Chef Al Irving does a demonstration for high school students in the Port Alberni teaching kitchen as part of NIC’s annual open house event. SUBMITTED PHOTO

North Island College offers sponsored prep cook program in Port Alberni

Certificate program starts in October 2018

Registration is now available for North Island College’s Prep Cook certificate program in Port Alberni, starting this October and running through to January 2019.

The full-time certificate program gives students the basic safety, knowledge and credentials to start a career in busy commercial kitchens, restaurants and resorts.

Students will learn to prepare a wide array of delectable staples such as soups, stocks, sauces, vegetable dishes, salads, sandwiches, cookies and quick breads. They will graduate with industry certifications in Occupational First Aid, Foodsafe and WHMIS.

“This certificate is a great introduction to working in a commercial kitchen,” said Cheryl O’Connell, NIC’s dean of trades and technical programs. “We’re pleased to receive the funding from the province and the Industry Training Authority to be able to offer this sponsored training program in Port Alberni.”

Students accepted into the program are eligible for free tuition and some course materials and supplies.

To qualify, students must pass a prep cook assessment and be eligible to work in Canada, have graduated high school and not be working full time. Applicants will also need to participate in a program interview.

On graduation, students will qualify to work as entry-level prep cooks and kitchen staff or keep learning and enrol in NIC’s Professional Cook (Culinary Arts) program and move towards their Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification.

For more information or to apply, visit, or call 1-800-715-0914 ext. 7720 or 250-923-9720 to speak to the faculty of trades and technical programs.

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