Professional Cook 1

The Langley School District offers a tuition-free ITA Youth TRAIN in Trades Professional Cook 1 program at Walnut Grove Secondary School. This program, in partnership with Vancouver Community College, offers Langley high school students the opportunity to participate in Level 1 certified ITA training.



  • A cook training program completed at school with a paid work placement
  • A community of like minded students learning and working together
  • Gain skills  required to succeed in a range of industries: restaurants, hotels, institutional kitchens and catering operations.


  • Train in a Professional Cook program (ITA affiliated) with a successful Red Seal Chef
  • Prepare for a rewarding, varied and creative career in the food industry
  • Learn the art and business of food service in a professional teaching kitchen and student run bistro
  • FREE! No tuition for eligible high school students
  • Earn high school course credits, as well as post-secondary credits, while training to gain the required skills and knowledge to become a Professional Cook.


  • Grade 12 students and some skilled Grade 11 students
  • Have a good attitude and genuine interest in working in the culinary industry
  • Have the physical ability to safely use knives and other related kitchen tools


  • September 2020 to June 2021
  • Monday to Thursday from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm


  • Walnut Grove Secondary School in Vancouver Community College’s satellite campus professional teaching kitchen


  • Before you apply

    • Career Trek video – Meet a cook in Victoria who prepares meals and prioritizes tasks for the day. A busy kitchen requires coordination and awareness of safety.

    • Professional Cook 1 Program Tour video – See the classroom and equipment and meet the program’s instructor

    • Ready to apply? Contact your school’s Career Advisor for an application form