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Cook I (Apprenticeship)

Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
Business and Hospitality
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019
Accelerated Delivery?

About the Program

This 40-week day-release program is designed to provide the apprentice with the fundamental knowledge and techniques of quality food preparation, food safety, an understanding of the complexity of kitchen operations and an appreciation of fine food. Interested candidates should contact the local apprenticeship office directly.

See Apprenticeship - General Information.

Program Information

Length: 40-week Ontario College Certificate program
Location: Waterloo
Start: Varies

Admission Requirements


What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.

Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson

Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.

On-the-Job Experience

Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.

Tuition & Fees

Fees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
Books and parking fees are additional.
Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates will gain the knowledge and applied skills required to continue in the hospitality industry as a cook, kitchen assistant or baker's assistant.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Exemption Testing

Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit:

Program Courses

Course Details (0794)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1810 Business Communications for the Cook

Description: The student will have an opportunity to become familiar with computer software applications currently used in the hospitality industry. Practical experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be emphasized and an opportunity to discover how this software can increase efficiency in business is presented.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2

CUL1230 Culinary and Baking Theory

Description: Through demonstration and lecture the elementary principles of food preparation and baking will be introduced. Students will learn about the kitchen brigade system, tools and equipment, principles of cooking, ingredient identification and the theory behind culinary and baking preparation techniques. This course will also allow the student to enhance their understanding of the culinary arts as a profession.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

CUL1250 Applied Culinary Techniques I

Description: This practical learning lab provides the opportunity for the student to practice and develop the fundamental skills, methods of cookery and presentation of dishes suitable for a variety of food service settings.
The student will be instructed on all the fundamental cooking methods, terms and basic presentation of foods. The student will have ample opportunity to practice knife handling and familiarize themselves with basic kitchen equipment.
Hours: 75
Credits: 4

CUL1265 Applied Baking Techniques I

Description: This learning lab provides the student with an understanding of all practical basic preparation methods and general terminology related to the baking and pastry department. The student will prepare basic pastry, pies, cookie dough, sponges, pudding & meringues.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3

CUL1270 Quantity Food and Dining Room Preparation

Description: Student will learn to prepare, plate and present foods in a professional working kitchen, serving real customers. The course focuses the student to deal with the pressure involved in a high volume, contemporary kitchen environment. Students will rotate through the various areas of the kitchen and have to perform as an effective team member in each area.
Hours: 90
Credits: 5

CUL1290 Nutrition

Description: This course focuses on interpreting the concept of healthy eating through a study of basic nutrition principles and an understanding of the key nutrients, their source and functions. A discussion of current food trends, diet related health issues and modified diets is integrated into the nutrition study.
Hours: 21
Credits: 2

HOSP1350 Sanitation and Safety

Description: In the food service industry, food safety is everyone's job. The necessity and importance of safe food handling practices in food service operations is the primary focus of this course. The following topics will be reviewed: the Ontario Food Premises Regulations, management's food safety responsibilities, the cause and prevention of food-borne illness, temperature control, cleaning and sanitizing, equipment and facility maintenance
Hours: 16
Credits: 1

MGMT1250 Kitchen Management I

Description: Upon completion of this course, the student will understand and be able to apply purchasing, storage, and cost control techniques to a food service operation. Essential cost control calculations and topics such as menu pricing, cost of food sold, menu analysis, yield factors, and a short section on financial statements are included.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2

Program Objectives

Program Handbook


Apprenticeship Registration

Apprenticeship registration occurs after an employer is found. To register as an apprentice you or your employer may call the local Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099 or email to to request registration and have an agreement prepared. Once you have registered as an apprentice and have received your offer of classroom training, you will be required to confirm your seat with Conestoga College and pay the appropriate classroom fee. Apprentices are enrolled to class on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades Information about apprenticeship registration can also be found on the Ministry website at Another helpful website is
For more information on apprenticeship, call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656 or the local Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.



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