Sous Chef Diploma

A Nine Month Program to Help You Become a Sous Chef

Our Sous Chef Diploma Program is the perfect fit for you if you’re looking to begin working as a cook or a Sous Chef in a professional kitchen.  In this program you will learn the skills and techniques you’ll need, using a variety of teaching methods to help you get the most out of your program.  Each of your classes will include a mix of theory,  hands-on learning and work experience, designed to reinforce your skill sets and perform at your best, as a Sous Chef in a commercial kitchen.

  • 675 Hours, Full-Time Diploma Program
  • 37 Weeks or approximately 9 Months
  • Average Number of Hours Per Week: 18.24
  • Week Breaks: 13 | Total Duration: 50 Weeks
  • Intakes: Jan, Mar & Sept
  • Maximum Student to Chef Instructor ratio: 12:1
  • Lifetime Skills Refresher & Employment  Assistance

Sous Chef Program Overview

Our Sous Chef Diploma program is designed to teach you the skills necessary to become a Cook or a Sous Chef in a professional kitchen.  Like any college program, a sous chef diploma won’t guarantee you a fantastic job right out of school, but it will provide you the building blocks necessary to help you work your way up through the ranks to becoming an invaluable asset to your Chef.  This program is designed to teach you cooking fundamentals, as well as helping you to understand some more job specific skills, such as interpreting the chef’s instructions, the receiving and storage of perishable good, how to meet and exceed regulatory responsibilities and finally, how to prepare and execute incredible food.

Our Sous Chef Diploma program offers two terms, which include the modules listed below.  Each of our programs are based on a modular learning system, which allows students to learn in a building block style approach.  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.

Each of our programs also include career development and job search assistance, as well as any necessary certifications to get you started on  your career path sooner.  The Sous Chef Program offers a Basic Food Safety Certification Test, which provides you with an in depth knowledge of hospitality standards, adding value during your job search.

Term One

  • Culinary Essentials
  • Knife Skills & Kitchen Organization
  • Soups, Sauces & Stock
  • Vegetable & Starch
  • Salads & Dressings
  • Breakfast & Dairy Preparation
  • Sandwiches & Hors D’oeuvres
  • Certification Included: Food Safety Training Certification

Term Two

  • Meat & Game Cookery
  • Poultry & Game Bird Cookery
  • Fish & Shellfish Cookery
  • Bakeshop

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