Cook Apprentice (H601)

Cook Apprentice Program
Chef School
St. James Campus
2 - 5 years
Open enrolment
George Brown College Certificate
Our mission: the delivery of passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals for the urban hospitality and culinary experience. We are anchored in the heart of the Canadian hospitality and culinary industry but with global reach and influence. This is the place for discovering unmatched opportunities for exceptional graduates. A Cook Apprenticeship is a great way to go if you want hands-on learning, lots of flexibility and the freedom to earn while you learn!

Full Program Description


Cook Apprentice

A Cook Apprenticeship is a great way to go if you want hands-on learning, lots of flexibility and the freedom to earn while you learn!

Apprenticeship training is an agreement between a person wishing to learn a skill and an employer who can provide the environment for skills training.

Administered by the Apprenticeship Client Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, an apprenticeship is the best way to continue your journey on a promising career path. Upon completion, apprentices return to industry more confident and with an updated skill set that prepares them for greater job opportunities.

If you already have practical experience as a cook, you can:

  • Build upon your work experience.
  • Experience hands-on training and learn the related theory in an innovative program that fits within your work schedule.
  • Get the qualifications you need without taking a long-term absence from your job.

Cook apprentices learn a skilled occupation by combining in-school courses with paid on-the-job training.

There are two levels of in-school training (H601 and H607) in the Cook Apprenticeship program:

  • Level I: Learn the fundamental culinary skills and theories required to be a cook in a modern kitchen. There will also be a focus on management practices such as kitchen management and business development.
  • Level II: Develop advanced culinary skills, as well as the management practices required to become a leader in the kitchen.

You can earn your official Red Seal certification as a Cook from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development by completing on-the-job and classroom training under the sponsorship of a registered employer.

Part Time Study Options  

We also offer evening and weekend courses in Culinary Arts. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at

Take the first step toward your future.

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF6161 Sanitation, Safety and Equipment
HOSF6143 Basic Nutrition
HOSF6123 Business Development – Basic
HOSF6124 Kitchen Management – Basic
HOSF6125 Food Theory – Basic
HOSF6126 Culinary Techniques – Basic
HOSF6127 Bake Theory
HOSF6128 Techniques of Baking – Basic


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF6133 Business Development – Advanced
HOSF6134 Kitchen Management – Advanced
HOSF6135 Food Theory – Advanced
HOSF6136 Culinary Techniques – Advanced
HOSF6138 Techniques of Baking – Advanced

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

George Brown College has an international reputation for producing talented and creative culinary graduates who are working on the cutting edge of the industry all around the world. Many of our Cook Apprentice graduates have gone on to higher levels of chef certification and prestigious positions in the industry. This program gives you all the preparation you need to write the exam for official Red Seal certification as a Cook from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Once you pass the certification exam, you’ll be ready to begin a rewarding career as a cook in restaurants, hotel dining rooms, cafés, hospitals, clubs and resorts, spas and catering companies.

Tuition and Fees


$678.00* (Classroom fee)

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed is for one level of the program starting in fall 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • You must be registered as an apprentice with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and have a registered employer sponsor.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions

Certain Ontario Academic Credit (OAC), college or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Many courses are also eligible for prior learning assessment, based on your previous education and experiential learning. Please visit for more information.

How Do I Apply to the Program  

You must be registered as a Cook Apprentice with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and have a registered employer sponsor and at least one year of industry experience. You must also have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with credits at or above the general level, or qualify for mature student status.

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Health Policy  

Students should be aware that various allergens including nuts, dairy and shellfish are routinely used in practical labs. Students should also note that George Brown College is sensitive to religious observances; however, while products purchased for production and consumption meet all provincial and federal regulations, they may not meet specific dietary laws related to Halal and Kosher foods.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Contact Brenda Torrens, Program Co-ordinator, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at 416-415-5000, ext.3370.

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For admission requirements and fees, see your local Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (Apprenticeship) office. Visit the Toronto office at 625 Church St. or call 416-326-5800.
For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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