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Culinary Careers

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College
Behind those tantalizing Instagram photos of food is a chef who creates edible works of art on a daily basis. Become that chef with world-class culinary training in the Culinary Careers program. With exceptional instruction and plenty of hands-on opportunities, our Culinary Careers grads have a record of landing that important first job. As well-planned as a gourmet meal, our fast-paced Culinary Careers program starts you off with restaurant production methods before moving onto sweet and savoury techniques. For the main course, we'll serve up a paid industry placement. And to finish it all off, you'll be immersed in dining-room cuisine in our on-campus Garden Court Restaurant.

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3000 College Drive South
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 2021/08/01 to 2022/07/31*.

  • Tuition $4,516.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,600.00 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.

Educational program information is provided as an introduction and for general reference. For current information about programs and school requirements or policies, check the school calendar, visit their website or contact the school directly.
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