Cook means a person who performs all phases of kitchen activities including the preparation and presentation of vegetables, soups, sauces, meat, fish and poultry, cold kitchen items; desserts, baking, pastry; basic menu planning/costing as well as knowledge of safety, sanitation and food storage, and who has a knowledge of human and customer relations. A Professional Cook 3 will have met all of the requirements of the national Red Seal standard for Cook. They usually work under limited supervision and will be competent at the major techniques and principles used in cooking, baking, and other aspects of food preparation. In addition to a sound set of cooking skills, a professional cook at this level should be able to plan and cost menus and recipes, and have an understanding of the communication skills that will be necessary to begin to take a leadership role in the kitchen.
For more information regarding the other levels in this progressive trade, please refer to the following program pages:
Program Update: July 2021: Harmonization implementation postponed
Program Update: Assessment Guidelines added to the Program Outline
Program Update: Phase 5 implementation dates
As per Program Update, as of January 1, 2020, all training providers are expected to use updated Practical Assessment documents that are dated January 2020; all previous documents are no longer relevant.
Details of the assessment criteria are contained within the Cook Assessment General Information package. Candidates can view the practical assessment preparation package for Menu A, Menu B, and Menu C. Please note that there is a fee attached to the practical assessment for challengers and re-assessment for apprentices which is set by the training provider conducting the assessment and may range between $350-$500. A list of assessment venues is sent to you with your approval to challenge.
The Exam Weighting Chart is available for the Certificate of Qualification (CofQ) exam and shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).
- Program Profile
- Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
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- Program Outline
- Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
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- Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
- List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
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Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience
- How to Apply
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- Application Form
- Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
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- Employer Declaration
- Document of relevant work experience
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- Statutory Declaration
- Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
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