12 months
13976 CAD/year
2846 CAD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Culinary Skills programme offered by the Durham College will provide you with the foundation for an exciting career in the food service industry. 


Sharpen your skills in classic and contemporary à la carte cuisine, baking and pastry arts, flavour and cooking methods, understanding ingredients, food service principles, and safety and sanitation, while also developing essential communication and computer application skills. 

During the Culinary Skills programme offered by the Durham College you will accomplish all of this through a combination of activity-based classroom instruction and practical application in our state-of-the-art culinary and pastry labs, and Bistro ‘67, our award-winning restaurant, where you will gain practical experience serving customers from the community.

Upon successful completion of this program, you may qualify for advanced standing in Year 2 of Durham College’s Culinary Management program. The Culinary Skills program is offered at the Whitby campus, home of the college’s new W. Galen Weston Centre for Food. This incredible new learning centre provides access to a full-service green certified teaching restaurant and lounge; a demonstration theatre; and state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and meeting spaces, all designed to offer you the best possible learning experience.


What you could be:

  • Assistant baker
  • Banquet or catering cook
  • Chef de partie
  • Entrepreneur
  • Pastry chef
  • Sous chef

Where you could work:

  • Banquet hall
  • Catering company
  • Country club
  • Golf course
  • Hotel
  • Resort
  • Restaurant

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Communications For Business 
  • Computers For Hospitality 
  • Culinary Theory
  • Culinary & Baking Techniques
  • Food Safety And Sanitation 
  • Global Cuisine 
  • Culinary Nutrition
  • Professional Development Strategies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13976 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6988 CAD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    2846 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1423 CAD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Oshawa

1100 - 1700 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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