NAIT's Department of Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies is a part of the School of Skilled Trades and offers apprenticeship programs for Baker and Cook. Apprentice bakers and cooks train for 3 years. They spend 8 weeks each year in the classroom and get the rest of their training on the job.
Apprenticeship programs are different from other culinary arts programs. In order to train as an apprentice, you must first be hired by an employer willing to provide job-site training and be registered as an apprentice with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).
- Frequently asked questions about NAIT apprenticeship
- Frequently asked questions about the apprenticeship process
After completing their technical and on-the-job training, apprentices write provincial exams to get journeyman status.
Journeyman bakers will be able to prepare high-quality products, including yeast goods (breads, buns, doughnuts, etc.), cakes, cookies, pastries and other baked goods.
Journeyman cooks will be able to prepare wholesome and high-quality food, produce pastries and desserts common to the food service industry, grade and classify meat, fish and poultry, and determine menu costs.
Graduates of the apprenticeship programs will also have the skills to be able to supervise, train and coach future apprentices.