Culinary Skills-Cook II Apprenticeship

Program: CKAP
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: Apprentice Placement
Length: 720 hours
Effective: Fall 2024
Location: Barrie, Owen Sound


Graduates of Culinary Skills - Cook II Apprenticeship are able to work in a range of specialized, fast-paced hospitality and food service establishments. They work in accordance with relevant industry, organization and legal standards and regulations, as well as industry best practices for health, safety, sanitation, quality assurance and customer service.

Cook is a trade regulated by the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. Qualified individuals may obtain a Certificate of Qualification, which confirms its holder has the skills, knowledge and experience that meet industry standards of practice for the trade.

Career Opportunities

Cooks prepare and cook a wide variety of foods. Graduates may be employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, educational institutions and other establishments. They may also employed aboard ships and at construction and logging campsites.

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following positions:

  • First cook
  • Second cook
  • Entrementier
  • Saucier
  • Poissonier
  • Garde Manger
  • Butcher
  • Rotisseur
  • Tournant
  • Chef de Partie
  • Pastry chef
  • Institutional cook
  • Sous chef
  • Kitchen manager
  • Head chef
  • Executive chef

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. provide fundamental culinary preparation and presentation for a variety of food service environments using a range of classical and contemporary techniques;
  2. apply basic food and bake science to food preparation to create a desired end product;
  3. contribute to and monitor adherence of others to the provision of a well-maintained kitchen environment and to the service of food and beverage products that are free from harmful bacteria or other contaminants, adhering to health, safety, sanitation and food handling regulations;
  4. ensure the safe operation of the kitchen and all aspects of food preparation to promote healthy work spaces and the responsible, efficient use of resources;
  5. support the development of menu options that reflect knowledge of nutrition and food ingredients, promote general health and well-being, respond to a range of nutritional needs and preferences and address modifications for special diets, food allergies and intolerances, as required;
  6. apply fundamental business principles and recognized industry costing and control practices to food service operations to promote a fiscally responsible operation;
  7. apply basic knowledge of sustainability, ethical and local food sourcing, and food security to food preparation and kitchen management, recognizing the potential impacts on food production, consumer choice and operations within the food service industry;
  8. use technology, including contemporary kitchen equipment, for food production and promotion;
  9. perform effectively as a member of a food and beverage preparation and service team and contribute to the success of a food-service operation by applying self-management and interpersonal skills;
  10. develop strategies for continuous personal and professional learning to ensure currency with and responsiveness.

External Recognition

Upon successful completion of their in-school training, apprentices must complete the remainder of the required skills outlined in the Training Standard Log Book to qualify for their Apprenticeship Certificate. Thereafter, they are eligible to write their Certificate of Qualifications exam. Graduates may be able to receive credit toward further education in related post secondary diploma, advanced diploma, or degree programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, mature student status
  • Prospective students must be registered Apprentices with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Additional Information

An apprenticeship involves practical training provided on-the-job by a skilled worker, or trainer. The skills or competencies to be developed are set out by the trade’s apprenticeship training standard and are recognized by the industry as being essential to the practice of the trade.

As these essential skills are developed, the apprentice’s sponsor or trainer signs the relevant sections of the training standard to indicate that the apprentice has met the individual training objectives by demonstrating the skills required of a skilled worker, or journeyperson, in the trade.

To advance to Level 2 of the apprenticeship program, an individual must have completed all of the units outlined in Level 1.

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete both levels to receive a certificate.

  • Cook Apprentice Level 1 - Basic (CKAB)  
  • Cook Apprentice Level 2 - Advanced (CKAA) 

Graduation Eligibility

Students must successfully complete all required courses as noted below. Further details, if applicable, are noted under "Additional Information" above.

Program Tracking

Level 1 - Basic (CKAB)

Plan of Study Grid
Program CoursesHours
CKAB 1008 Workplace and Food Safety Practices 15
CKAB 1009 Basic Nutrition 15
CKAB 1010 Culinary Business Practices 45
CKAB 1011 Food Theory - Basic 60
CKAB 1012 Culinary Techniques - Basic 165
CKAB 1013 Bake Theory 15
CKAB 1014 Baking Techniques - Basic 45
 Total Hours360

Level 2 - Advanced (CKAA)

Plan of Study Grid
Program CoursesHours
CKAA 1006 Menu Planning 15
CKAA 1007 Culinary Business Mgmt 60
CKAA 1008 Food Theory - Advanced 39
CKAA 1009 Culinary Techniques - Advanced 201
CKAA 1010 Baking Techniques - Advanced 45
 Total Hours360

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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