New Course Offers Cooks Unique Opportunity

Professional Cook 1 Challenge Course Begins May 12


Selkirk College is offering cooks needing proper certification an opportunity to get a leg up this spring.

With the British Columbia Industry Training Authority’s gap training now underway, Selkirk Instructor Simon Parr is offering a special Professional Cook 1 Challenge Course starting May 12.  

“It’s theory training, I will be walking the students through it and answering questions,” says Parr. “It’s important to let people know they are not on their own through the process and it will be more motivating to get this done if they attend class on a regular basis.”


Students will be learning the theory part of the PC1 course, but there are opportunties to move onto Selkirk's PC2 with successful completion.

Parr developed the course because some in the industry were having a hard time passing the ITA Cook Level 1 Theory Exam. The exam is an exhaustive test of knowledge which some in the industry have found they lack certain background. With organizations like the Interior Health Authority and other institutional facilities requiring the PC1 certificate, the course offers a great opportunity for better success.

Students must have 1,000 hours in a commercial kitchen and provide a record of employment and reference letter from a current employer to gain acceptance into the course.

Successful students will also have an opportunity to further their education with completion and successful execution of the test by enrolling in Selkirk College’s Professional Cook 2 Program which will start in the upcoming Fall Semester.

The course runs from May 12 to June 18 and includes 27 classes. Students will work with Parr between Monday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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