Chefs Assistant I Certificate

About Chefs Assistant I Certificate

The Chefs Assistant I Certificate builds a strong foundation that allows you to further specialize as you progress in your career in the culinary industry. You'll study sustainable food preparation, handling, sanitation and safety, as well as business and management principles. This course of study gives you the knowledge and hands-on skills needed for entry-level positions, including (but not limited to): line cook, line lead cook, commis, chef assistant, prep cook, soup or sauce cook, and similar positions in institutional food service, small to large hospitality operations, cruise ships and more.

Total Costs of Chefs Assistant I Certificate

(in-district) Total Amount: $3,227

Credit Hours to Complete: 18

Weeks to Complete: 32

What you need to know about getting your Chefs Assistant I Certificate (CIP 12.0505)

Total Chefs Assistant I Certificate Costs
in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,007 $6,655 $8,359 $8,359
Additional Costs $1,220 $1,220 $1,220 $1,220
Program Total $3,227 $7,875 $9,579 $9,579

What makes MCC's Chefs Assistant I Certificate program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

  • The program is designed so you can complete your Chefs Assistant I Certificate or Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate as you work toward either your Culinary Management AAS or your Baking and Pastry Management AAS.

The Culinary Management Program includes:

What careers are available to someone with a an Chefs Assistant I Certificate

Occupations that Chefs Assistant I Certificate prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 35-2012
Cooks, Private Household 35-2013
Cooks, All Other 35-2019

How will MCC's Chefs Assistant I Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

By completing the Sanitation and Safety course, you are eligible to sit for the State of Illinois Sanitation Certificate examination.

By the Numbers:

  • Salary Range: Most fields offer excellent earnings expectations and potential.
  • Job Outlook:
    • On average there are more than 800 openings in the culinary field in McHenry County alone
    • Ninety percent of students find jobs in culinary arts within one year of graduation

Outside of the Classroom

In addition to standard coursework, you have the opportunity to work in the Tartan Bistro, our student-run restaurant, and Sweet Scots, our student-run bakery.

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.