About the Program
The Pre-Apprenticeship Cook program is a 160-day multi-disciplinary program that aims to give students the skills, knowledge, and confidence required to enter into an Apprenticeship in the Cook trade. Strong emphasis on safety, including the WSCC 'Go Safe’, First Aid certifications, and a Food safety course prepare students as they complete the Level 1 Cook Apprenticeship theory. The Apprenticeship Cook Theory courses in Nunavut are equivalent with the Alberta Apprenticeship Level 1 Theory.
Food Safety, Introduction to food principles, and Trades-related Math, Science and English form a significant part of the curriculum. From preparation, to cooking, to serving, students will gain preliminary knowledge of many different types of cuisines.
Pre-Apprenticeship programs integrate Guiding Principles of Inuit Qaujimaningit and recognize the value of collaborative learning environments unique to Nunavut.
Graduates will be offered the opportunity to challenge the Apprenticeship Cook Level 1 exam.
Length of Program
Applicants wishing to apply to this program must have the following:
- High School Diploma or GED equivalency with a minimum of English 20-2, Math 20-3, and Science 10. Courses including English 30-2, Math 30-3, and Physics 30, Chemistry 30, or Science 30 and Related Career and Technology Studies are highly recommended.
Or, as a mature student;
- must be 19 years of age or older and have been out of school for at least one school year. All applicants must successfully pass the Nunavut Arctic College Trades Placement Exam with a score of 70% or higher.
August 5, 2016 for ALTS funding
Record of Achievement
Pre-Apprenticeship Cook Certificate, Nunavut Arctic College
Credit Transfer Opportunities
Graduates of the Pre-Apprenticeship Cook program may be eligible to transfer up to 240 hours towards an approved Apprenticeship program through the Department of Family Services.
Graduates have a wide range of employment opportunities in the trades available to them in both the public and private sectors. The Department of Education works closely with private businesses and Government sectors in finding placements for graduates of this program. Cooks may find employment in restaurants, hospitals, mining/construction camps, schools, and numerous other places where food is produced.