Continuing Education

Certified Chef de Cuisine


The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Achieve the next level of professional culinary excellence

Running a successful restaurant can be complex but rewarding work. As a chef, you know that everything from the choice of menu items to staff training influences customer satisfaction and ultimately your bottom line. If you're currently working in the industry at the Executive, Executive Sous or Sous Chef level, the Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) program will help you assess and further expand your understanding of human resource management, operations, menu planning and nutrition considerations.

The Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) program is administered at NAIT by the Canadian Culinary Institute, the educational branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC). In each of the program's four courses, you will cover material critical to completing the CCFCC accreditation exams. NAIT delivers the courses, while the CCFCC administers the summative assessment. Successfully completing the courses and assessment will grant you a CCC designation, the highest level of accreditation for cooks in Canada.

Theory Courses

Courses aren’t mandatory but are strongly recommended by the CCFCC. The minimum grade for completion is 70%. There is an exam at the end of each course to ensure students have an understanding of the key learnings.

Certification Exam

You must successfully complete the theoretical exam and the Black Box practical exam to achieve the Certified Chef de Cuisine designation. The black box practical exam is completed over two-days and includes execution of a six course menu for four covers to display your working knowledge of the mandatory skills.

You must pass the theory portion of the exam to move on to the practical portion. These exams are both taken at NAIT. The minimum grade for completion is 70%. For more information, visit

Upon successful completion of the CCFCC exam you will receive a Certified Chef de Cuisine Certificate.


To achieve your CCC designation there are specific steps to follow:

  • Apply to local CCFCC branch
  • Fulfill entrance requirements
  • Complete all four theory courses
  • Fulfill the application requirements to take the CCFCC exam
  • Complete the theoretical and practical portions of the CCFCC exam