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Culinary Skills

Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Code: 14071 Length: 2 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Post-Admission Requirements:

Once enrolled in the program, you will follow professional industry standards for decorum, uniform, hygiene and personal presentation. Practical courses, which take place in a lab, have strict uniform and attendance standards and policies which are mandatory for successful completion of the course. It is mandatory to wear a Humber-issued chef uniform in practical lab classes in this program. Admittance to these classes is not permitted if you are not in uniform. The cost for the uniform has been added to your first semester tuition fees. In order for the uniform to be available for the first day of class, students must submit their size requirements via an online order form.

For more information and to submit your uniform order, visit

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthOpenClosed
January 2018NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: $5,159.55
  • international: $14,671.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$100 – safety shoes; $400 – knife and tool kit; $300 – textbooks, manuals (for two semesters).

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

The curriculum for this program is similar to the first year of the Culinary Management program. This allows students to transition into the Culinary Management program after the first semester or at the end of the second semester with bridging courses. Alternatively, students are able to move into the Cook (Cuisine) Apprenticeship program providing they have an eligible employer.

Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Frances Hall
Program Support Officer
416.675.6622 ext. 5526



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

From the business side of hospitality, to à la carte cuisine, Humber’s Culinary Skills certificate program prepares you for a career as a professional chef. Gain theoretical and practical skills while learning in cutting-edge labs and real-world settings with the latest kitchen technology and equipment.

The program also includes seven weeks of industry work experience. More than half the graduates of this one-year program continue on for another year and complete the Culinary Management diploma program or enter our Cook Apprenticeship program.

Students also have the opportunity to experience preparing meals on the Humber Food Truck, Humber’s new classroom on wheels.

A fast-track program is implemented for the January start. The first semester (January to April) is immediately followed by the second semester (May to August).

Courses Program Standards

Work Placement

Qualified students will complete a seven-week work placement following semester two (40 hours/week). This unpaid work experience takes place in the kitchens of leading hotels or restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area.

Competition Experience

Culinary Skills program video

Watch the video to find out more about the Culinary Skills program and our student chefs.

Iron Chef Competition 2016

Iron Chef 2016

Watch the video to discover which team was victorious during the 2016 Humber Iron Chef competition.

Nestlé Recipe Challenge

Nestlé Professional Food Truck Challenge video

Watch the video to see Humber students compete in the Nestle Professional Maggi & Minors Food Truck Challenge.

Savvy Diner Challenge

Savvy Dinner

Watch the video to see Humber culinary students compete in the Savvy Diner Challenge.

Holland Marsh Soup Fest

Humber Culinary Students Support SoupFest video

Watch the video to see Humber Culinary students took part in Holland Marsh Soup Fest.

The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Facilities

Humber is the home of the Canadian Centre of Culinary Arts & Science, Canada’s leading centre of excellence in culinary education, apprenticeship training and culinary research and development.

  • Kitchen Lab Facilities
  • On-Campus Restaurant Training Facility
  • Wine Tasting and Demonstration Lab

The Humber Food Truck

Students have the opportunity to gain experience working on our Humber Food Truck.

Grad Appreciation Luncheon

Newly graduated and ready to start their careers, students of the Culinary Skills and Culinary Management programs were treated to an appreciation luncheon in The Humber Room on May 4, 2016.


Humber Food Truck

culinary management student and teacher plating food

Your Career

Launch your career as a chef in the $60 billion Canadian foodservice industry with our intense and dynamic program.

Trained chefs are always in demand in locations such as:

  • restaurants
  • golf clubs
  • hotels
  • aboard trains and cruise ships
  • at resorts and stadiums
  • within corporations worldwide.

From line cook to magazine test kitchens and airline headquarters, the diversity of venues for the chef’s art and science is unmatched. And if you’re among those who dream of owning your own restaurant or bar, this is where you start.

Train with world-class faculty, including multiple award-winning chefs, and follow in the footsteps of the many provincial and national competition award-winners and Olympians this program has produced.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the TrainCan – BASIC f.s.t.™ Food Safety and Sanitation Certification as part of the program.

Humber has been awarded international recognition from the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program for meeting or exceeding the WACS standards of quality culinary education.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Study Abroad

Qualified students in this program are eligible to undertake experiential learning experiences such as the Mediterranean trip to Italy where students experience the food, culture and lifestyle of the Mediterranean.

Qualified students are also eligible to undertake a study abroad service learning trip which provides rewarding experiences and opportunities to do community service around the globe.

These trips operate annually in May and are 10 to 15 days in length.

New study abroad trips and initiatives are introduced each fall. Additional fees apply.


This program is approved by WACS
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Inspiring a New Generation

Each year on the 20th of October we celebrate the International Chefs Day. On this day many workshops and activities are hosted around the world for thousands of children to learn about eating healthy.

Culinary Graduate Cooks for Royalty

Culinary Management graduate Vince Capitano started working in the culinary industry over a decade ago. This month his industry experience and education prepared him to cook for royalty.

Scholarships & Awards

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Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.

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