Professional Cook 1

About the Program

  • The Langley School District offers the SkilledTradesBC Youth Train in Trades Professional Cook 1 (PC1) program at Walnut Grove Secondary School. This full-time program, in partnership with Vancouver Community College, offers SD35 students the opportunity to participate in SkilledTradesBC recognized Professional Cook 1 Technical Training. Students earn high school course credits, as well as post-secondary credits, while learning the required skills and knowledge to become an apprentice upon program completion.

Develop Professional Industry Skills

  • Cook alongside an award-winning professional chef to create amazing gourmet cuisine in a fast-paced environment
  • Be a key part of the team that operates a restaurant, prepares regional/international cuisines, and delivers unique dining experiences for the local community
  • Craft and present delicious, gourmet creations while preparing for competitions and events



  • Be registered in the Langley School District
  • Be 18 or younger on June 30 of application year

    Click on image above to view Professional Cook 1 Program Guide.

  • Have not graduated from high school before starting the program
  • Have intention to graduate



  • Have completed before the start of the program:
    • Grade 11
    • English 11
    • FOODSAFE Level 1
  • Recommended:
    • Experience working in food industry
    • Cafeteria, Food Studies 11/12 or experience in a professional kitchen


Keys to Success

  • Regular attendance and a solid commitment to the program
  • Demonstrate maturity and job readiness to work in the industry
  • Ability to work in a team in a hot, fast-paced and stressful environment
  • Physical ability to safely use knives and related kitchen tools/equipment
  • Ability to stand for long periods


Learn More

  • Still have questions or want to apply? Contact your school’s Career Advisor or use our Contact Form
  • 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