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/002/   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




Credential / Accreditation

Certified 'Journeyman' Papers


3 years

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Academic Centre

Centre for Trades

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:
  • 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  


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Tuition and Fees

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

Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

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