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North Island College offering Free Tuition for Prep Cook Certificate

North Island College is offering a unique opportunity to Campbell River regional residents at a significantly reduced rate (free tuition).

The Prep Cook Certificate program has been developed for individuals who have a passion and commitment to the food service and culinary industry. The program is well suited to individuals who can benefit from formal training, while acquiring a credential in support their personal and professional career goals. The program also affords individuals the opportunity to assess whether apprenticeship programming may be of interest to them in the future.

The Prep Cook Certificate program is open to candidates who are presently employed as the focus is on supporting the regional workforce; this is a unique one time opportunity being funded by the Industry Training Authority in support of our regional workforce.

Students are responsible for NIC Application Fee and Approved Culinary Footwear.

The training schedule will be as follows:

Full Time Program: December 4 - March 16, 2017

  • Week of December 4th – Monday to Thursday; 8:30-3:30
  • Subsequent weeks – Tuesday to Friday: 8:30-3:30
  • One week break over Christmas

A program information session is taking place on Thursday, Nov 2 from 1-2pm at the North Island Employment Foundation Society (NIEFS - 920 Alder St.)

Be Well-Prepared for Employment

NIC's Prep Cook program is designed to introduce you to the basic skills, safety knowledge and job readiness to launch a career in the food services industry. 

The program consists of four months of hands-on training, including industry certifications in Occupational First Aid, FoodSafe and WHMIS. You will learn how to safely operate, clean and maintain common kitchen equipment and become familiar with standard culinary measurements and calculations. Learn how to prepare basic soups, stocks, sauces, vegetable dishes, salads, sandwiches, cookies and quick breads, applying food safety standards and safe work practices.

The Prep Cook Certificate Program was created in response to demand for entry-level cooks and kitchen workers across the North Island College region and this need is felt in the tourism/hospitality industry across the nation. The tourism industry is a strong component of the regional and national economy and as it grows so does the demand for cooks, kitchen helpers and other food service workers. 

The program includes 358 hours of instruction and 20 hours of industry certifications to ensure you are well-prepared to work in the culinary industry and provides a solid foundation if you choose to further your studies in NIC's Professional Cook (Culinary Arts) program.

Admission Requirements

  • Culinary Arts Assessment with a score of 50 per cent or greater
  • All Canada-BC Job Fund eligible participants must also meet the following requirements:
  • legally entitled to work in Canada
  • living in BC
  • not a full-time post-secondary student
  • not a high school student
  • not participating in another Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement-funded program

For more Information, please contact the North Island College at 250-923-9721.