Cook (Cuisine) Apprenticeship

Cook (Cuisine) Apprenticeship (2016-2017)

Apprenticeship Info

Program Code



Program Length

September start (Day Release): Attend classes two days per week for 30 weeks
     Basic Level 1: Monday and Tuesday
     Advanced Level 2: Wednesday and Thursday

Contact your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) for start dates.


Contact Information

Michael Teune
program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 5158


The 2016/2017 fee for this program is
– basic $600
– advanced $600.
Fees are subject to change.

$400 – textbooks; $160 – uniforms; $100 – safety shoes.

Admission Requirements

This apprenticeship is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades. You and your employer are required to register through your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).

Several government services, such as Job Connect or your local Employment Ontario office, can help you get started in the more than 150 skilled trades that can be learned through apprenticeship training.

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You will be scheduled for the in-school portion of training by MAESD. Apprentices who have been scheduled for the in-school training will be sent an Offer of Classroom Training letter from the MAESD.



Recommended Preparation
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
• Grade 12 C or U English or equivalent
• Grade 12 C Mathematics or equivalent

For Peel Region, please contact:
MAESD – Apprenticeship Branch
The Emerald Centre
10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle, Suite 404
Mississauga, ON L5R 3K6
905.279.7333 or 800.736.7332

On June 13, 2016, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Both names may appear on this website.

Our Program

Humber’s Cook (Cuisine) Apprenticeship certificate program provides the fundamentals of menu planning, costing, wine appreciation, butchery, gardemanger and charcuterie, nutrition, baking, purchasing, and product management. We teach you about supervising kitchen staff to set you up for a successful career in a balanced program of theory and practical classes. The apprenticeship component allows you to study and work at the same time – earn while you learn.

Humber is home to the Ontario Cook Apprenticeship Training Centre, the largest training centre for cook apprentices in the province. The centre has been instrumental in the design of all of the province’s post-Red Seal cook apprentice curriculum. Humber’s apprenticeship curriculum is flexible and innovative while following the standards set by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).

Note: This program follows professional industry standards for decorum, uniform, hygiene and personal presentation. Practical courses, which take place in a lab, have strict uniform and attendance standards and policies that are mandatory for successful completion of the course.

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List of Courses

Apprenticeship Info

Your Career

The demand for passionate, well-trained chefs around the world is constant, and with more than 7,000 restaurants reflecting a wide variety of cultures and cuisines, Toronto is the ideal place to launch your culinary career. The creative culinary skills you’ll gain at Humber put you in high demand in hotels, restaurants, clubs, resorts, hospitals, corporate settings and more. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you’ll be inspired by the variety of establishments you can own. Food service is a constantly evolving industry that has never been more in the spotlight, and our cook apprenticeship program is your gateway.

Our Industry Partnerships

The School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism has more than 700 industry partners. Partners provide funding for capital projects (labs, etc.), provide work placements for students, donate more than $60,000 in awards and scholarships, and employ our students upon graduation.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Upon successful completion of the basic and advanced programs, graduates have the necessary knowledge to take the national Red Seal for the Journeyman Cook exam with the Ontario MTCU. After one year post-Red Seal, an apprentice may enrol in the Chef Program with the MAESD and challenge a practical exam for the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCF) designation, Certified Working Chef. After four to five years, graduates may enrol in the Certified Chef de Cuisine program, also offered at Humber under the regulation of the CCF.

Humber’s culinary and pastry programs have been awarded international recognition from the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program, for meeting or exceeding the WACS standards of quality culinary education.

Our Facilities

Humber is home to the Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts & Science, Canada’s leading centre of excellence in culinary education, apprenticeship training, and culinary research and development.

Kitchen Lab Facilities
Humber’s dedicated kitchen labs comprise the most modern facilities in the world. Among the seven on-campus labs are the award-winning Compass Group Canada culinary demonstration theatre and kitchen lab, and the Garland and Mandarin induction cooking labs, all of which feature a high-tech exhaust system, a theatre-style seating area, a cooking demonstration area and liquid crystal display (LCD) screen TVs. Other labs include a dedicated butchery and charcuterie lab, small-quantity multi-purpose kitchens, the kitchens of The Humber Room restaurant and two dedicated baking and pastry labs.

On-Campus Restaurant Training Facility
The Humber Room is an on-campus full-service restaurant, where lunches and dinners are prepared by students studying in a culinary program, and service is provided by students in a hospitality program. The restaurant is open to the public during the regular school semesters, providing our students with real-world restaurant experience. A $1 million renovation, to enhance the student’s learning experience, was completed in the summer of 2013.


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