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Institutional Cook

Portage College

Portage College

The Institutional Cook is a unique program that is designed to provide the student with knowledge and trade skills needed for preparing and serving food in commercial and institutional settings. The program consists of two semesters. The first and second semesters are taken in succession; with each semester having a three week practicum at one of the institutional kitchens available to the program. The first semester provides the equivalent to the first year apprenticeship cook training. The student will receive certifcations in National Food Safety, WHMIS and level one First Aid. In the second semester the student will gain knowledge in large quantity food production and the use of bulk cooking methods with specialized equipment. They will be taught office and management skills of the working kitchen. The student will get hands on experience with a six week course, cooking in the lab kitchen at the college. When the student has completed and passed all courses in the Institutional Cook program the graduate will receive their Portage College Institutional Cook certificate.


Box 417, 9531 - 94 Avenue
Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A2C0, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Program Description: Get the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career in the food service industry. Institutional Cook is brand new program that's designed to prepare you to work in commercial and institutional settings. Just two semesters will get you an Institutional Cook certificate and eligibility to write your first year apprenticeship. In addition to all of this you also receive certificates in National Food Safety, WHIMS and First Aid.

The two semesters are taken in succession, with a three week practicum at the end of the second semester. You will learn everything there is to know about large quantity food production and the use of bulk cooking methods with specialized equipment. You'll also be taught office and management skills of the working kitchen.

Entrance Requirements: Successful Trades Exam A or Math 10-3 and English 10-2 - or - pass mark in all five Canadian GED tests. Recommended English 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20, related career and technology studies courses. Must be able to function in Word Processing. Basic computer skills. Knowledge in internet usage and e-mail. Transcript. Recommend that students register as apprentices.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2018/08/01 to 2019/07/31*.

  • Tuition $3,558.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,785.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $720.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated May 18, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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