Cook – Br. 2

Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade

Trade Code 415A
NOC 6242


  • Carve cooked meats, poultry, fish and game
  • Prepare complete meals, desserts, pastries, salads, salad dressings, hot and cold buffets, baked foods, soups and sauces, sandwiches, simple salads and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Prepares, assembles and cooks complete breakfasts, short order grill, simple desserts, weights and measures, hygiene, equipment handling, sanitation, safety and equipment
  • Have knowledge of stock controlling, receiving, issuing, menu planning and food costs and purchasing

Personal Qualities

  • You are safety conscious
  • You care about personal hygiene
  • You can stand for long periods of time
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You can multi-task
  • You are willing to work weekends, holidays and various shifts
  • You enjoy making and/or creating things
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Cooks are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, other health care institutions, educational institutions, tourist resorts, summer camps and other establishments
  • Some cooks own their own restaurants
  • With additional training and experience, some cooks become chefs

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 5,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 6,000 hours of on the job experience/training and have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Regional OYAP Training

Delivered by Fleming College at a number of local high schoolsTrade Related Programs

Liaison College

Stratford Chefs School
68 Nile Street
Stratford, ON N5A 4C5

Apprenticeship Training

Fleming College – Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Drive,
Peterborough, ON K0J 7B1

George Brown College
P.O. Box 1015, Station B
Toronto, ON M5P 2T9
416-415-5000 or

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices may start a minimum wage or according to company’s wage scale, increasing towards a journeyperson’s wage over time
  • Wages1 typically range from $8.75 to $16.00 an hour, excluding overtime, with journeypersons usually earning the higher end of the pay scale
  • Some cooks, with additional training and experience, become chefs and make considerably more money

Prospects For Employment

  • Employment is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 20092
  • There is an increased demand for cooks in the summer months due to tourism

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who hire first and second year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
  • Apprentices are able to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
  • Apprentices may also be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction