With the right combination of ingredients, training and skill, you can create magic in the kitchen and a Red Seal designation. The recipe for success in the Cook Apprenticeship program starts with your enthusiasm and desire to achieve. We'll supply the experience you need to keep your three-year apprenticeship on track as you pursue your education while continuing to earn an income.
Delivered through the Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS), the Cook Apprenticeship prepares you for Red Seal designation through observation, practice and study. One day a week is spent in class, expanding your expertise and gaining technical training vital to your culinary career. For the rest of the week, you'll be putting what you've learned into practice on the job.
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In just three short years, you’ll be ready to write the Red Seal exam and pursue your career in:
- Bases and Camps
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the number of days per week you’ll be on campus receiving technical training, spending the rest of the week learning on-the-job
Red Seal designation
awaits you at the end of your three-year apprenticeship
3 years to complete
the Cook Apprenticeship through the weekly apprenticeship training system
Credential / Accreditation
Certified 'Journeyman' Papers
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This program is not available for International Students.
- Successful completion of English 10-2, Math 10-3, or a pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests, or entrance exam.
- English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20, and related career and technology studies courses are recommended.
Additional information on apprenticeship and industry training is available on Alberta's Tradesecrets website.
You can apply for apprenticeship and industry training through MyTradesecrets.
To arrange a tour, call 403-320-3366 or toll-free 1-800-572-0103.
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board
Provincial Building, Room 280
200 - 5th Avenue South
Lethbridge AB T1J 4C7
Outside of North America: 1-403-476-9757
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The Cook Apprenticeship program is delivered through the Weekly Apprenticeship Training system on campus but may have some blended and hyflex components.
This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.
This program is offered both on-campus and online; lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.
Weekly Apprenticeship Training System
The Weekly Apprenticeship Training System involves one day of training per week at Lethbridge College throughout the length of the program. For the rest of the week, you’ll be on the job learning from your employer.
Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS) programs involve one day of training at Lethbridge College per week throughout the length of the program.
- Butcher shop and cooking proteins
- Management controls and nutritional components
- Cold kitchen
Tuition and Fees
Costs for books/supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their books/supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
Carolyn van Schothorst
“The three years of culinary school were a great experience. The challenges presented to me by both the program, as well as my instructor, Chef Doug, have really helped shape me into the chef I aspire to be.”
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