Cowichan Culinary

This 28-week program is designed to train students for a career in professional cooking, including the fundamentals of food preparation in a modern industrial kitchen setting. Graduates can apply to take the 14 week PC2 remainder of the Culinary Arts Certificate Program at the Nanaimo campus.

Vancouver Island University, formed a partnership with Providence Farm in 2013 and opened The Farm Table Restaurant. Students can expect an "Artisan Field to Plate" experience through the seasons and to participate in farm activities such as seeding, weeding, and harvesting produce for use in The Farm Table which is open to the public.

Apprenticeship and the Culinary Program

All students are sponsored as Professional Cook apprentices under the auspices of the British Columbia Industry Training Authority while enrolled at the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island. This allows learners to log apprentice hours while training within the culinary program. After 28 weeks of study, and having successfully passed the Certificate program requirements, students will write the ITA Professional Cook 1 Apprentice Practical and Theory exams. Cowichan and Powell River students can then apply to the Professional Cook 2 (PC2) section of the Culinary Arts Certificate program offered at the Nanaimo campus. Upon successful completion of these exams and the second half of the Certificate program, students can write their ITA Cook 2 apprentice practical and theory exams, if they have completed the ITA's required 1000 hours of industry training. Please note: due to the timing of the co-op, it is recommended that applicants for the August Nanaimo campus intake have a minimum of 280 hours in the industry to successfully fulfill the PC2 apprenticeship hours requirement in their certificate year. Please consult the Program Chair regarding questions about industry hours.

For more information, see the VIU Culinary Apprenticeship.