If you have an interest in preparing food, possess a keen sense of taste and smell, and are employed in the industry, you have all the ingredients for a Red Seal designation – combine them in the Cook Apprenticeship program. This three-year apprenticeship allows you to pursue your education while continuing to earn an income.

Delivered through the Weekly Apprenticeship Training System (WATS), the Cook Apprenticeship prepare you for Red Seal designation. 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:

  • restaurants
  • clubs
  • institutions
  • hotels
  • bases and camps

https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/trades-occupations/profiles/018/   Cook

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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

At-a-Glance

Starts-in

August

Credential / Accreditation

Certified 'Journeyman' Papers

Duration

3 years

Application Deadlines

Visit the Program Application Status page for more details.

Program Availability

View the program availability for the upcoming intakes.

Academic Centre

Centre for Trades

Admissions

 

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.

Please note: You must be a registered apprentice to apply for this program. Information on how to become a registered apprentice is available on the Alberta Government's website.

Additional information on apprenticeship and industry training is available on Alberta's Tradesecrets website.


Admission

You can apply for apprenticeship and industry training through MyTradesecrets.


To arrange a tour, call 403-320-3322 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.

Blended

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.

Hyflex

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.

Courses

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

View the full course outline for the Cook – WATS Apprenticeship.

New Apprentice Orientation Booklet  

MyTradesecrets

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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$899.00
$201.25
$361.75
Year 2
$899.00
$201.25
$152.60
Year 3
$899.00
$201.25
$165.50
Notes

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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