Humber’s Baker Apprenticeship certificate program provides the fundamentals of costing, nutrition, baking, bread making, ingredients and practical applications, cake and cookie production, decoration and design, confectionary techniques, purchasing, and product management. Our program is a balance of theory and practical classes to set you up for a successful career. The apprenticeship component allows you to study and work at the same time – earn while you learn.
Humber is home to the Ontario Cook Apprenticeship Training Centre, the largest training centre for cook and baker apprentices in the province. Humber’s apprenticeship curriculum is innovative while following the standards set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
Note: This program follows 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 that are mandatory for successful completion of the course.
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There are many ways for passionate aspiring chefs to enter the fast-paced culinary industry. The opportunity to become an apprentice and "earn while you learn" is one of them.
Recently, chef and culinary instructor Michael Teune sat down with Restaurants Canada to discuss apprenticeships in the culinary industry and the benefits for aspiring chefs, restaurant employees, employers and the culinary industry as a whole.
There are two ways of entering the Cook Trade Program at Humber College. (1) Find an employer who is willing to offer you an apprenticeship, or (2) through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).
Once you have received an Offer of Classroom Training, issued by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, you are required to register into the program.
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.
The demand for passionate, well-trained pastry chefs around the world is constant, and with more than 7,000 restaurants reflecting a wide variety of cultures and cuisines, Toronto is the ideal place to launch your culinary and baking career.
The baking skills you’ll gain at Humber will put you in high demand. Potential job locations include hotels, restaurants, clubs, resorts, hospitals, corporate settings and more.
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you’ll be inspired by the variety of establishments you can own. Food service is a constantly evolving industry that has never been more in the spotlight, and our baker apprenticeship program is your gateway.
World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS)
Humber’s culinary and pastry programs have been awarded international recognition from the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS). Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program for meeting or exceeding the standards of quality culinary education. This program is approved by WACS for Fast Track Certification for the World Chefs Commis Chef Level.
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
Humber Institutional Cook Apprenticeship students are eligible for a number of scholarships and awards. Find the award that's right for you!
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On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.