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1 to 2 years
Red Seal

Chefs are responsible for the preparation and presentation of food in restaurants, hotels, and other businesses. They are more highly trained than regular cooks and their duties include not just cooking but also budgeting, purchasing supplies, hiring staff, and generally making sure that things run smoothly in the kitchen.

Certification Requirements
  • The Chef apprenticeship consists of 2,260 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Apprentices must also complete 360 hours of in-class technical training.
  • Once you have successfully completed the apprenticeship requirements, you receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship and are certified as a journeyperson in the trade.
  • A person with at least 2,620 hours of related work experience and a Certificate of Qualification for the cook trade is eligible to apply for a Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA) and, if successful, becomes certified as a journeyperson in this trade.

Educational Prerequisites
Grade 12 or equivalent, as well as an Interprovincial Certificate of Qualification (Red Seal) in the cook trade and 1 year of work experience.

In-Class Training
Please contact your local apprenticeship office for information on the availability of technical training for this program.