHEF 303 Culinary Techniques III
CHEF 304 Vegetarian Fusion
General Education
General Education Online

Semester 4
CHEF 401 Baking II
CHEF 402 Culinary Techniques IV
CHEF 406 Global Food Cultures
CHEF 408 Kitchen Management III
GENE General Education Course

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

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

    • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
    • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


    Health Requirements


    As an organization, we have been pleased with the level of skill shown by apprentices that have graduated from the culinary program at St. Lawrence College. We have not only accepted apprentices into our summer workplace internships, but we have also hired SLC graduates as full-time employees.

    David Tombs

    Program Contact

    Chef Richard Hendy

    Chef Leslie Leacy

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

    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.

    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

    Red Seal Examination Examples Red Seal Website


    Advanced Standing

    Print ViewDownload PDF