Prep Cook Certificate

Develop essential workplace skills, safety knowledge and job readiness to launch a career in the food services industry. You will learn to prepare soups, stocks, sauces, sandwiches, cookies and quick breads from highly-experienced, qualified instructors in modern, fully-equipped training facilities. You will be qualified for employment as a prep cook, porter or food service worker in a commercial kitchen, restaurant or resort.


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 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Port Alberni
Starts: TBD
Length: 14 weeks

I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my experience and passion for food and the culinary profession with students, and guide each individual to develop their passion, skills and knowledge into future careers.

Chef Avi Sternberg, NIC culinary instructor

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Program Requirements

PCK-100 Cooking Fundamentals

*OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1

*TFS-010 Foodsafe Level 1

*WSF-019 Orientation to WHMIS Online


*Note: Students not having current, valid First Aid, Foodsafe, and WHMIS are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged.

**Note: In this program, students may participate in field trips to industry specific locations.



Completion Requirements

Students will be required to achieve a minimum C in PCK-100 and will be required to pass all industry certificate courses to achieve program completion requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Funding criteria must be met in order to participate in this program.  To qualify you must be:

          - not a full-time post-secondary student

          - not a high school student

          - not participating in another Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement-funded program

To Apply

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Program Highlights

Be well-prepared for employment. NIC's Prep Cook program is designed to introduce you to the basic skills, safety knowledge and job readiness to launch a career in the food services industry.

The program consists of four months of hands-on training, including industry certifications in Occupational First Aid, FoodSafe and WHMIS. You will learn how to safely operate, clean and maintain common kitchen equipment and become familiar with standard culinary measurements and calculations.

Learn how to prepare basic soups, stocks, sauces, vegetable dishes, salads, sandwiches, cookies and quick breads, applying food safety standards and safe work practices.

The Prep Cook Certificate Program was created in response to demand for entry-level cooks and kitchen workers across the North Island College region and this need is felt in the tourism/hospitality industry across the nation. 

The tourism industry is a strong component of the regional and national economy and as it grows so does the demand for cooks, kitchen helpers and other food service workers.

The program includes 358 hours of instruction and 20 hours of industry certifications to ensure you are well-prepared to work in the culinary industry and provides a solid foundation if you choose to further your studies in NIC's Professional Cook (Culinary Arts) program.