Certified Chef Apprenticeship : Emily Griffith Technical College

Certified Chef Apprenticeship

If you are interested in working your way up in the Culinary industry, a certified chef apprenticeship is a cost-effective way to earn your education.

What does it mean to be a certified chef? If you are interested in working your way up through the culinary industry becoming a Certified Sous Chef is an important stepping stone if you want to become an Executive Chef. 

In the Certified Chef apprenticeship, you’ll work at a sponsoring restaurant while completing 4,000 hours of hands-on work hours with a sponsoring chef.  You will attend class only one night a week. The Certified Chef apprenticeship program is certified by the American Culinary Federation. The program costs $7,000 but some sponsor restaurants offer tuition assistance, plus you’ll be earning a wage while you learn.

Requirements: If you are interested in the Certified Chef apprenticeship, you must be 17 years or older with a high school diploma or GED. 

Want more information? Get the Apprenticeship Program Flyer. 

Where can you start your Certified Chef apprenticeship? 

Emily Griffith Technical College has partnered with a number of different unions and trade organizations to offer apprenticeship programs. 

If you are interested in the Certified Chef Apprenticeship, please reach out to one of the partners listed below to learn how to get started. 

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"There was so much support and opportunity," explains Debbie why she chose to come to Emily Griffith. "There's so much value for your money."

Debbie Wallis is a recent HSE graduate and a current student in our Accounting program. Debbie came to Emily Griffith in order to advance her career. “I felt like to go forward I needed a degree,” she says. She works full-time in purchasing and felt that studying accounting would help her move into better jobs. But before could start the Accounting program she had to get her GED so she took HSE prep classes at Emily Griffith. 

“There was so much support and opportunity,” explains Debbie why she chose to come to Emily Griffith. “There’s so much value for your money.” When she completes the Accounting program, she is considering transferring her credits to go on and earn an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. She encourages others to continue their education as well. “It’s never to late to study and get a degree,” she says. 

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