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Culinary Arts

As a culinary student at the CIC, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of culinary skills from the very basics of knife skills and food preparation to advanced techniques in butchery, international cuisine, and à la carte production. Your culinary skills are complemented by business training in order to prepare you for the full scope of restaurant operations. You will sharpen your skills daily with rotations in our on-site restaurants for breakfast, lunch and fine dining. This high volume food preparation gets you ready for a career in the fast paced food service industry. You’ll also complete a 600-hour paid internship, giving you the opportunity to showcase your skills to employers, and gain more perspective on where this career can take you.

This is a US Federal Aid Approved program.

Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 2 years
Location: The Culinary Institute of Canada, Tourism and Culinary Centre, Charlottetown
Credential: Diploma, Culinary Arts
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Open More Doors with your Red Seal


The Red Seal is the interprovincial standard of excellence for your chosen trade. When you have an Interprovincial Red Seal, you can work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification. It gives you a competitive edge and flexibility in the market.

The Culinary Arts program is an excellent way to work on your Red Seal as a cook. In the program, you’ll earn 1,710 hours and write two block exams—putting you well on your way to certification. After you graduate and are working with a suitable employer, you can register as an apprentice and get credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College. Then you can complete the journey and take the interprovincial exam.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

Note: Applicants must have the ability to perform physically challenging tasks

Graduate Opportunities

After graduating from the Culinary Arts program, you’ll be ready to work in:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Resorts
  • Cafeterias
  • Hospitals
  • Catering companies
  • Related areas of food service industry

Opportunity NOCs

NOC stands for National Occupational Classification. It’s a system used by the Government of Canada to classify jobs based on the type of work a person does. In the Culinary Arts Program, you will learn the skills described in NOC 6321. You can look for job opportunities by searching for openings within your NOC.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

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Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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