Culinary Skills

Culinary Skills

Immerse yourself in the fast-paced world of the commercial kitchen and get the skills you need to start your cooking career.

Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2018 Akerley Campus • Dartmouth  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Learn the key skills you need to launch a culinary career. This one-year Culinary Skills certificate prepares you for work as an apprentice commercial cook and gives you a pathway to becoming a professional chef.

Develop a passion for food and an appreciation for current culinary concepts and nutrition including:

  • Basic cooking principles
  • Food preparation
  • Food culture and tradition
  • International cooking techniques
  • Farm-to-table food sourcing
  • Food cost control
  • Culinary history
  • Recipe management

You spend most of your time in the campus restaurant where you put the theories you learn to test in a real, commercial kitchen.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • NSCC is proud of our strong working relationship with Sobeys. Each campus with this program is a Sobeys Culinary Centre.
  • Learn from the best – our instructors have a long tradition of success in the culinary industry and have worked around the world.
  • This program was designed and is responsive to industry's needs and demands, ensuring your skills are current and relevant.
  • Take the first step on the path towards Journeyperson Certification in the Cook trade. Graduates of this program will be eligible for transfer credit upon registration in the Provincial Apprenticeship Program to continue your career path.

Employment Opportunities

  • Nova Scotia is experiencing a shortage of skilled cooks. Entry-level employment opportunities exist in a wide range of areas, including:
    • Hotels and resorts
    • Institutional settings
    • Cafeterias
    • Catering
    • Cruise ships
    • Private clubs
    • Restaurants
  • Canadian Armed Forces have cooking-related opportunities, and graduates may qualify for advanced standing and be hired through direct entry.

Other Info

  • Culinary Management – Students who complete the Culinary Skills certificate may apply for second year entry into Culinary Management.
    • Only a limited number of seats are available. If you're accepted into the program, you must complete a mandatory co-operative education (Co-op) credit course before starting. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) – in a field related to your program – between your first and second year.
  • Ship's Cook Certification Training – enrol at Strait Area Campus and add to your skillset with this Transport-Canada approved certification that prepares you for an in-demand culinary career at sea.
  • Canadian Armed Forces Options – If enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Education Plan, your tuition fees, books and academic equipment will be paid by the military, in addition to receiving a salary and benefits while attending NSCC.
  • Seminars and Certifications – You're required to complete industry seminars and certifications, including Basic Food Safety Training (Basic.fst) and Emergency First Aid & CPR – Level A
  • Red Seal – Cook is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.

Next Steps

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