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ITHQ Signature program

Professional Cooking

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This program is only available to international students.

Are you an international student interested in studying cooking in Canada? The Professional Cooking program will allow you to learn all the basic techniques of professional cooking while gaining maximum practical experience.


Until March 1

Course start date



18 months full-time (1 983 h)



Language of instruction


Compulsory internships



Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)


This program designed specifically for international students will allow you to learn all the basic techniques of professional cooking and to familiarize yourself with Québec culture. This training will position you favourably in a sector where the demand for qualified professionals is high.

Program key elements

  • Training course focussed on the basic techniques of French cuisine
  • 3-month internship placement
  • Action learning in the ITHQ’s restaurants
  • French courses and integration into Québec culture
  • Personalized support and inclusive learning environment
  • Experienced and passionate instructors

Graduate from one of Canada’s leading hotel schools!

What you will learn
Techniques, rigour, teamwork

  • Classic recipes from French and Québec gastronomy
  • Valorization of Québec products
  • Sensorial qualities of dishes 
  • Basic cuts and cooking techniques
  • Kitchen organization and storage of goods
  • Mise en place and presentation of dishes
  • Teamwork within the brigade
  • Varied menu service
  • Hygiene and food safety
  • Occupational health and safety
  • FR
    French courses and integration into Québec culture

Program structure and courses

Duration and schedule

  • Program starting in the fall
  • Spread over 18 months on a full-time basis (3 course sessions, 1 summer internship and 1 end-of-program internship)
  • Includes a total of 1 983 hours, including 1 368 hours of cooking courses, 120 hours of French courses, and 495 hours of compulsory internships
  • Daytime courses and some practical applications in the evening

  • Schedule, dates and course order are subject to change.
  • The ITHQ reserves the right to cancel a course or program if there are insufficient registrations to justify its offering. In such cases, program and registration fees will be refunded in full.

Hands-on experience

Compulsory internships:

  • 3-month paid summer internship (390 h) in Québec
  • 3-week unpaid end-of-program internship (105 h) in the Montréal area

    Practical applications: 

    • Production of dishes for the ITHQ restaurants customers
    • Participation in various gastronomic activities

      Internships are compulsory to obtain the ITHQ Signature certificate.


      • Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in Professional Cooking from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
      • ITHQ Signature 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

      All students are required to follow certain basic rules regarding professional image.


      Admission application periods

      Québec and Canadian applicants

      Not available to Québec and Canadian applicants

      International applicants

      Until March 1 (course start date in August)

      Admission requirements

      • Be an international student, i.e., born outside of Canada and do not have permanent resident status in Canada or Canadian citizenship.
      • Have a Secondary School Diploma (DES) or equivalent education.
      • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English; refer to the Required language proficiency page for more details.

      • Experience in the restaurant industry is an asset
      • Basic knowledge of the French language is not compulsory, but will facilitate your integration into the job market

      Required documents

      • Applicants must meet all of the requirements of their chosen program and provide all required documents. Incomplete or late admission application file will be considered ineligible.
      • In order for your file to be considered complete, be sure to upload legible copies of all official documents required by your status in PDF format. 
      • Documents that are not in French or English must be accompanied by an official translation in French or English.
      • Birth certificate 
      • Complete transcripts of the last 3 years of high school (equivalent to grade 9, 10 and 11)
      • Complete transcripts for any subsequent years of study, if applicable
      • Diploma(s) obtained
      • Proof of language proficiency in English (language test result or proof of exemption)
      • Work certificates attesting to work experience relevant to the program, if applicable

      Costs and financial aid

      Program fees

      Use the program fees calculator to find out about the costs of this program.

      Financial aid and scholarships

      Looking for financial support for your study project? Find out about the different options available to you.  

      Future prospects

      At the heart of a brigade

      Working as a cook requires the mastery of culinary techniques as well as a developed sense of aesthetics and organization. This training will allow you to develop all the necessary skills to access the kitchens of the best restaurants, which are constantly looking for new talent.



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      or toll-free at 1-800-361-5111, ext. 5110

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