The Culinary Arts Certificate is for students with a passion for a career in the Restaurant, Food Service and Hospitality Industry and its wide variety of options. This 50 week (1,500 hour) program provides the fundamental knowledge needed for successful employment as a cook in one of the many areas of food service. This is an experiential program with emphasis on food preparation and presentation as well as basic service techniques. Located at the Kelowna campus kitchens and Infusions Restaurant the program mirrors a realistic training environment within the expected industry timeframe.
Apprenticeship technical training credit for Professional Cook Level 1 and Level 2 and 600 work based hours for Level 1 and 240 work based hours for Level 2 will be granted by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) upon successful completion of this program. Students will receive credit for Foodsafe Level 1. Apprenticeship practical training credit will also be granted by the Industry Training Authority as a result of prior practical experience.
Students must provide proof of completion of the co-op or other 400 work-based hours and successfully complete all Level 1 components prior to advancing to Level 2 components of the program. Upon successful completion of Level 1 and Level 2 requirements, students are eligible to challenge the Provincial Cook Certificate of Qualification examinations for Level 1 and Level 2.
Students wishing to pursue the Professional Cook Red Seal endorsement must provide proof of a total of 5,000 work-based hours and complete Level 3 technical training.