6 Month Culinary Arts Diploma

Our next intake commences on September 27, 2021. We are also currently accepting applications for the January 4, 2022, April 4, 2022, and July 4, 2022 intakes. 

For more information, please contact our Admissions Department.

6 Month, Full-Time Culinary Arts Diploma Program (5 days per week / 7 hours per day: on-site and online)
Quarterly intakes (AM and PM schedules)
840 hours
Employment placement support
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Program Details

Students begin their culinary program with knife skills, culinary terms and equipment usage followed by the preparation of flavourful stocks and the art of saucier and butchery.  Building on their foundation of skills, students prepare classic French dishes as well as international cuisine utilizing a wide variety of protein, fish, shellfish, vegetables and grains.  

Feasting with the eye as well as the palate is a fundamental aspect of the foodservice industry and students learn plating skills in addition to development of their palate.  



  • Graduation from Grade 12 or equivalent (GED), or mature student (19+)
  • Hepatitis A immunity
  • Copy of Provincial Medical Insurance
  • Government Issued Photo ID (i.e. passport, driver's license)


  • Valid Study Permit 
  • Private Medical Insurance Coverage
  • Hepatitis A immunity
  • Graduation from Grade 12 or equivalent (GED), or mature student (19+)
  • Government Issued Photo ID (i.e. passport)


  • English Language Proficiency: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 65, or
  • High School or Post-Secondary Diploma if English is the language of instruction


  • Domestic: $20,578
  • International: $26,978

Tuition Refund Policy

Course Inclusions

Course Inclussions

  • Food & Beverage Operations Management covering effective menu planning, inventory control, costing and various food operations.

These courses provide students with an in-depth knowledge of hospitality operations beyond the kitchens doors ensuring students gain a more well-rounded education.

Program Topics

Introduction to Professional Kitchens
Kitchen Sustainability – Farm to Table
Food Safe Certification
Food Trends
Knife Skills
Molecular Gastronomy
Stocks & Soups
Food Photography
Poultry, Lamb, Beef & Pork Butchery
Fish & Shellfish
Legumes, Grains & Starches
Coffee & Tea Education
Catering Development
Plant Based Cooking
Menu Engineering & Food Costing
Moist & Dry Heat Cooking Methods
Resume Workshops
International Cuisine
Industry Liaisoning
Nutrition & Allergies (GF, Vegan)
Sandwiches & the Fundamentals of Bread
Pastry Foundations
Sensory & Palate Training
Plating & Presentation Techniques

Lifetime Job Placement Assistance services for every graduate. Apply today to begin your culinary career.

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At Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts we are passionate about providing expertly trained graduates for the rapidly growing food and hospitality industry worldwide. Along with small class sizes, dedicated Chef Instructors and our eight professional kitchens with Lifetime Employment Placement Assistance, you have the right ingredients for a delicious career.

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Student Testimonials

The people that I have met and how much I have grown & learned has made my time here one of the best times of my life, without a doubt.

Nicole P. Culinary Arts

My six months at PICA surpassed all types of expectations I had. Education quality is excellent. I feel like I grew not only in cooking but also as a person. The people I met influenced my life and made me a better person.

Sofia M. Culinary Arts