Holland College | Culinary Arts



Culinary Arts

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Tourism & Culinary Centre
Credential: Diploma, Culinary Arts
  • 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

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay a $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay a $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $6,709 $6,709
Lab Fee $ 2,015 $ 1,850
Student Union $ 168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420 $ 420
Study Tour $ 200 $ 200
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
Graduation Fee $ – $100
Purchased Books $650 $ 385
Knives $ 475 $ –
Uniforms & Laundry $ 1,210 $ 1,055
Total $ 11,927 $10,967
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 7,873 $ 7,041
2ndinstallment due January 6 $ 4,054 $ 3,926
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
On site parking $ 164 $ 164
Total $ 164 $ 164

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

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will now start on November 2, 2020 and end on June 25, 2021.

In the Culinary Arts program, 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 will be complemented by business training 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 a greater perspective on where this career can take you.

The Culinary Institute of Canada is located in the Tourism and Culinary Centre. Take a virtual tour of the Tourism and Culinary Centre here.

This is a U.S. Federal Aid approved program.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.

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.


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