Culinary Arts

Bring your creativity to life with practical, hands-on food services training. 

Prepare for an exciting, high demand career! Professionally trained cooks and chefs are needed in premier hotels and educational institutions to care facilities and cruise lines. 


Program description

The Culinary Arts program is designed to meet the need for qualified cooks in the hospitality industry. The program provides professional cook training in a practical, hands-on learning environment achieved through our commercial kitchen.

Students will rotate through a variety of stations in the kitchen. Each station has a different culinary focus. Students will also participate in a variety of caterings, banquets and community events, all of which broaden and enhance the student experience.

Apprenticeship Level I and Level II Cooks Exam

Culinary Arts students must write and pass the Apprenticeship Level I exam early in the second term followed by the Level II Cooks exam towards the end of the second term. (Students must pass the Level I exam to be eligible to write the Level II Cooks exam.)

Students who successfully complete the program, and pass the Level I exam may be eligible for up to 1,040 hours time credit towards a Cook Apprenticeship program. This time credit is based upon the recommendation of the employer who is signatory to the initial Apprenticeship Agreement.

Students who pass the Cook Apprenticeship Level exam(s) would be exempt from attending that level of apprenticeship in-school training.

Admission requirements
  • Math 10 and English 10
Other requirements
  • Satisfactory tuberculosis (TB) test
Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency


Levels I and II transfer directly to all British Columbia college and university-college programs, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).

Money matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See money matters for more information.

You will be required to purchase special knives, uniforms and textbooks for this program. The approximate cost of these items is CAN$1,750 for the academic year and they will be ordered by the program coordinator to ensure that the items purchased meet the standards required.  See Ancillary Fees for more information.

Students are also required to purchase proper footwear prior to starting the daily meal preparations part of the program.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon university is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 5209 to make an appointment.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.