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Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

School

The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.

Credential

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

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a cook. You want to prepare food for hotels, restaurants and other eating establishments. You are passionate about flavour and nutrition and love using ingredients in new and exciting ways.

But you want to learn more, like how to classify meat, fish and poultry and to determine menu costs. Perhaps you want to expand your cooking repertoire to include soups, salads, gravies, vegetables, desserts, sauces, casseroles, pastries and desserts common to the food service industry.

At NAIT, where we’ve been training cook apprentices since 1963, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

Here are some other subjects covered in the Cook apprenticeship program at NAIT:

  • producing wholesome food within required sanitation standards and regulations
  • demonstrating a thorough knowledge of meat cutting, grading and classifications of meat, fish and poultry
  • estimating food and menu costing and portion control
  • using knives and other power tools safely and cleanly

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you enjoy creative challenges and working in a high paced environment, then you’ll enjoy working as a cook.

Cooks often work under pressure in time-sensitive situations. Shift work and working on weekends and holidays is typical.

Training at NAIT

The Cook apprenticeship term is:

  • 3 years (three 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1500 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year
  • See all period descriptions

Cooks train in the well-equipped state-of-the-art Hokanson Centre for Culinary Arts on NAIT Main Campus (11762-106 St NW).

You can expect to spend, on average, 30 hours per week in class and labs.

Enter the workforce with confidence

As a cook, you'll be employed in private and public eating establishments, including hotels, clubs, restaurants, catering companies, cafeterias, institutions, homes, food outlets and sometimes bases and camps. Some jobs are seasonal.

Experienced cooks can become sous-chefs, chefs, executive chefs, banquet managers, food service administrators, general managers or food editors.

You can also pursue the Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) designation, which is the highest level of accreditation for cooks in Canada. As a certified cook, other career options include marketing, media, education, product development, consulting and owning your business.

Resources

Have questions? We've got answers 

For more information about the cook program at NAIT

Email: CUA@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.8678
Fax: 780.471.8914

 



Periods

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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

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Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in kitchen orientation, trade mathematics and management controls, butcher shop, saucier, entrementier, pantry, breakfast, beverages and dairy products, bake shop and value-added products.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided further training in kitchen orientation, trade mathematics and management controls, butcher shop, saucier, entrementier, pantry, breakfast, dairy products and bake shop, as well as nutritional components.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided advanced training in kitchen orientation, trade mathematics and management controls, butcher shop, saucier, entrementier, pantry, breakfast and bake shop, as well as wine, spirits and beers and train-the-trainer.

Period One

  • Tuition $784.00
  • Books & Supplies $1387.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period Two

  • Tuition $784.00
  • Books & Supplies $451.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period Three

  • Tuition $784.00
  • Books & Supplies $457.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

Explore our available Scholarships and Bursaries

Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

Learn more

Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

Learn more

Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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