Professional Cooking (for international students only)

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Professional Cooking (for international students only)

Professional Cooking 5811 (DVS)

Admission application period

International applicants only:

  • Until February 1 (for fall admissions)


Get cooking

Offered to international students, this program will provide you with all the techniques and skills you need to begin your culinary career, here in Québec, or anywhere else in the world. 

Consisting of mainly workshops and internships, its learning format will provide you with plenty of hands-on experience. With all this practical knowledge, you will not only feel confident in your work environment; you will also become a candidate of choice for any employer in the restaurant industry.  

With a placement rate of almost 100%, this program is a great opportunity to find your place in a sector with a high demand for skilled workers. So join us... and let's get cooking! 

Experienced teachers

Our team of talented and experienced instructors will not only provide you with training and technical skills. They will also share their work philosophy, values and leadership to help you grow in a profession that is both demanding and exciting.

World-class facilities

The ITHQ is an incredible learning environment for international students. Here you will find:

  • 2 teaching restaurants
  • 16 kitchens and workshops with the best equipment available
  • A specialized library with tons of resources
  • 6 computer and language labs
  • A gastronomy research centre
  • A food chemistry lab, and much more!


Learn all the basic culinary skills you need

  • Know the basic products
  • Clean and organize a kitchen and store inventory
  • Develop knife skills and master basic cutting techniques
  • Safely use cooking tools and equipment; apply hygiene, cleanliness and health and safety standards
  • Create professional relationships

Master the basics of the professional kitchen

  • Acquire the skills and abilities to evaluate the sensory properties of foods
  • Choose the appropriate cooking techniques
  • Perform food preparation
  • Prepare the mise en place for soups, basic pasta dishes, hors-d’oeuvres, meat, fish and desserts
  • Create culinary platings
  • Know the quality, culinary potential and appropriate cooking methods for products
  • Work with new food technologies
  • Prepare the mise en place and learn service for production kitchen, breakfast, table d'hôte, à la carte, and buffet menus

Get ready to work

  • Learn the basics of French
  • Learn about Québec society and its work culture 


  • Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in Professional Cooking from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec (MEES)
  • ITHQ Certificate in Professional Cooking
  • Food Handler certification in hygiene and food safety from the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)

Duration And Schedule

  • Starts in fall 2023
  • Lasts approximately 18 months (35 hours per week)
  • Includes a total of 1 983 hours (1 368 hours of cooking courses, 120 hours of French courses, and 495 hours of mandatory internships)


    Session 1:

    • Cooking 1
    • Introduction to cooking
    • Sensory properties of foods
    • French 1

    Session 2:

    • Cooking 2
    • Fundamentals of cooking
    • French 2


    • Internship 1

    Session 3:

    • Cooking 3
    • Internship 2 (workplace integration)

    Practical Experience

    • Three-month paid internship (390 hours) at a restaurant located in the province of Québec
    • Three-week end-of-program internship (105 hours) at a restaurant located in the Montréal area
    • Meal production at La Relève gourmande, one of the ITHQ’s restaurants

    Internships are mandatory for all of our regular programs. Any special conditions that an applicant is known to have when enrolling in a program (health status, family situation, being a minor at the time the internship starts, criminal record, etc.) may limit options for internship placements and job offers. Under no circumstances may these conditions be used to obtain an exemption to the rules for completing the required program internship.

    Dress Code


    • Due to the high risk of contagion through the handling of food and sharp objects, individuals with an infectious disease are not suitable for admission to ITHQ programs.
    • For programs with practical applications in the kitchen, individuals with severe food allergies or dietary restrictions are not suitable for practical cooking programs.
    • If an applicant does not disclose the relevant health information during the admission process, the ITHQ reserves the right to refuse registration.


    • Candidates must have a secondary school diploma or equivalent education.
    • They must be international students, which means that they are not Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
    • Experience in the restaurant industry is an asset that will be considered in the application review process.
    • A basic knowledge of French is not compulsory but will facilitate their integration into Québec workforce.


    All fees are in Canadian dollars.

      International students
    Application fee (non-refundable) $80
    Session 1 Session 1
    Registration fees $257
    Tuition fees $8,694
    Enrichment fees $466
    Session 2 Session 2
    Registration fees $257
    Tuition fees $8,694
    Enrichment fees $466
    Session 3 Session 3
    Registration fees $257
    Tuition fees $8,694
    Enrichment fees $466
    Uniforms and equipment $900 approx.
    Health insurance (mandatory) $816/year
    Dental insurance from the ITHQ student association (optional) $146/year


    • Tuition fees and enrichment fees are fully refundable if you cancel your registration by no later than August 15 for the fall session, January 3 for the winter session, and May 15 for the summer session.
    • If you cancel your registration after the dates indicated (depending on the session) and before the first day of the session, tuition fees and enrichment fees are refundable, minus a 25% administrative fee.
    • No refunds will be granted starting from the 1st day of the session.
    • The ITHQ reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient student numbers. In this case, registration and tuition fees will be refunded.


    • Registration fees include administrative services, student association fees, a voluntary contribution to the ITHQ Foundation and civil liability insurance.
    • There are additional costs for the purchase of books and course notes.
    • All fees are in Canadian dollars.
    • The amounts indicated are subject to change without notice.
    • Applicants must meet each requirement of their chosen program and provide all required documents. Incomplete or late applications will be considered ineligible.
    • Note that applications are only reviewed once the application period is over.



    The following documents must be sent with your online application.

    • A photocopy of your birth certificate issued by the Office of the Registrar of Civil Status of your country of origin.
    • A copy of complete school reports or transcripts (with official French or English translations) for your last three years of secondary school in your country (equivalent to Secondary 3, 4 and 5 in Quebec), as well as the diplomas and certificates that you have obtained.
    • A copy of school transcripts for any subsequent year of study, as well as the diplomas and certificates that you have obtained.
    • Proof of language proficiency in English Fichier pdf (187 KB) will be required if you have not received academic instruction in this language.
    • If you have already done a French-language assessment test in the past, provide a copy of the results.
    • If you have relevant professional cooking experience, provide the relevant certificates of employment (note that your resume does not count as an official certificate of employment). Certificates of employment must be on company letterhead and include the following information:
      • Position held.
      • Period of employment (start and end dates).
      • Number of work hours accumulated during this period.
      • Type of business (hotel, restaurant or other), contact information and employer’s signature.


    • All documents must be legible, identical to the originals, and provided in electronic format. Do not send originals.
    • Documents that are not in French or English must be accompanied by an official translation in French or English.


    • Online payment with Visa or MasterCard
    • Certified cheque or money order
    • Bank transfer


    • When submitting your application online, upload the required documents in a digital format.
    • All required documents must be received by the SRAM before the end of the admission period (February 1).

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