Culinary Skills - Chef Training

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Program Code: 1812

School: School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2569

Centennial College's Culinary Skills - Chef Training program is well rounded but takes just one year to complete. During that time, the program emphasizes sourcing local food products from around Ontario and learning the art of seasonal cooking.

In your Chef Training courses you learn to prepare exquisite menus and dishes inspired by global food trends and flavours from industry-leading chef faculty. These dedicated instructors provide you with the learning experience you need to succeed by helping you to understand that a career in the culinary field is fuelled by passion and rewarded through skill development.

You receive hands-on training to master culinary fundamentals, ingredients, food preparation and all of the other skills needed in this exciting industry. This training occurs in culinary labs, including Centennial College's cafe, restaurant and event centre to ensure you hone your skills before entering the workplace.

Upon successful program completion, you obtain important industry certifications such as Smart Serve, Safe Food Handlers and CPR, which will increase your employability.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
HTAP-101 Introduction to Computers Progress Campus
HTAP-153 Practical Math for Hospitality Progress Campus
HTAP-157 Basic Food Safety Training, Smart Serve, First Aid/CPR Progress Campus
ICAM-100 Principles of Nutrition I Progress Campus
ICAM-101 Culinary Skills Fundamentals - Basic Progress Campus
ICAM-102 Baking Pastry Principles and Practices Progress Campus
ICAM-105 Theory of Food - Basic Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Progress Campus
HOTL-153 Human Resources Progress Campus
HOTL-206 Principles of Food, Beverage and Labour Cost Controls Progress Campus
HTAP-201 Principles of Hospitality Management Progress Campus
ICAM-200 Cuisine and Culture Progress Campus
ICAM-205 Theory of Food - Advanced Progress Campus
ICAM-206 Restaurant Culinary Operations - Advanced Progress Campus
ICAM-207 Catering Culinary Operations Progress Campus

Program Highlights

  • This Culinary Skills - Chef Training program offers you exclusive experiential learning opportunities in new state-of-the-art kitchens, bake labs, restaurant, cafe and event centre.
  • You learn from instructors who have years of industry experience.
  • The hands-on practice in a range of settings ensures you are prepared for multiple facets of the industry.
  • Graduates of the Culinary Skills - Chef Training program can transition directly into the Culinary Management diploma program 

Educational Partners

Should you wish to continue your education upon successful completion of this Chef Training offering, you may apply transfer credits to the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts' two-year Culinary Management program.

After graduation of the Culianry Management program students can articulate directly to the Bachelor of Hospitality Management program at Vancouver Island University, allowing you to also complete a degree in an additional 2 years.  //

Career Outlook

  • Baker
  • Cook
  • Caterer
  • Kitchen Manager

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

After successfully completing this program, you may enter the third semester of the Culinary Management program.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,850.00 $1,580.00 $4,430.00
International $12,772.00 $2,140.00 $14,912.00