Program OverviewPrinter Friendly
Centennial College's Culinary Skills program is well-rounded and takes just one year to complete. This college certificate program emphasizes the foundation of culinary skills while sourcing local food products from around Ontario and learning the art of seasonal cooking.
You will learn to prepare exquisite menus and dishes inspired by global food trends and flavours from industry-leading chef faculty. These dedicated instructors will provide you with the learning experience you need to succeed by helping you to understand that a career in the culinary field is fueled by passion and rewarded through skill development.
You will receive hands-on training to master culinary fundamentals, ingredients, food preparation and all of the other skills needed to enter this exciting industry. This training takes place 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 will obtain important industry certifications such as Smart Serve, Safe Food Handlers and CPR, which will increase your employability.
- This Culinary Skills program offers you exclusive experiential learning opportunities in new state-of-the-art kitchens, bake labs, restaurant, a 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 program can transition directly into the Culinary Management diploma program.
It’s Your Shift Training and Awareness Program
The program includes an innovative industry training and awareness certification – It’s Your Shift. The certification equips students with the crucial knowledge and provides current resources focused on sexual harassment prevention and safe practices for intervention as frontline workers or managers. It will support graduates as they enter the hospitality industry to become leaders for the prevention of sexual harassment and contribute to the evolution of safe and welcoming work environments.
The Ocean Wise Program
The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts and The Local Cafe and Restaurant use delicious and ocean-friendly Ocean Wise products. Ocean Wise is a conservation and education program that works with chefs, restaurants and seafood suppliers to help them with sustainable seafood sourcing.
Feast On® Certification
Centennial College's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts has become the first academic institution to receive Feast On® certification for its sourcing of local food and beverage products used in the academic programs, as well as purchased for the school's experiential-learning foodservice operations. Feast On is a certification program established by the Culinary Tourism Alliance that recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario grown and produced food and drink.
Program OutlinePrinter Friendly
|Course Code||Course Title|
|CMBK-102||Baking and Pastry Arts Skills I|
|COMM-160/161||College Communication 1|
|GNED||General Education Elective|
|HTAP-101||Introduction to Computers (Online)|
|HTAP-153||Math for Hospitality|
|HTAP-157||Food Safety, Smart Serve and First Aid|
|ICAM-100||Principles of Nutrition|
|ICAM-105||Theory of Food I|
|Course Code||Course Title|
|COMM-170/171||College Communication 2|
|HOTL-153||Human Resources and Career Skills|
|HOTL-206||Principles of Food, Beverage and Labour Cost Controls|
|HTAP-201||Principles of Hospitality Management|
|ICAM-200||Cuisine and Culture|
|ICAM-205||Culinary Skills II|
|ICAM-206||Restaurant Culinary Operations|
|ICAM-207||Catering Culinary Operations|
Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners
Career Options, Academic Pathways and PartnersPrinter Friendly
Should you wish to continue your education upon successful completion of this Culinary Skills offering, you may apply transfer credits to the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts' two-year Culinary Management program.
After graduation of the Culinary 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.
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Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- 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.
How to Apply
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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 Ontariocolleges.ca. 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 Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca 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 Ontariocolleges.ca.
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 Ontariocolleges.ca.
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 Ontariocolleges.ca 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 my.centennialcollege.ca.
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.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Incidental Fees||Total|