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Institutional Cook
About 3 years
Red Seal

Institutional cooks prepare large quantities of high-quality food by following a budget. They may work in institutions such as retirement homes, hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities. Depending on where these cooks work, they may need to know how to prepare foods for special diets or religious restrictions or how to organize their kitchen to provide several large meals at different times of day.

Certification Requirements
  • The Institutional Cook apprenticeship consists of 3,600 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 4,000 hours of related work experience 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.

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