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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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We realize that choosing a culinary school is a big decision. We have tried to make it as easy as possible  for you by providing a list of frequently asked questions. Select the relevant categories and browse the questions within them. You may also use the "Filter" for a quick search; just type in the keyword/phrase related to your question.

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ACADEMIC
How do you grade your students?
A student’s final grade is a combination of three assessments: 1) Written test 2) Performance evaluations and 3) Final exam. Students are also given a mark each day in their practical class.
What makes your program different from other schools who offer culinary programs?

The main objective of our programs is to cultivate a practical knowledge, appreciation and respect of French culinary techniques at the service of world cuisine. Our programs are designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop their culinary skills through a hands-on practical approach in state-of-the-art kitchens under the mentorship of world class Chefs.

Students at Le Cordon Bleu learn from world class Chefs that were trained in the world’s finest restaurants and hotels. Small class sizes and a student-chef ratio of no more than 15:1 ensure students get personalized attention and coaching from their expert Chef instructors.

Students learn by watching professional Chefs prepare selected menus in demonstration theatres featuring close-circuit cameras, mirrors and audio systems. Then students get to practice and replicate recipes in professionally equipped kitchens designed with individual workspaces.

Students participate in seminars on topics such as butchery, safety and sanitation, chocolate, taste, and wine. We also offer short courses that focus on a variety of topics and an intensive course where students can earn a basic cuisine or patisserie certificate in only 5 weeks.

How many hours per week are students expected to commit?

Class hours run anywhere from 12–30 hours per week depending on the program, as follows:

Diplôme de Cuisine: approx. 15-18 hrs/wk

Diplôme de Pâtisserie: approx. 12 hrs/wk

GRAND DIPLÔME®: approx. 27-30 hrs/wk

Boulangerie: approx. 20 hrs/wk

Are the courses at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa consistent with those offered at other Le Cordon Bleu campuses?
The programs and courses taught at our International Le Cordon Bleu campuses follow the similar curriculum. A student can complete Basic Cuisine in Ottawa, Intermediate Cuisine in Paris and Superior Cuisine in London. While the course outline and recipes taught to the students may vary, the foundation and methodology are consistent and standard across all our schools.
Are the courses taught in French or English?
All of the courses at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa are instructed in English by our French-trained chefs. Our students come from all around the world and, as such, English is used as a common language.
What level of English proficiency is required to study at Le Cordon Bleu?
Prospective Students must:
  • Have a diploma from an Ontario secondary school within the meaning of the Education Act or an equivalent diploma;
OR
  • Be 18 years of age on or before the day the program commences, and successfully complete a qualifying test
If I have previous culinary experience and/or training can I be exempt from the Basic Level Course(s)?

Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute will consider Recognition of Prior Learning. The application for this status requires a 2 month lead time before the commencement of the course/session.

Students who wish to obtain such a status must be willing to:

  • Provide supporting documentation of “Prior Learning”
  • Meet for an Interview
  • Prepare for an oral and written exam
  • Participate in a practical exam (fee of $200)
  • Complete a form of 'prior learning recognition"

For further inquiries about how you may be considered for 'Prior Learning', please contact us.

When can I see my schedule?

Schedules are distributed at the orientation session on the first day of class.

 

 
ADMISSION
What are the admission requirements?
In order to apply for a certificate or diploma course, students must:

Have a diploma from an Ontario secondary school within the meaning of the Education Act or an equivalent diploma.

OR

Be 18 years of age on or before the day the program commences, and successfully complete a qualifying test

Please also take note of our Application Process and the related requirements.
How far in advance should I apply?
We recommend that we receive the application within a minimum of 4 - 6 months before the session begins. There are no set registration deadline dates, however, courses do fill up quickly. For international students, it is best to apply as soon as possible to ensure enough time to obtain a visa once the student has received a letter of acceptance into Le Cordon Bleu.
What if I don't have a high school diploma?
Students who do not have a high school diploma must pass the Wonderlic test, which is administered at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa.
When can I apply for a visa?
The student must apply for a visa once he/she has received a letter stating that he/she has been accepted into Le Cordon Bleu.
 
GENERAL
Will I be a Chef once I complete my studies at Le Cordon Bleu?
At Le Cordon Bleu we provide our students with the skills, training and mentorship necessary to launch them into their culinary careers. We have found that our students are better equipped upon graduation and their skills help them move up the career ladder faster. In order to become a professionally trained Chef, graduates must obtain practical experience in various restaurant and kitchen settings.
Does your school issue tuition tax credits?
As a Registered Private Vocational School, Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa is authorized to issue education tax receipts (Form T2202A in Canada). All Canadian students will be issued their T2202A form by mail. To ensure that the contact information given to us is relevant and up-to-date, please visit our Student Portal.
Does Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa offer Student Housing?
Presently, Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa does not offer student housing. Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations, but we can assist our students by providing them with options for housing within the Ottawa area. Upon registration, students will receive a list of any known housing options for their reference as they search for accommodations.
If I have previous culinary experience and/or training can I be exempt from the Basic Level Course(s)?

Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute will consider Recognition of Prior Learning. The application for this status requires a 2 month lead time before the commencement of the course/session.

Students who wish to obtain such a status must be willing to:

  • Provide supporting documentation of “Prior Learning”
  • Meet for an Interview
  • Prepare for an oral and written exam
  • Participate in a practical exam

For further inquiries about how you may be considered for "Prior Learning", please contact us.

 
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
How do I apply for a Student Visa if I’m an international student?

An international student must first complete and submit the application package.

Once the student has been accepted, he/she will receive an acceptance letter. Students must then contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate within their native country for a Visa Application

‘Proof of Student Status’ – a letter that will be sent as part of the Registration Package once the application to our Institute has been accepted.

We encourage students to register with us and apply for a student visa well in advance of the start date of their first course. It may take a few weeks for students to receive their Registration Packages and possibly a couple of months for the visa to be processed. The ‘Proof of Student Status’ will only list the courses and dates for which we have a received a deposit/payment.

Can I work in Canada if I am a foreign student?
Recent changes to the Canadian Student Visa Program now permit international students to work up to 20 hours per week while studying in Canada. Additionally, these students may also work full time in between school terms.

Study permit holders in Canada may gain work experience by working off campus while completing their studies.

As of June 1, 2014, you may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week:
  • during regular academic sessions and
  • full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.
To qualify, you must:
  • have a valid study permit,
  • be a full-time student,
  • be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level, and
  • be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.
Read more about the details of the program:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-offcampus.asp
 

 
 
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