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Pre-Employment Cooking

Portage College

Portage College

Portage College is a public board-governed college operating in northeastern Alberta. With main campuses in Lac La Biche, Cold Lake, and St. Paul, as well as satellite campuses in Boyle, Frog Lake Cree Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, and Whitefish Lake First Nation #128, we offer students across our region local options for quality post-secondary education. Portage prides itself on being able to offer students a more personal touch to their educational journey that larger schools with more students just can’t provide. Instructors and professors have time for you at Portage.

Portage College offers certificate and diploma programs across a number of disciplines like apprenticeship training, education and human services, healthcare, business, college preparation, university transfer, culinary arts, hairstyling, environmental studies, and more. With online options for some programs, we offer students the flexibility they need to complete their education their way.

Satellite Campuses 

Boyle, Frog Lake, Whitefish Lake First Nations #128, Saddle Lake.


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

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

Program Description: Take your first step to a rewarding career in the food service industry! The Pre-Employment Cooking certificate program provides the knowledge, skills and attitude required to give you that extra edge for professional entry into the exciting and dynamic food service industry. Enjoy a  tremendous array of work settings filled with opportunity for up and coming professionals eager to establish a career. This on-site format is a comprehensive training program designed to provide graduates with a solid foundation for a successful career in the culinary arts, equivalent to First Period Apprenticeship cook training. The program includes a combination of theory (both on-line and in-class), demonstration, and hands on practical training. Entrance Requirements: Successful Trades Exam A OR Math 10-3 and English 10-2 OR pass mark in all five Canadian GED tests. (supports entrance requirements outlined in the Alberta Cook Apprenticeship Program, August 2012). Recommended English 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20, Related Career and Technolog Studies courses. Must be able to function in Word Processing. Basic computer skills. Knowledge in internet useage and e-mail. Proof of above (transcripts). Career Investigation Report. May be required to complete one or more of the following tests to accurately assess current academic Students suitability to the program. CAAT-C, Stanine 5 in Reading Comprehension, Total Math. Recommend that students register as apprentices. Software Requirements: Please refer to the following link.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Updated October 20, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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