Apprenticeship training

Professional cook

Get your Professional Cook Red Seal

Professional cook is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Red Seal program. Earning your Professional Cook Red Seal Endorsement marks you as a skilled worker, opening job opportunities for you across Canada.

UFV offers Levels 1 and 2 of the Professional Cook Apprenticeship program; however, there are a total of three levels to get your Red Seal.

If you are not currently working as a cook, you may consider taking UFV's Culinary Arts Foundation course to gain the entry-level skills needed to secure employment. This 39-week program includes Level 1 and 2 Professional Cook certification as well as practical cooking experience in UFV's cafeteria.

Entrance Requirements

Upcoming schedule

No classes are currently scheduled. Please check back for updates.

Class days/hours

No classes are currently scheduled. 

Please email if you have any questions.

Steps to apply

  1. Submit an online application through the UFV portal for the Professional Cook Apprenticeship program (please note you will apply for apprenticeship but not a specific level as that will be determined in step 2).
  2. You will then receive an email, to the email address you submitted on the application, asking for additional information (level required, ITA #, employer, etc).
  3. You will then be scheduled for the next available intake.

Apprenticeship Tax Credits

If you are enrolled in an apprenticeship program administered through the Industry Training Authority (ITA), you may qualify to receive grants and subsidies.

Please visit the ITA website for more information.

There are also tax credits available for employers sponsoring students through their apprenticeships.

Fees and costs

Cook Apprenticeship
Length 15 weeks
Tuition $775.68 per level
Student Fees $154.08
Total $929.76

Other costs and supplies


  • Level 1: $275
  • Level 2: $70 (approx.)

(List will be provided at time of registration)


  • $15 for a UFV apron (mandatory)
  • Non-slip kitchen shoes


$450 (approx.) or you can bring your own supplies as listed below:

  • Chef's knife 8 - 10"
  • Boning knife 6" minimum
  • Serrated knife 10 - 12"
  • Paring knife 3"
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Rubber spatulas 1 large, 1 small
  • Wooden spoon
  • Wire whip
  • Thermometer
  • Pastry kit: plastic scraper
  • Pastry bags - one 14" & one 20"
  • Assorted pastry tubes, both star and plain
  • Pastry brush (with natural and dark bristles)

*all prices subject to change

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