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Culinary Arts

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

January 2023

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Total Course Fee

USD 19,474

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  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Certificate

Calling all domestic and international foodies! Shape your passion and creativity into a rewarding, fast-paced, hands-on career close to home or around the world with Vancouver Island University’s Culinary Arts program.

Our internationally recognized chef training programs at the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island provides students with hands-on, real-world experiences running service programs in state-of-the-art kitchens and labs.This Culinary Arts program also has a paid co-operative education component that allows students to network and build industry contacts.

Students learn the culinary skills needed to enter careers in world-class hotels, resorts, restaurants, bakeries and more. Educational grants are available to students wanting to train in this high-demand industry

The Culinary Arts Certificate consists of the 28-week Professional Cook 1 (PC1), and the 14-week Professional Cook 2 (PC2).The Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island (CIVI) at VIU provides students with the options of the Professional Cook 1 (PC1) Certificate (offered through the Nanaimo, Cowichan & Powell River campuses), the one-year Culinary Arts Certificate (PC1 & PC2 offered at the Nanaimo, Cowichan & Powell River campuses), and the two-year Culinary Management Diploma (offered at the Nanaimo campus). The Certificate and Diploma programs provide students with culinary training and management skills, giving them the leading edge to advancement in the culinary profession. Upon entering the Certificate program, culinary students are registered as Professional Cook 1 apprentices, gaining technical training while accruing apprentice hours. As a part of both the Culinary Arts Certificate and the Culinary Diploma programs, students participate in a paid coop work placement, gaining industry work experience and additional apprentice hours.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2023
  • March 2023
  • August 2023
  • Grade 12, or equivalent or mature student status.
  • Mature students without Grade 12 will be required to complete an assessment test.
  • Minimum 17 years of age.
  • Interview may be required.
  • Submission of copy of Foodsafe Level I certificate (see Note below).
  • Criminal record check, for Powell River campus only.
  • See also Trades general admission requirements.

Professional Cook 1 (28-weeks)

  • Orientation and Evaluation
  • Breakfast and Meat Cutting - Theory & Practical
  • Garde-Manger, Vegetables and Starches 1 - Theory & Practical
  • Stocks, Soups, Protein Cookery 1 - Theory & Practical
  • A la Carte 1 - Theory & Practical
  • Pastries and Desserts 1 - Theory & Practical

Professional Cook 2 (14-weeks)

  • Meat Cutting 2
  • A la Carte 2 - Theory & Practical
  • Garde-Manger, Vegetables and Starches 2 - Theory & Practical
  • Pastries and Desserts 2 - Theory & Practical

Co-op Component

  • Preparation for Co-operative Placement 1
  • Co-operative Education Placement 1
  • Fees - Culinary Arts Certificate (includes PC1, PC2, and Co-op) Nanaimo Campus 
  • Amount Tuition (11 months x $470.40 per month 1 academic credit x $156.80) 5,331.20 
  • Lab Fee - Level One 580.08 
  • Lab Fee - Level Two 264.20 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition, co-op and lab fee) 263.69 
  • Student Services fee (4.42% of tuition) 235.64 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (14 months x $20.90 per month) 292.60 
  • Co-operative Placement ($681.00 per term) 681.00 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00
  •  Total 7,923.41

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