Professional Cook 1 (Institutional Entry)

Launch your culinary career and expand your skills in well-equipped training facilities, including the Bistro in Campbell River and the Roger Street Bistro in Port Alberni. You’ll learn from highly-experienced, qualified instructors as you develop core culinary skills while earning your Level 1 technical training credit and work-based training hours toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification when you register as an apprentice.

Check out our quick guide to NIC's Culinary programs and watch our new highlight video.

Watch our interview with NIC Culinary instructor Chef Xavier Bauby.


NEW! A one-time funded offering is available starting September 13 in Campbell River and runs 34 weeks. Learn in NIC’s teaching kitchen and Bistro while local chefs provide valuable internship opportunities to launch your career in this exciting trade!

Funding is available to cover the cost of training for qualified applicants. Funding eligibility is reviewed as part of the application process. Application fee for this program has been covered by grant funding. To start your application, click apply now and follow EducationPlannerBC's instructions. When you reach the review and submit screen, click the “I have an approved application fee waiver” radio button and add NIC2021MC in the Waiver Code box to have the application fee waived.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.


Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: Sept 2021 (CR); Jan 2022 (PA)
Length: 28 weeks
Delivery: On-campus, Scheduled

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Since completing NIC’s Professional Cook 1 program, I have worked as a camp cook at Sechart Kayaking Lodge and travelled with Lime’n Food Truck to share my culinary skills at various events such as Salmon Fest, Sunset Market, Ukee Days and more. I’m currently working at NIC’s Roger Street Bistro. It feels like coming home.

Jayla Waddell, NIC Professional Cook 1 alumna

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