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Advanced Certificate in Culinary Arts Northern Lights College - Dawson Creek Campus Northern Lights College - Dawson Creek Campus, Canada

Intake Sep 2024

work permit PG Work Permit

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CAD 14040

Tuition Fee (CAD)

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CAD 100

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12 months


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Program Overview

The Advanced Certificate in Culinary Arts is a 1-year program designed to encompass ITA Levels 1 and 2 of Professional Cook training, with a 30-hour Capstone course at the end. 

Students will perform all phases of kitchen activities including the preparation and presentation of vegetables, soups, sauces, meat, fish and poultry; cold kitchen items; desserts, baking, pastry; basic menu planning/costing as well as knowledge of safety, sanitation and food storage. 

Students will also gain valuable knowledge of customer service which will enable them to become leaders in their field. Level 1 starts in a fully supervised environment, performing basic cooking and food preparation tasks, while the Level 2 environment allows students a partially independent role in performing the same variety of tasks. 

At the end of each course level there is an ITA Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) exam. Upon completion of Professional Cook 1, students will receive 600 hours of work-based training. The remaining 400 of the required 1000 hours can be obtained through employment in any external agency providing food services while taking the Advanced Certificate program. Upon successful completion of Professional Cook 2, students will receive an additional 240 hours of work-based hours. 

Students will only be eligible to write their C of Q for Professional Cook 2 at the completion of their full 1000 work-based training hours.

The Capstone project (30 hours) is designed to demonstrate and be evaluated as a culmination of all things learned throughout the two levels. Activities will include a dining event demonstrating each individual's skill at menu planning, dining setup, dining service, preparing quality food, delivery timing, and dining cleanup.
Successful completion of both levels of Professional Cook studies and exams will result in an ITA Level 2 Professional Cook qualification. With the additional completion of the Capstone project, NLC will award an Advanced Certificate of Culinary Arts. 

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Program Level UG Certificate / Diploma

College/University Processing Time 21

Program Intensity Full-Time

Work Permit work permit PGWP

General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 6.0  Minimum Listening - 6.0  Minimum Reading - 6.0  Minimum Writing - 6.5  Minimum Speaking - 6.0  

Academic Requirement

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diploma or equivalent including the following required course(s):
    • English
      • BC Language Arts 12 Courses - 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
      • BC Language Arts 10 Courses - 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
    • Math
      • BC Math 12 with a minimum final grade of C, or equivalent
      • BC Math 10 with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent

6 IELTS Score
55% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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CAD 100

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11000 Per year

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