The Rocky Mountain Chefs of Colorado Apprenticeship Program

The Chef's' Apprenticeship Program is offered through the Rocky Mountain Chefs of Colorado with college credit available through Red Rocks Community College. Interested students must attend an orientation session. All interested students must prepare themselves prior to orientation sessions by reading information and understanding apprenticeship, requirements, step-by-step procedures, how to apply, and tuition requirements.

Culinary Arts Information Sessions (no sign up required)

  • Orientation dates for Fall 2019 will start in April of 2019.  Please check this page for announcements. NO Spring semester enrollment is offered for this program.

Orientation dates for 2019

April 1, 2019 4-5 pm Room REA 1662

May 6, 2019 4-5 pm Room REA 1162

June 3, 2019 4-5 pm Room REA 1162

July 1, 2019 4-5 pm Room REA 1162

August 5, 2019 4-5 pm Room REA 1162

REA 1162 is on the EAST end across from the Red Fox room

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What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program combined with technical classroom instruction. This program combines an Associate of Applied Science degree with 6000-hour (3 Year) European-style Dual registered apprenticeship. Students study the classical foundations of modern cuisine as well as a broad scope of business courses designed to prepare individuals for the challenges of today’s food service industry, while getting paid for each hour worked.

Benefits to the Apprentice

  • Develop real world skills based on job experience
  • Create career paths with long term financial security
  • Provide full time employment
  • Create documented skills
  • Develop a personal philosophical base that builds ideals for a successful culinary career
  • Develop professional work ethics through a commitment to the apprenticeship program
  • "Earn while you learn" philosophy
  • Earn progressively higher wages over the term of training
  • Experience long term financial benefits
  • Receive nationally and internationally recognized credentials upon completion
  • Develop documented skills that are transferable
  • Develop a personal sense of pride and professionalism necessary for success in the hospitality industry
  • Three year culinary education
  • Lab and classroom construction that compliments work instruction
  • Offered Associates of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts, transferable to 4 year institutions and higher


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Program Offerings

The Culinary Arts Program is offered through Rocky Mountain Chefs of Colorado with credit available through Red Rocks Community College toward the following degrees and certificate:


Please click here to view Culinary Arts degree.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts


Please click here to view Culinary Arts certificate.

  • Introduction to Culinary Arts Certificate
  • Certificate in Culinary Arts (a passing grade for all culinary arts certificate classes must be 70% or higher)


Joachim Schaaf
Chef Instructor/Apprenticeship Chair