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Available at: Kingston


This program includes all of the in-school training requirements to complete the Cook Apprenticeship Program, as defined by the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. This program is open only to employees who are currently working in the industry, have been sponsored by their employer as a registered cook apprentice and who are working towards obtaining their Provincial Certificate of Qualification.

Apprenticeship training is recognized as one of the most efficient methods of training and educating skilled trades persons. Flexible in-school training options are necessary to meet the specific needs of apprentices and their training sponsor or employer. Apprentices learn to become qualified tradespeople or “journeypersons” while sponsors or employers gain highly skilled employees with current knowledge and work techniques. This program is not open to International students. This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

This program is not open to International students. 

This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

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Training Allowances

During in-school instruction, the apprentice may qualify for E.I. Benefits for living allowances and travel expenses provided for by Service Canada. For more information please contact the nearest Service Canada office in your area.

Career Opportunities

Culinary professionals are in high demand across Canada and around the world. You can find employment wherever food is prepared: restaurants, hotels and resorts, camps and remote sites, catering, institutional food services and product development kitchens. 

Essence Dining Room

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Students embrace real-life learning by running Essence, an on-campus restaurant. Enjoy great foods from around the world at fantastic prices at Essence Dining Room, operated by students on the Kingston campus. Enjoy three-course lunches or five-course dinners. Open to students, staff and the general public. This culinary teaching environment benefits our students immensely by giving them hands-on experience. Click here to learn more about Essence.

Program Name


Program Code



Certificate of Apprenticeship C. of Q.

Start Dates


Program Duration

Day Release Delivery format (2.5 days/week)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

The apprentice will be required to pay classroom and administrative fees. Please contact the Skilled Trades Office 613-544-5400, ext. 1376 or toll-free 1-866-826-3338. Additional fees for Certification in WHMIS, Food Safety and CPR/First Aid are additional costs to the registered apprentice.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

Knife Kit: College Approved $450.00 - $500.00
Text book: $150.00 - $175.00 Professional Cooking For Canadian Chefs 8th Edition with Wiley Plus
Cooks uniform: $150.00 Can use employers cooks uniform: Must be a White Chef Jacket

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Assistant Cook Level 1 (Prerequisite: Course Code:0439)

Semester III
COOK 6 Advanced Culinary Techniques

Semester IV
COOK 5  Advanced Bake Techniques
COOK 6 Advanced Culinary Techniques
COOK 7 Advanced Food Theory
COOK 8 Advanced Business Development
COOK 9 Advanced Kitchen Management

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    The apprentice must be currently:



    Health Requirements


    I've always had a passion for good food and wanted to learn to make nice meals for those special people in my life. It's just one way I show my love.

    In fairly recent times, I received the opportunity to do so and am now entering my second year in the Cook Apprenticeship (Advanced) at St. Lawrence College.

    The program itself is excellent and comes with Chef Instructors with impeccable credentials who make learning fun.

    It is with their knowledge that I'm on the journey to success in the Culinary Field and am happy to recommend this program to anyone who may be contemplating entering the industry.

    Charlie Mercieca

    Program Contact

    Chef Richard Hendy

    Chef Leslie Leacy

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

    Additional Information

    70% of instruction occurs in the training kitchens with hands-on direction from senior chef professors. Apprentices learn the skills needed for career success and advancement. Ingredients and menu selections are comparable to those used in finer restaurants, hotels and resort establishments. St. Lawrence College provides the academic training, in cooperation with the Apprenticeship and Client Services Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

    How to Prepare

    How to Start

    Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Ministry Website


    Apprenticeship Incentive Grants ($4000.00) Incentive Grant Website


    Employer Tax Credits Job Creation Tax Credit for Employers


    College of Trades College of Trades Website


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    Contact your local office of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development:

    299 Concession Street, Suite 201,
    Kingston, Ontario,
    K7K 2B9
    Tel: 613-548-1151
    or 1-866-973-4043
    Fax: 613-548-4120

    135 North Front St
    Belleville, Ontario, 
    K8P 3B5
    Tel: 613-968-5558 
    or 1-800-953-6885 
    Fax: 613-968-2364

    132 Second Street East, Suite 202,
    Cornwall, Ontario,
    K6H 1Y4
    Tel: 613-938-9702
    or 1-877-668-6604
    Fax: 613-938-6627 

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