With the right combination of ingredients, training and skill, you can create magic in the kitchen and earn 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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Career Opportunities

In just three short years, you’ll be ready to write the Red Seal exam and pursue your career in:

  • Bases and Camps
  • Clubs
  • Hotels
  • Institutions
  • Restaurants

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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


3 years

Dates and Deadlines

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Academic Centre

Centre for Trades


This program is not available for International Students.

Academic requirements
  • 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

Telephone: 1-800-248-4823
Outside of North America: 1-403-476-9757
Fax: 403-381-5795

Ask about the Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship Program. You might discover you’re eligible for a financial award!

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Delivery Formats

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.


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Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS) programs involve one day of training at Lethbridge College per week throughout the length of the program.

Courses include:
  • Bakeshop
  • Butcher shop and cooking proteins
  • Cold kitchen
  • Management controls and nutritional components
  • Pâtisserie
  • Saucier


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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
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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.

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