Culinary Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship

Culinary Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship (2016-2017)

Apprenticeship Info

Program Code



Program Length

Four semesters, beginning in September and January


Contact Information

Shonah Chalmers
program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4479


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters was
– domestic $5,062.51
(Includes uniforms and lab fees.)
Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

$100 – safety shoes; $400 – knife tool kit; $300 – textbooks, manuals (for two semesters).


Start DatesAvailability
2016 JanuaryClosed
2016 SeptemberOpen
2017 JanuaryOpen

Admission Requirements

This apprenticeship is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades.

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
• Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
• Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCV4U or MHF4U)
• Two additional Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above

Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application.

Note: Applicants with previous industry and/or related educational experience should apply for prior learning assessment and recognition exemptions.

Additional Requirements

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 which are mandatory for successful completion of the course.

It is mandatory to wear a Humber-issued chef uniform in practical lab classes in this program. Admittance to these classes is not permitted if you are not in uniform. The cost of the uniform has been added to the first semester tuition fees. In order for the uniform to be available for the first day of class, students must submit their size requirements via an online order form. For more information and to submit your uniform order, visit School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism.

Our Program

Note: If you are interested in the Culinary Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program, you should apply to Humber’s two-year Culinary Management diploma program. When you begin the program, you will have the opportunity to register as an apprentice and navigate through the program as per the description on this page. Apprentice registration is limited to the first 24 students who identify themselves to the Culinary Management program co-ordinator.

Our expert chef faculty teach industry-current curriculum, ensuring you acquire the most up-to-date theoretical and practical skills in food preparation and presentation. Through classroom learning, hands-on work in the on-campus culinary labs and the opportunity to train in a real kitchen environment, you will learn how to prepare fine international, contemporary and Canadian cuisine. You will also become proficient in nutrition, product management, menu planning, purchasing, costing and the supervision of kitchen staff.

List of Courses

Apprenticeship Info

Your Career

The $54-billion food-service industry is a large and innovative slice of the Canadian economy. As one of Canada’s largest overall employers, the industry is always looking for skilled workers, especially well-trained, creative chefs. Graduates work in hotels, restaurants, catering and product development kitchens, to name just a few.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Graduates receive a Culinary Management diploma, plus Basic and Advanced in-school apprenticeship certificates in the trade of cook.

Qualified students have the opportunity to earn certification in Food Service, Sanitation and Safety as a part of their curriculum.

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 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.

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 them 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 kitchens include a dedicated butchery and charcuterie lab, small-quantity multi-purpose kitchens, The Humber Room restaurant kitchen 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 experience. A $1 million renovation, to enhance the student’s learning experience, was completed in the summer of 2013.

Wine Tasting and Demonstration Lab
The wine tasting and demonstration lab is equipped with its own wine cellar/cooler, a demonstration induction cooking unit, glassware racks, and storage and washing equipment. It is here that you will be introduced to the intricacies of food and wine pairing.

Work Placement

After the first two semesters, the balance of the program is a combination of in-school and on-the-job experience. Humber assists students in finding the right employer for the work placement (which may be paid or unpaid) and to qualify for employment insurance benefits for some of their semesters.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates can apply to Humber’s Food and Nutrition Management diploma program 14151 and will receive credit for the first semester of study.

Qualified graduates can apply to the Culinary Institute of Canada at Holland College in Prince Edward Island, where they can complete two years of study and earn an applied degree in Culinary Operations.


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