All Courses

Culinary Management

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

August 2023

See all cycles

First Year Course Fee

USD 19,474

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma

Calling all foodies who dream of running a kitchen or opening a restaurant. VIU’s Culinary Management Diploma will train you in advanced culinary and pastry techniques, as well as important management, accounting and beverage skills. Learn what it takes to launch a culinary career, with work opportunities close to home and around the world.

This Culinary Management Diploma program includes a paid co-operative education component that allows students to network and build industry contacts. At the end of the Culinary Management program, students can write the inter-provincial Red Seal exam.

Graduates also receive advanced credit when applying to the VIU Bachelor of Hospitality Management degree.

The Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island (CIVI), at VIU provides students with the options of a Certificate (one year), and a Diploma (two years), in culinary training and management skills, giving them the leading edge for advancement in the culinary profession. Upon entering the program, culinary students are registered as apprentices, gaining technical training while accruing apprentice hours. As a part of both the Certificate and Diploma programs, students participate in a paid co-op work placement, gaining industry work experience and additional apprentice hours. The Culinary Diploma program provides students with advanced culinary and pastry training as well as the management skills needed to obtain higher positions within the industry. The 2nd year of the diploma program is only offered at the Nanaimo campus.

At the Nanaimo campus students are accepted into the first year Culinary Arts Certificate program in January, February, or August. The Culinary Arts Certificate consists of the 28-week Professional Cook 1 (PC1) and the 14-week Professional Cook 2 (PC2). At our Cowichan and Powell River campuses students are accepted to the 28-week Professional Cook 1 (PC1) program which starts in February (Cowichan) and September (Powell River). Cowichan and Powell River students can then apply to the Nanaimo campus to complete the Professional Cook 2 (PC2) training and receive a Culinary Arts Certificate.

Enrollment Cycles

  • August 2023

General Trades Admission Requirements apply.

  • Submission of copy of Foodsafe Level 1 certificate (see Note below).
  • English 12 with minimum "C " grade, or equivalent.
  • A minimum “C ” grade in Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10 or Workplace Mathematics 10 or equivalent.

Culinary Diploma – Year 2

  • Preparation for Co-operative Placement 2
  • Co-operative Education Placement 2
  • Dining Room I
  • Advanced Pastry
  • Dining Room 2
  • Financial Control Systems
  • Beverage Theory
  • Principles of Services Management
  • Food Service Management
  • Managing Service Organizations
  • Human Resource Management
  • University Writing and Research
  • 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 
  • Approximate costs for textbooks 240.00 
  • Approximate costs for personal attire* 175.00 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition, co-op and lab fee) 274.26 
  • 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 8,348.98

Interested in this course?

Our Admissions Counsellors would love to assist!

Date of birth