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Culinary Careers

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College
Do you enjoy a fast paced social environment? Get on the fast track to a successful and exciting vocation with our Culinary Careers diploma. With a compressed academic schedule, you can earn your diploma in 16 months and get started on your career path faster. Starting with a foundation in culinary skills and sanitation and safety, you will move through a comprehensive curriculum that lets you learn in a fast, real world environment. You will prepare meals for real customers and demonstrate your new found skills in practical exercises. This program is designed to provide you with a comprehensive, practical skill base in the concepts of professional cooking, some techniques in menu creation and dining room cuisine. Our hands-on approach provides you with the knowledge you will need to gain successful employment in the food service/hospitality industry. Training is comprised of four 16-week sections as follows:  Dining Room Cuisine  Introduction and Restaurant Production Techniques  Paid Industry Placement  Sweet and Savoury Techniques We provide a flexible approach to start dates for your dining room cuisine term, giving you the opportunity to derive the greatest benefits possible from your paid industry placement experience. With this combination of classroom theory and extensive hands-on experience, it's no surprise that the Lethbridge College Culinary Careers graduates have achieved a 100% employment rate.

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Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements: All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admissions section of the calendar.

Academic Requirements: Applicants to this program do not require a high school diploma; however, they must satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies): Grade 10 English, Grade 10 Math.

Non-Academic Requirements: All students in the Culinary Careers diploma program must follow the sanitation, hygiene and safety practices standard to the industry and present themselves in the following condition whenever entering any of the food service labs: Students must be clean shaven (moustaches are acceptable), hair must be clean and controlled. Students wear a white uniform, chef hat, apron, and approved footwear.

Practicum Experience Requirements: There is a required practicum component to this program. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

Medical Requirements: It is strongly recommended that applicants update or complete a personal medical profile and their immunization records prior to entry into the program and employment. Applicants may be asked to complete a follow-up medical at the discretion of the College Health Centre. 

Note: Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparatory Program to upgrade for your program.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.

Application Deadline

New students are accepted into the Culinary Careers program for the Fall (September) term with a late August program start date. New students are also accepted in the Winter (January) term.

Important Notes:

  1. Diploma students are eligible to apply and write (for a fee) their government apprenticeship exams after Year 1 and Year 2 respectively. This will lead them to qualify to apply and continue on into their third year apprenticeship with the option to write their Red Seal examination when their apprenticeship has been successfully completed.
  2. Please be advised that the Culinary Careers program start and end dates, as well as exams, fall outside of the dates found in the Academic Schedule.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2020/08/01 to 2021/07/31*.

  • Tuition $3,789.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,247.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $900.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid 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

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

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

Updated January 29, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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