Professional Chef Diploma

Study to Become a Professional Chef in Canada

The title Chef encompasses so many different things.  While it almost certainly means you can cook and amazing it, a Chef is also a leader, a manager and a creative force of knowledge, technique and skill. Our Professional Chef Diploma Program is designed to teach you what you’ll need to know, from knife skills to managing the business side of your kitchen, so you can take the first steps in your career to achieve your culinary goals. Please Note: this program is only offered to students who meet the program requirements and have successfully passed our mid-term evaluations.

  • 1160 Instructional Hours, Full-Time Diploma Program
  • 54 Weeks or approximately 12 Months
  • Average Instruction Hours Per Week: 21.48
  • Total Breaks: 13 Weeks | Total Duration: 67 Weeks
  • Intakes: Jan, Mar & Sept
  • Maximum Student to Chef Instructor ratio: 12:1
  • Lifetime Skills Refresher & Employment  Assistance

Professional Chef Program Overview

Our professional chef diploma program teaches you the technical, financial, managerial and creative skills required to begin on your path to becoming a professional Chef.  While completing a diploma program won’t mean walking out of Culinary School and into a high-profile job; through training, theory, practical classes, project and exposure to real life work experiences, you’ll be well on your way when you leave our campus.

Our Professional Chef Diploma Program spans three terms, including the topics listed below.  The first two terms of the program are based on a modular learning system, which allows students to learn in a building block style approach.  Each topic you learn will build on the next, giving you a step by step understanding of each new section of the program.  Each module will be comprised of  5 hours per day; 2 of which will be theory presented in the classroom and 3 of which are hands-on in our student kitchen.

During the third term of your program, you’ll take the skills you’ve learned and truly flourish as Chef.  The final term is about learning how to take your technical skills and combine them with leadership, creativity, and a good business sense so that you can not only cook something amazing, but you can manage a kitchen and everything that comes with it.

Each of our programs also include career development, resume writing and portfolio development, along with job search assistance and any necessary certifications to get you started on your career path sooner.  Our Professional Chef Diploma Program  includes: a Basic Food Safety Certification Test, as well as WHIMIS and Smart Serve Certifications.

Term One & Two

  • Culinary Essentials
  • Knife Skills & Kitchen Organization
  • Soups, Sauces & Stock
  • Vegetable & Starch
  • Salads & Dressings
  • Breakfast & Dairy Preparation
  • Sandwiches & Hors D’oeuvres
  • Meat & Game Cookery
  • Poultry & Game Bird Cookery
  • Fish & Shellfish Cookery
  • Bakeshop
  • Certification Included: Food Safety Training Certification

Term Three

  • Menu Development
  • Food Purchasing & Cost Controls
  • Advanced Cookery
  • Wine & Food Pairing
  • Beverage Service
  • Food & Culture
  • Restaurant Operations
  • Culinary Skills Presentation
  • Live Venue Restaurant Cookery
  • WHIMIS Certification
  • Smart Serve Certification

Tuition Costs

Below you’ll find our tuition rates.  Our rates are the same for both international and domestic students.  If you’d like to view our tuition information on the government website, you can view it by visiting the Service Ontario Website.  If you’d like more information about our tuition, or would like to view a comparison chart, click here for our full tuition information.

Program Weeks Hours Tuition
Professional Chef 54 1160 $13,950
Sous Chef 37 675 $7,950


Compulsory fees include: Book fees, Expandable Supplies and Equipment.

Admission Requirements

Please review our admission requirements and make sure you meet them before completing your application.  If you have any questions regarding any step of the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us for clarification or assistance.

To Qualify You Must:

  • Have graduated from senior/ secondary school or equivalent
  • Be 18 years of age or older by the program start date
  • Pay the $500 Non-Refundable Registration Fee
  • Provide proof of English proficiency, if English is not an official language in your country
  • Achieve a passing grade on the Admissions Test

Language Proficiency Requirements

A strong understanding of the English language is essential to your success at the Culinary Arts School of Ontario. All of our classes are taught in English, and all of our textbooks and required reading materials are written in English as well, so it’s important you can speak, read and write English well enough to understand our programs. If English is not your first language, one of the following assessments will be used to make sure you meet our language requirements:

  • International students applying from inside Canada or a country where English is recognized as an official language, do not need to submit an English proficiency Instead, we will review your results in the English skills portion of our Admissions Test that is administered to all applicants. After you apply to the Culinary Arts School of Ontario, we will send you further information on this testing procedure.
  • English Proficiency for international students applying from a country where English is not one of the official languages:


Language Requirements by Program

Sous Chef Diploma Program Professional Chef Diploma Program
MELAB Score of 78 Score of 82
IELTS 5.0 with no band score less than 4.5 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0
CAEL Overall 60 or greater Overall 70 or greater


For exceptions to these requirements, please contact our Admissions Representative at (905) 273-5588.

Supporting Documents Required

You’ll be required to submit an electronic or paper copy of all required documents.  You can choose to send these ahead of time by emailing them to or you can mail them to The Culinary Arts School of Ontario, 5732 Kennedy Road Mississauga Ontario Canada L4Z 1T1.  You are not required to send these before you submit an application, but it will help make the process faster.

  • Translated and notarized diploma/transcripts of senior/ secondary school and/or other level of post-secondary education completed
  • Proof of English proficiency, if applicable to you, such as TOEFL or IELTS
  • Copy of passport page containing photo and personal information


If you meet all the requirements to apply, you can complete your application online.  You’ll be required to pay a non-refundable $500 application fee when you submit your application.  For faster processing, please make sure to include all the supporting documents when you apply.  Please note: Visa processing can take several months (between 3-6) so please choose your program start date with enough time for your visa application to be processed and to accommodate your move to Canada.

Registration & Acceptance

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a letter of acceptance from The Culinary Arts School of Ontario.  This letter is what you will submit to your nearest Canadian Embassy to begin the Study Permit/Visa Application process.  Click here for more information about applying for a visa.  Once your visa application is started, you can begin learning about the process of moving to Canada to study in your program. We offer an International Student Guide to help you begin understanding the steps required.  You can also view our tuition page to view a full breakdown of the costs involved in studying abroad, and get more information about the materials required for your program.

Working On Campus

If you are a registered, full-time student with a Study Permit you may seek employment opportunities within the campus without a work permit. To see if you qualify, check Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s guidelines for students:

To work on campus, you must:

  • Have a valid Study Permit
  • Be registered as a full-time student in one of our diploma programs
  • Meet the required job-specific qualifications