Frequently Asked Questions

Our professional programs are designed to be fast-paced, intensive and immersive, equipping our graduates with skills and training to prepare them for the hospitality industry. Students attend class minimum seven hours per day*, five days per week. This is one of the longest training days in North America!

*In the advanced portion of the professional program, class hours may run longer.

No experience is necessary. All students begin at the same level of instruction. Students start their first day in the kitchen with the basics, and each day build upon their foundation, techniques, presentation and taste. Having passion for what you do, drive, determination, and a good work ethic will get you far, regardless of your prior experience or background. 

Our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs commence four times per year: Winter (January), Spring (March/April), Summer (June/July), and Fall (September). At each intake, we have AM classes and PM classes. 

In the Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts program, there is a maximum of 15 students per Chef Instructor, per kitchen. This is the lowest class ratio in Canada, and allows for truly individualized training for every single student.

90% of your time is spent in the kitchen with hands-on instruction. This is supported by 10% theory instruction. Our programs are designed this way because we know that there’s no better way to equip you with skills than by letting you do it.

Potential students must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. If you are 19 years of age or older, you may apply as a mature student. You must be able to effectively read, write, and communicate in the English language. Of course, you must also have a desire for the knowledge and skills to cook or bake!

Our Institute’s faculty and administrative staff are dedicated to you and your success. We all specialize and focus on our field of work – from the Admissions Department who is ready to answer your questions and give you a tour, to your Student Services Manager who assists you during your studies with us, to every Chef Instructor you encounter and everyone in between. Here at PICA, we’re proud of the fact that we get to know our students individually; we’re not just a school – we’re a family.

Our students come from all over the world! We have had students come from: Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the USA… and more.

The diversity of our student body allows our kitchens to become a melting pot of cultures. Learning from one another enhances students’ learning experiences even further in such a cosmopolitan environment.

Absolutely! We offer free job-search training and a lifetime employment placement assistance service for every graduate of our Institute. Whether you graduated a month ago or a decade ago, we’re here to help you succeed. 

Our graduates are enjoying successful careers around the globe. You can read more about them here

Our program dates are open for application up to one year in advance, but because of small class sizes, the programs tend to fill up very quickly. Potential students should submit their applications as soon as they have decided which start date they prefer, and once they have their finances in order. 

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts does not have on-site student residences. However, accommodation is plentiful within close proximity to the Institute. Please contact the Admissions Office if you require accommodation assistance. 

Applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee of $150.00. Upon acceptance, students secure their enrolment by submitting a tuition deposit and payment for uniforms and shoes with their Admissions Application.