Professional Cook Certificate

Career Certificate

Cook up a career in the culinary field

Got a passion for preparing food? Learn hands-on cooking techniques, sanitation and safety. Complete this certificate and earn the ServSafe Foodservice Sanitation license.

Get immersed in the basics. Build a strong foundation in culinary excellence. CLC partners with the community to help students get started in the multi-faceted hospitality industry. Gain hands-on experience working in restaurants, bakeries, clubs, catering and more.

What can you do with a Professional Cook Certificate?

Begin working in the food service industry as a dishwasher, busser or station attendant. If you already have work experience and earn this certificate, you can begin a career in any of the following roles:

  • cook
  • prep cook
  • station attendant
  • supervisor

If you complete the professional cook certificate and are hungry for more, earn a professional chef certificate to take your culinary skills to the next level.


  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1 Year

    Full-time students finish in 1 year.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Prairie at Brae Loch

    Gain hands-on learning at this student-managed restaurant.
  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.

Career Outlook

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Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    HCM 110 3
    HCM 113 1
    HCM 111 4
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 110
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 113
      Course Title
      Credits 1
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 111
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    HCM 112 4
    HCM 214 3
    • Course Code HCM 112
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 214
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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Hospitality and Culinary Management at CLC

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This certificate is just one possible way to study Hospitality and Culinary Management. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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