What to Expect
The cook program follows the current Alberta Apprenticeship Course Outline (pdf) to ensure all students are provided with appropriate training experiences to successfully pass their apprenticeship examinations.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average
- 30 hours per week attending classes and working in labs
At NAIT, students get hands-on training in the state-of-the-art Hokanson Centre for Culinary Arts.
Is This Program For You?
In general, people attracted to this career value the job's creative challenges and the public appreciation for their expertise. To be successful in their trade, cooks need to
- be fluent in English with reading and writing competency
- have good basic mathematics skills
- have a genuine interest in preparing food and working with people
- be in good health and able to stand for long periods
- have a keen sense of taste and smell
- be flexible
- be able to lift in excess of 25 kilograms
- be ready to work as a member of a team
- be willing to maintain the high standard of cleanliness necessary in any food establishment
As a student in the Department of Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies, you’ll get more than just a great hands-on education. There are opportunities to get involved with the school and the community. Learn more about the student experience through the following links.