Do you love to cook? Do you thrive in high-energy environments? Then check out Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Professional Cooking program. It’s not just Saskatchewan’s most recognized culinary training program—it’s your fast track to a career.
Our graduates are working as cooks, kitchen managers, banquet chefs, sous chefs and chefs … around the province, across Canada, on cruise ships, in vacation resorts and at upscale fishing lodges.
Professional Cooking is a one-year certificate program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus. We’ll give you the kind of hands-on training you need to work as part of a culinary team. Our low student-to-instructor ratio means lots of one-on-one time with your instructors—all Red Seal certified cooks and many Certified Chefs de Cuisine. You’ll build knowledge and practical skills in:
Our Kitchen is Your Classroom
Approximately 70% of your “class” time is hands-on training in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped kitchens. You’ll also get hands-on experience preparing foods for the campus cafeteria.
Earn a Year of Apprenticeship Credit
The Professional Cooking certificate earns you a full year of apprenticeship towards becoming a Red Seal Cook, an interprovincial standard of excellence across Canada.
When you graduate, you’ll find employment opportunities in major hotels, restaurants, cruise ship companies, vacation destination resorts and catering facilities. There are jobs in institutional food service establishments, such as hospitals and care homes, and also in the growing retirement community market.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Chef||Chefs (6241)||$24,000 - $55,000|
|Cook||Cooks (6242)||$21,900 - $42,300|
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.