Summer Diploma Program | Admission Requirements

Stratford Chefs School develops Canadian chefs through our uniquely industry-driven program.  Students are provided with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of classical cuisines.


Admission to the Summer Diploma Program is based on an assessment of a candidate’s goals, educational background and achievement, work experience, personal achievements, communication skills and maturity, as well as their suitability to the Stratford Chefs School program.

The Summer Diploma Program offers the same 16 week curriculum as the first half (Level 1) of our 32-week Professional Diploma program, delivered on a modified Summer schedule.

Stratford Chefs School’s Summer Diploma program requires intensive work both in and out of the kitchen, along with physical and mental stamina.


Applications are accepted online year-round. 

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The following Supporting Documentation is required with an Application:

  • Current Résumé
  • Proof of Education (one of the following documents):
  • Canadian Secondary School Academic Transcript
  • Canadian Secondary School Diploma
  • Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) (new)
  • General Education Development (GED) Certificate (if earned prior to May 3, 2024), or equivalent.
  • Brief Biographical Sketch outlining your culinary experiences to date and why you have chosen to study at Stratford Chefs School (500-750 words).
  • English Requirements
    Applicants must be able and prepared to study in English. If English is not your first language, you must provide one of the following:
    • Successful completion of an intensive English program for academic purposes at a recognized language school in Canada.
    • A recognized International language test score such as IELTS Academic (Minimum 6.0 with no skill below 5.5)

Supporting documents can be uploaded on the Application form, or can be sent by email to

Successful Applicants will be invited to meet with our Admissions Team.

Non-Canadian Citizens PLEASE NOTE: The School will accept Applications from U.S. citizens*, but the focus of our Programs is on Canadian students.


*Stratford Chefs School is NOT registered as a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) for the purposes of prospective International student study permits. Click for more Information on International Study Permits and Visas.


DOMESTIC Student Tuition: $8,600 CAD ($8,240 + Fees $160 and E-manuals $200)
INTERNATIONAL Student Tuition: $13,600 CAD ($13,240 + Fees $160 and E-manuals $200)

Not included: Books, iPad, equipment and uniform.


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